Top Ten Lists of Eighties Albums

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

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By: Nick
  • 10. Faith by George Michael
    Top album.
  • 9. The Joshua Tree by U2
    Although not as good as their earlier stuff, still a brilliant album from start to finish.
  • 8. The adventures of Slick Rick by Slick Rick
    Some of his lyrics might be controversial to say the least, who else could have the musical innovation he showed with lodi dodi.
  • 7. Head on the door by The Cure
    A timeless album.
  • 6. War by U2
    Forget All that you can't leave behind, U2 is in cruise control now. U2's earlier stuff is far more interesting.
  • 5. The message by Grandmaster Flash
    Run-DMC perfected rap, but this is where it began.
  • 4. Back In Black by AC/DC
    Incredible for a band to lose there lead singer and come back with an album this good.
  • 3. Thriller by Michael Jackson
    Defining moment of music, but all downhill for MJ from here.
  • 2. Zapp 1 by Zapp
    Consistently brilliant funk from start to finish. Roger Troutman is the most underated artist ever.
  • 1. Raising hell by Run-DMC
    What can I say, best rap album ever.
By: Gert
  • 10. Miami Vice Soundtrack 1-3 by Various
  • 9. Non Stop Erotic Cabaret by Softcell
  • 8. Disintegration by The Cure
  • 7. Purple Rain by Prince
  • 6. Seven And The Ragged Tiger by Duran Duran
  • 5. So Red The Rose by Arcadia
  • 4. Dare! by Human League
  • 3. Lexicon of Love by ABC
  • 2. La Verite by Classix Nouveaux
  • 1. Rio by Duran Duran
There are of a lot of good groups with great albums: U2/Joshua Tree; Ultravox/Vienna; Eurythmics/1984; Bryan Ferry/Boys & Girls, Spandau Ballet/Parade; OMD/Junk Culture; Visage/Fade to Grey; Jan Hammer/Escape From Television...
By: Ben Sanderfer
  • 10. Franke & the Knockouts by Below the Belt
    Mostly forgotten, Franke & The Knockouts were known for hits like "Sweetheart" and "Without You (Not Another Lonely Night)." If you can find this album, it is a great rock-n-roll album.
  • 9. Thriller by Michael Jackson
    While Michael Jackson lost his touch after this album, there was something about this album that worked...even if it hasn't aged well.
  • 8. Metal Health by Quiet Riot
    Metal ruled in the 80s, and this is the album that started it all!
  • 7. Roger Hodgson by In the Eye of the Storm
    Supertramp frontman showed he was better off without his group,
  • 6. Queen by The Game
    Probably the only album to bridge the gap between the old Queen and the new Queen...and it was great.
  • 5. Boston by Third Stage
    Boston was back in a big way in the 80s!
  • 4. Night Ranger by Midnight Madness
    Who can forget this album? It ruled.
  • 3. Def Leppard by Hysteria
    This album set the stage for a lot of sound that followed, but this was the original.
  • 2. Escape by Journey
    Even 20 years later, this album rocks!
  • 1. Kilroy Was here by Styx
    The final bow by Styx in the 80s was also a masterpiece
Only 10 albums? Hell, I'm sure I missed quite a bit.
By: Thomas Corless
  • 10. Married To The Mob soundtrack by Various Artists
    There were many soundtracks released in the eighties, and many of them became popular. Married To The Mob was not a hugely popular soundtrack (and sadly is out of print on CD) but it was one of the quirkiest and most enjoyable with artists ranging from Ziggy Marley to New Order to Chris Isaak to Debbie Harry. Hopefully, one day this soundtrack will be released on CD in a remastered version.
  • 9. Wow by Bananarama
    Bananarama could have been written off as a fluffy girl-group or a novelty act, but throughout the 80s, Bananrama had a string of big hits both in the UK and in the US. 1987's Wow was their most consistent pop record, thanks to the production of SAW (Stock, Aitken and Waterman). Their production was never better than on this album, and the Nanas would never sound as good.
  • 8. Born In the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen
    One of the most thoughtful pop/rock albums of the 80s, which seemed to spawn anthem after anthem.
