Top Ten Lists of Eighties Albums
What are your top ten favorite albums from the 80s?
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By: K. Harmon
- 10. Making Movies by Dire Straights
Best album from an often overlooked band. I've seen some great concerts, Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Queen, Genesis, Van Halen, Ac/DC, Rush and on and on, but the Dire Straights concert was the best. They were called out for 5 encores and finally just sat on the stage while everyone in the packed 19,000 seat arena cheered.
- 9. Steel Town by Big Country
This one starts out strong and never lets go. Too bad techno-pop came into fashion and these guys didn't get the airtime they deserved. Still managed to sell over 10 million records....
- 8. Under The Gun by Poco
An under appreciated album from an underappreciated band.
- 7. Long Distance Voyager by The Moody Blues
The big comeback album, went all the way to number 1. Sadly they were not able to follow it up.
- 6. The Innocent Age by Dan Fogelberg
A master songwriter at his peak.
- 5. The Wall by Pink Floyd
A late 79 early 80 release. The classic concept album
- 4. The Seer by Big Country
Another winner from a truly amazing band. If you haven't listened to this group, you might want to give them a try.
- 3. Lifes Rich Pagent by REM
One of the greatest groups at their best.
- 2. War by U2
A less popular choice than The Joshua Tree, but this one has more power from Sunday Bloody Sunday, New Years Day, to Drowning Man
- 1. The Crossing by Big Country
The most underrated band in the world. Listen to this album and you will be amazed that it is all done on guitars.
By: Paul Voorhies
- 10. Control by Janet Jackson
Janet's breakthrough album hit hard, with hits hard enough to be considered true r&b, and pop enough to make huge waves. "The Pleasure Principle" is one of the best dance songs of the decade, and "Nasty" and the title track are also among the best tracks.
- 9. Madonna by Madonna
M's maiden album may have been "just" disco-dance, but it started a real phenomenon. Much better than its successor, "Like a Virgin," the "first album," as called by fans in the know, is raw, peppy, and surprisingly newwave in spots. "Borderline" and "Burning Up" rank as my faves.
- 8. Invisible Touch by Genesis
Often made fun of and consistently panned, Phil and co. prove here at least, that all the criticism was unjustified. 5 Top 5 hits--all worthy of that status--help to showcase an incredibly strong album. "In Too Deep" is my fave.
- 7. Back In The Highlife by Steve Winwood
True to its title, this album propelled Steve to heights he'd never seen before. "Higher Love," "The Finer Things," and the title track are all highlights of the decade
- 6. Rhythm Nation: 1814 by Janet Jackson
Shockingly, it's a better album than its predeccesor, Control. Ms. Jackson proved (at least temporarily) that she was the real thing.
- 5. Stronger Than Pride by Sade
The decade's must-have "beautiful sound" album. Lush, tropical, and oh-so-pretty.
- 4. She's So Unusual by Cyndi Lauper
Her debut album gave us 5 big hits and a preview of what was to come for the rest of the decade.
- 3. Faith by George Michael
Not a bad song among the bunch. The title track, Kissing a Fool, and Monkey remain my faves.
- 2. The Best of Blondie by Blondie
Showing us why they're such a great band, the best Greatest Hits album of the decade doesn't miss a bit. Every song is a winner!
- 1. Like a Prayer by Madonna
Queen of Pop's best '80s album (and 2nd best to 98's Ray of Light) is a tribute to her love, life, and family. The title track was startling for its time, and follow-up Express Yourself, and its accompanying perfect video, along with several other gems, make this album rock-solid.
- 10. Human's Lib by Howard Jones
If you love the synth and catchy tunes, you'll love this.
- 9. Moving Pictures by Rush
A classic rock album that came out in the 80's - gotta love it!
- 8. What Time Is It? by The Time
Prince's side project (wrote all the tunes) which is monumentally funky and epitomizes the word "COOL"
- 7. The Crossing by Big Country
Whenever I listen to this album it vaults me back into the 80's
- 6. Business As Usual by Men At Work
A unique album that is great from start to finish
- 5. Zenyatta Mondatta by The Police
Every song is great from this classic band.
- 4. Thriller by Michael Jackson
What can you say, it is a masterpiece.
- 3. Provisions by Scritti Politti
A masterpiece of production and extremely funky. I love Roger Troutman's computer vocals on Boom There She Was.
- 2. Unforgettable Fire by U2
My favorite U2 album - haunting, melodic and moving
- 1. Sign O' The Times by Prince
Sergeant Pepper's of the 80's. Has everything. Funky dance, rock'n'roll, killer ballads...a classic!
I tried to only put one album by each artist but I could have easily included "THe Joshua Tree", "1999", "Synchronicity". Other honourable mentions: ABC-Lexicon of Love, Night and Day-Joe Jackson, Couldn't Stand The Weather - Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hearsay - Alexander O'Neal
- 10. Bad by Michael Jackson
While not nearly on par with Thriller in terms of success, 24 million albums worldwide and 5 #1 hits don't lie. This one will make you dance, even today.
- 9. Like A Virgin by Madonna
More of a cultural centerpiece than a musical work, this record still gave us a small but significant sight into the phenom that was to be Madonna.
- 8. Appetite For Destruction by Guns 'N' Roses
Smashed the living crap out of the stereotypical 80s rock sound, this album was probably the most well disguised of all time. Proof that a strong sound outlasts almost any record-company created image.
- 7. Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
Though not as well crafed as their 1988 release "New Jersey", the raw rock and roll energy of this record can't be denied. Despite an often undersculpted sound, this album stood up as a truly genre-transcending album amidst a sea of big hair and make-up.
