Top Ten Lists of Eighties Albums
What are your top ten favorite albums from the 80s?
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- 10. Street Songs by Rick James
THE UNDENIABLE KING OF FUNK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! May he live on and on too.
- 9. Faith by George Michael
One of the baddest White soul singers of his time. May he live on and on.
- 8. Hysteria by Def Leppard
They were not Hair Metal. Feel-good danceable metal is more like it. They rocked. POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME!!!!!!
- 7. Appetite For Destruction by Guns & Roses
I may be a brotha, but I'm a fan of heavy metal. The people who said they seemed like they were the next Rolling Stones were right. This is definitely a classic album! Why Axl act like a biatch now?! I don't get it.
- 6. Private Dancer by Tina Turner
The ultimate album from the ultimate Queen of Rock! RECOMMENDED!
- 5. Purple Rain by Prince
His Royal Badness was COOL way before his time.
- 4. Thriller by Michael Jackson
No one can touch Michael or Janet if you had a ten-foot pole. They're the king and queen of pop, stop messin'! This album is indeed a classic. 20 years and still fresh. Michael is STILL the man, don't hate.
- 3. Bad by Michael Jackson
The best that ever done it. The king. An underrated classic that deserves its own position in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Mike Jack never sounds so fresh.
- 2. Control by Janet Jackson
Again, as I said, NO ONE can touch the QUEEN! Another classic album. The one that broke her away from the Jackson family and into pop mythology. Definitely a legendary album! RECOMMENDED FOR '80S R&B, DANCE & POP LOVERS!
- 1. Rhythm Nation by Janet Jackson
First off, this woman, along with Madonna, had a lot to do with today's female artist. She's the Queen of it all and in the late-'80s, there was nothing bad u could say about Janet Jackson. This album, IMHO, made her the legend she has become today. It's so fresh, so wicked, a classic album. No one can top the true Queen of Pop & R&B, please believe it!
I LOVE THE '80s (since I am a '80s baby myself. :) )
- 10. Rio by Duran Duran
Yeah, for a while I wished that I could really play keyboards and be Nick Rhodes would get sick, and the gang would call me up to ask me to fill in at the last minute. The girls would love me, the guys would want to be like me, and it all happened with this album. Duran Duran went on to put out many great pieces of 80s music but never topped this. Me? I grew up and became a lawyer. *laugh*
- 9. Remain In Light by Talking Heads
'And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile" Even at 10 yrs old, I knew that the Talking Heads could burn down the house.
- 8. Vivid by Living Colour
Vernon Reid and Corey Glover are just amazing... plain and simple. I wore this one out my first semester in college.
- 7. Beauty And The Beat by Go-Go's
After I made my mother realize that just because the women on the cover were in towels, the album wasn't obscene, I wore out 2 copies of the LP. Good stuff, those go-go's.
- 6. In Visible Silence by Art of Noise
- 5. Scarecrow by John Cougar Mellencamp
The plight of the family farm was only starting to be known. JCM smacked us square in the face with it. One of the few albums I can listen to from start to finish and wish there was still more. There are days I feel like Minutes to Memories was written just for me.
- 4. Dream Of The Blue Turtles by Sting
'In the empire of the senses, you're the queen of all you survey." Sting's first solo album was his best.
- 3. Listen Like Thieves by INXS
Was the tape my best friend and I would pop in when we went cruising and wanted to be cool. We weren't, but it wasn't the album's fault. Lacked the commercial appeal of KICK, which only helped me like it more.
- 2. Lead Me On by Amy Grant
Definately an unrepresented genre from what I saw in other lists. LMO is considered one of the very best in contemporary Christrian music. It was music from Amy while she was still on the edge of mainstream success while dealing with questions of her life and faith. First line, first song pretty much sums up the 80s for me, "We were young, and none of us knew quite what to say...". The only Christian album I own.
- 1. Joshua Tree by U2
Still probably one of the best albums I have ever heard... I imagine in 30 yrs I'll still say the same.
In the 'real close' list... 10,000 Maniacs Blind Man's Zoo, though it still makes me want to slice my wrists. They Might Be Giants --Flood, I think it was actually released the first week of Jan, 1990. De La Soul, 3 Feet High and Rising. NIN Pretty Hate Machine. Prince 1999 INXS KICK & Just about anything by Simple Minds.
By: Dawn S
- 10. Kick by INXS
I love this album. I thought that the lead singer was so cute too!
- 9. Pump by Aerosmith
Love these guys as well!
- 8. Reckoning by R.E.M
I love r.e.m!
- 7. 1984 by Van Halen
LOVE THESE GUYS!!!!!!!!!!
