Top Ten Lists of Eighties Albums

What are your top ten favorite albums from the 80s?

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By: Ted
  • 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
    love it
  • 4. Appetite for Destruction by Guns-n-Roses
  • 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
    Ozzy's best!
  • 9. Rust In Peace by Megadeth
    Hanger 18 great song!
  • 8. Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
    Great album!
  • 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
    Sweet album!
  • 3. Master of Puppets by Metallica
    Good album.
  • 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
  • 10. The Number Of The Beast by Iron Maiden
  • 9. Revenge by KISS
  • 8. Skid Row by Skid Row
  • 7. Appetite For Destruction by Guns 'N Roses
    Aie Oh
  • 6. Ride The Lightning by Metallica
  • 5. Shout At The Devil by Motley Crue
    Crue Fans Are The Best!
  • 4. Back In Black by AC/DC
    Back In Black
  • 3. 1984 by Van Halen
    Eddie Van Halen Is Awesome.
  • 2. Master Of Puppets by Metallica
    Metal Up Your Ass!
  • 1. Dr. Feelgood by Motley Crue
    Crue Fans Are The Best!
Metal is the way to go.
By: JR
By: Scott Mussell
  • 10. Bossanova by The Pixies
  • 9. Surfer Rosa by The Pixies
  • 8. Duran Duran by Duran Duran
  • 7. Your Mother Was A Whore by The Kitty Cat Club
  • 6. Flood by They Might Be Giants
  • 5. Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegtables by The Dead Kenedys
  • 4. Violent Femmes by Vioolent Femmes
  • 3. Pornography by The Cure
  • 2. The Queen is Dead by The Smiths
  • 1. Doolittle by Pixies
    The greatest album by probably the greatest band.
By: zara khan
  • 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!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.
By: Bob
By: Joseph Lee Snyder
  • 10. Motley Crue by Motley Crue
    A very good album that should have never been a Motley Crue album if you ask Nikki Sixx and I do agree. SOme of the best music I have ever heard but as we all know MOtley will always be Vince, Nikki, tommy and Mick. As Nikki saidit should have been released as a side project so it could have been judged for the music and not the motley name.
  • 9. A Diet For A New America by 58
    Another release from a member of The Crue. A very good album and nikki vocals and songs are amazing. After hearing this you will agree with me when I say that Nikki should try singing more often.
  • 8. Never A Dull Moment by Tommy Lee
    Not actually released in the 80's but a new release by the gretest drummer in any 80's band: Motley Crue. This album shows Tommy Lee's consant evolution in music and that he can make it without Vince, Nikki and Mick although I know it would be great to have the band back together again.
  • 7. Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses
    An album like this comes along once in a lifetime. This album is the perfect thing that came in between the glam era and the grunge era and had the best of both worlds.
  • 6. What Comes Aroung Goes Around by Tuff
    Another great glam album. CHeck out the song wake me up written by Poison's Bret Michaels and also check out the song The all new generation which is a tribute to all the past and present rock stars of the time. ALso check otu the rest of the album. You won't be dissapointed.
  • 5. Hollyweird by Poison
    The most recent album by the glam slam kings of noise. A great album. Oure rock. No ballads. If you a looking for a true rock CD this is the one.
  • 4. Hollywood Vampires by L.A. Guns
    An excellent album by a band that is constantly evolving. This Cd is a great mix of Glam and Goth.
  • 3. Slave To The Grind by Skid Row
    A very underated Heavy Metal band who was born in the Glam era. What makes this band and this album so great is the way the perfectly blend Metal and Glam.
  • 2. Leather Boys With Electric Toys by Pretty Boy Floyd
    What real Glam rock is all about. You won't find a better Galm band anywhere.
  • 1. Psycho Cafe by Bang Tango
    A great album by a very underrated band. I you haven't heard them yet you should.
Honorable mention to Def Leppard's Hysteria, Bon Jovi's Keep the faith and Warrant Cherry Pie.

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