- 6. Purple Rain by Prince
Beautiful songs sung by an awkward, but appealing 5'2" frame of a man. Prince was proof that size didn't matter after spending 24 weeks at #1 with this album.
- 5. Reckless by Bryan Adams
The absolute purest form of rock and roll was embedded firmly in this record. Summer Of '69 is likely the most underrated culturally impacting song of our time.
- 4. Thriller by Michael Jackson
Likely the most infectious album of the rock era, this record still sells an average of 1,000,000 copies per year worldwide. Accurately described as "Not everyone's cup of tea...but everyone's cup of water".
- 3. Born In The USA by Bruce Springsteen
The best of 'The Boss' by far. Nothing was more in tune with the American attitude at the time than this record.
- 2. Hysteria by Def Leppard
Mutt Lange has been the engineer of some of our favourite songs of the past 25 years, and this piece of work was no exception. Hit for hit, this probably tops any album of the entire decade.
- 1. Joshua Tree by U2
What more can you say about possibly the biggest album of the past 20 years that hasn't already been said?
By: Trea Higdon
- 10. 1984 by Van Halen
Eddie Van Halen rules!!
- 9. Who Made Who by AC/DC
The kings of metal.
- 8. Hysteria by Def Leppard
Pour some sugar on me!!!!
- 7. Thriller by Michael Jackson
#1 selling of all time. He may be strange but he is th eking of pop.
- 6. Purple Rain by Prince
Great movie also.
- 5. Miami Vice Soundtrack by Various artists
Phil Collins " In the Air tonight" is the best song to listen to when preparing for a football game.
- 4. Appetite for Destruction by Guns and Roses
Wish they were still together.
- 3. Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
The start of "Hair Bands."
- 2. Born in the USA by Bruce Springstein
- 1. Joshua Tree by U2
The best album of all time
Without a doubt the best music came from the 80's!!!!!!!
- 10. Let It Be by Laibach
Slovenian industrial band covered a Beatles album. Better than original.
- 9. Simple Man by Klaus Nomi
Opera singer in rock world. Rest in peace.
- 8. Happy Planet by Wall Of Voodoo
"Beach Boys meets Kraftwerk"
- 7. Opera Electronica by Data
- 6. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 by Midnight Oil
Political band with great guitar melodies.
- 5. The Garden by John Foxx
The king of neu romantik.
- 4. Pop Goes The World by Men Without Hats
Great theme album.
- 3. Computerwelt by Kraftwerk
Those german perfectionists.
- 2. Some Great Reward by Depeche Mode
Human touch on synthpop.
- 1. Oh, no! It's DEVO by Devo
Best robotrock album ever.
By: Philip Judge
- 10. The Number of the Beast by Iron Maiden
The Beggining of an era...
- 9. Hatful of Hollow by The Smiths
- 8. The Game by Queen
Same of The Works
- 7. The Works by Queen
Full of classic songs
- 6. 90125 by Yes
Jon Anderson still singing perfectly
- 5. Doolittle by Pixies
It changed my mind....
- 4. The Joshua Tree by U2
Oh boy... this is a treasure....
- 3. The Wall by Pink Floyd
This 3 first albuns ( thriller, queen is dead and the wall) could be all in the 1st place together...
- 2. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
- 1. Thriller by Michael Jackson
I miss many albuns here... but there´s no positions enough.... why not an Yo La Tengo, Sonic Youth or Madonna's albun...???? I miss them...
By: Farting Pixie
- 10. Appetite for Destruction by Guns N' Roses
grew up listening to it,this list can't be without it.
- 9. Master of Puppets by Metallica
without a doubt,Metallica at the peak of their career,Cliff Burton last album with the boys,every damn songs kick ass,Battery,Master of Puppets,Damage Inc,Orion,everything on this album is just too good to be true...
- 8. Surfer Rosa by The Pixies
the pixies could have been as big as the beatles or U2,but they just don't have the luck,ironically Pixies is a better band than U2 in my opinion,anyway,this album kick some serious ass,and Francis Black's and Kim Deal's Duet makes this the best duet album since Ella and Louis in 1956,i don't know if i call that a joke,but somehow it makes sense...
- 7. New Day Rising by Husker Du
Husker Du's most melodic album,if you haven't heard of them,check them out,and you can see where Franics Black and Kurt Cobain get their vocal trick from.one of the greatest underrated band ever.
- 6. Paul's Boutique by The Beastie Boys
this album used the most samples ever assembled on tapes,and every songs sounds so fresh,funny,funky and much much more,and beastie boys at their creative peak,check out the beatles sampled track The Sounds of Science.
- 5. The Queen is Dead by The Smiths
brit rock at it best,but sounds very very original....and every track is damn good
- 4. Reign In Blood by Slayer
this album grows on you,everytime i listen,i thought i am listening to some funk of jazz record,which each listens,more funk is digged
- 3. The Stone Roses (US Version) by The Stone Roses
the US version contains Fools Gold and Elephant Stone(which the UK original tracklisting doesn't have),which is very very important to make this album of the 90s.
- 2. Psychocandy by The Jesus and Mary Chain
Phil Spector,Beach Boys,Velvet Underground,The Stooges all into one fucking wall of sounds
- 1. Doolittle by The Pixies
the most influential band of the alternative rock scene.
some honour mention,The Joshua Tree by U2,Thriller by Michael Jackson(talking about 80s without talking about this album,must be a joke),Double Nickel on the Dime by Minutemen,best comical album,funky guitar,funny lyrics,Nothing's Shocking by Jane's Addiction...
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