- 6. Hysteria by Def Lepard
I really loved this one
- 5. Pyromania by Def Lepard
- 4. Appetite for Destruction by Guns-n-Roses
I JUST LOVE THIS ALBUM!!!!!!
- 3. Thiller by Michael Jackson
This was just the best album from him.
- 2. Dr. Feelgood by Motely Crue
I loved everyone of the songs on this album
- 1. Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
I just love this album! I love Jon Bongovi too!
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By: Matt Glassing
- 10. Blizzard Of Oz by Ozzy Osbourne
- 9. Rust In Peace by Megadeth
Hanger 18 great song!
- 8. Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
- 7. Dr. Feelgood by Motley Crue
Very tasteful album!
- 6. Women and Children First by Van Halen
Has eveerybody wants some!!! the best song!
- 5. Skid Row by Skid Row
Mega sweet album!
- 4. Back In Black by AC/DC
- 3. Master of Puppets by Metallica
- 2. Ride The Lightning by Metallica
Every song is good on this album!
- 1. Appetite For Destruction by Guns n Roses
One of the best albums ever!
Rock 'n' Roll for ever!!!!!!!
By: Scott Fryxell
Metal is the way to go.
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- 10. Control by Janet Jackson
the mtv icon,getting rid of her bubble gum pop style into more kick butt style,and her videos are so cool.
- 9. Rio by Dduran Duran
rulers of video age,heartthrobs,pretty guys,great songs.wow!i love it.
- 8. Thriller by Michael Jackson
one of the top performers and this made him a star,also another star rocked mtv.
- 7. Joshua Tree by U2
a classical album from the irish band,their songs are truly pure genuis they were so young and yet so great.
- 6. Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
cool heavy metal with keyboards,its the greatest album ever,when you listen to it,thats how it proves how great it is.
- 5. Appetite For Destruction by Guns 'n' Roses
cool l.a heavy metal,love the songs like welcome to the jungle and sweet child of mime etc,this rocks your world.
- 4. Purple Rain by Prince
its also one of my favourite prince albums,it shows the true diverse of prince,he became a superstar and rocked mtv,a genius,i love when doves cry.
- 3. Lik A Prayer by Madonna
this showed the serious and personal side of madonna,and the album is quite controversal,but its a great album,and she is so great.
- 2. Faith by George Michael
getting rid of his cheesy image in boy band style,into more mature and saucy style,exellent songs.
- 1. Pyromania/Hysteria by Def Leppard
these are the best albums from the sheifield quient,i'm crazy about these guys and the videos are great on mtv.
i love mtv artists,and these are the greatest albums of all time.
By: Nigel Swords
- 10. Into The Gap by Thompson Twins
Probably my favourite album. This was a pop album where style and substance met. Remember the Eighties music scene was as much visual as it was aural. The Twins were leaders in there pop field and there tunes stand up today.
- 9. Running in the Family by Level 2
Everytime I tell someone that I like Level 42 (who have heard of them) I get laughed at. There isn't any reason to, they really are overlooked and deserve more credit than they get. Slightly pretentious granted, but with songs like "Lessons in Love", "Freedom Someday" and "Running in the Family" there is certainly some vein of talent running through the band and this album.
- 8. Yazoo by Upstairs at Erics
Yazoo are really worth a re-visit. They were a duo and there songs were really simple, but they had classic riffs and hooks aplenty.
- 7. Lexicon of love by ABC
So suave, so modern, so stylish, so Berlin 1920's. The Synth is fast becoming the Strataverius of our time.
- 6. Forever Young by Alphaville
"Let's dance in style, let's dance for a while" Indeed!
- 5. Shine by Kids in the Kitchen
Australia's answer to Duran Duran. This is a fantastic album and the track "Current Stand" is one of the great songs of the Eighties. For all those that can, get a copy of this album you won't be disappointed.
- 4. Rattlesnakes by Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
I was worded up about this album by a colleague who said I would really like it. I finally got around to listening to it completely sometime in the nineties and he was right. Lloyd Cole really seemed to know where he was at and this album is a product of that talent and confidence.
- 3. Once Upon a Time by Simple Minds
Sure it was lambasted for being overly commercial, but I for one can't tell the difference. I just like it.
- 2. Infected by The The
I roomed at boarding school with a guy who played this album from dawn to dusk, and I hated it. But by the end of that semester, I had to own it, Matt Johnson is one of the great word smiths of his time.
- 1. Cupid & Psyche 85 by Scritti Politti
Joyous, so disposeable, so pop, so now, I mean then.
There were so many other great albums of the era "She's so Unusual" Cyndi Lauper, "Rio" Dunran Duran, "Swing" INXS, "War" U2, "Falco3" Falco, it goes on and on, "Deep Sea Skiving" Bananarama. The eighties were truly "the new Rennaisance" especially that period from 1982 to 1987.
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