  • 7. Diana by Diana Ross
    Coming off the critical success of 1979's "The Boss", Diana Ross was showing she was back in charge of her career, after it began to stall in the late seventies. Hooking up with Chic's Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, Diana Ross took on a fresh sound with diana. It was lean, funky and hip and still sounds fresh over 20 years later, particularly thanks to a new reissue from Motown which features the original Chic mix of the album that was never released.
  • 6. Close by Kim Wilde
    Kim Wilde is best known for her hits "Kids In America" and her remake of "You Keep Me Hanging On" but her best work came in 1988 when she made this pure pop pleasure.
  • 5. Def, Dumb and Blonde by Deborah Harry
    After the breakup of Blondie and her lacklustre solo career, it looked like Deborah Harry's career was heading nowhere, and while this album was not a commercial success, it was her best work since Blondie's late seventies popularity. "Def, Dumb and Blonde" was the perfect Deborah Harry solo album, with songs that harkened back to Blondie's heyday but was also plugged into the current sound of the eighties.
  • 4. Jody Watley by Jody Watley
    Thanks to the production of Andre Cymone (who had previously worked with Prince), Jody Watley's debut was an alluring mix of Minneapolis funk and R&B pop, and Watle's sophisticated image made her one of the more interesting dance divas of the late eighties.
  • 3. Like A Prayer by Madonna
    Considered Madonna's first "adult" record, the superstar's sound was less synthetic on this album, with more instruments as opposed to drum machines, and the lyrics and music were stronger and heartfelt, setting the stage for her mature work in the nineties, including "Erotica" and "Ray of Light".
  • 2. Thriller by Michael Jackson
    Yes it was the biggest seller from the eighties, but it was also a brilliant pop record. Except for the soggy duet with Paul McCartney ("The Girl Is Mine"), Michael was never better than he was here.
  • 1. Prince and the Revolution - Purple Rain by Prince and the Revolution
    So many great hits: "Let's Go Crazy", "When Doves Cry", "I Would Die 4 U" and the album tracks, "The Beautiful Ones" and "Baby I'm A Star" are just as good as the radio smashes.
By: slava tepper
  • 10. Pyromania by Def Leppard
    Launched pop metal, album still stands the test of time
  • 9. Music for the masses by Depeche Mode
    Worked synthsizer wonders!!
  • 8. Unforgettable Fire by U2
    Classic cuts off of that one
  • 7. Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
    Perfect pop/rock album
  • 6. Purple Rain by Prince
    Actually hated the album in the 80's, but had a change of heart recently when I listened to it again.
  • 5. Ghost in the machine by The Police
    Before Sting became a pretentious prick, he was a pretty good front man in a great band
  • 4. Shabooh Shoobah by INXS
    New wave pioneers who shaped 90's rock!!
  • 3. Back in Black by AC/DC
    Brian didn't miss a bit after Bon!!
  • 2. Straight outta compton by NWA
    Before P.Diddy and Eminem, when hip-hop actually had substance
  • 1. Appetite for destruction by Guns N' Roses
    Simply of the greatest metal albums of all time
80's ruled as far as music, we'll likely never see anything like that again!!
By: Tristan
  • 10. Kick by INXS
    What can you say about one of the most selling albulms ever!
  • 9. Combat Rock by The Clash
    Punk masters, the Clash rocked the casbah like no other!
  • 8. Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division
    I know it wasn't the 80s but they then became New Order and they were!!! Unkown Pleasures is too important to ignore
  • 7. Bummed by Happy Mondays
    Stinkin thinkin all round, great band, great music for lads being lads!
  • 6. Power, Lies and Corruption by New Order
    New Order's most serious and statement based albulm
  • 5. Rio by Duran Duran
    Pop music at its cheesy best, cmon, you know you like it!
  • 4. Back in Black by AC/DC
    Greatest rock alulm of the eighties, evry song blows you away!
  • 3. Thriller by Michael Jackson
    Lets Dance!
  • 2. Stay Young by INXS
    Aussies at their best, Michael is the best frontman to a band ever!!!
  • 1. Technique by New Order
    The timeless New Order at their best!!!
By: mariano hdez
  • 10. White Album by The Beatles
    any word that i can say is too small to describe this album
  • 9. Born In The U.s.a. by Bruce Springsteen
    these album represent the rock music of that country
  • 8. Glass Houses by Billy Joel
    a masterpiece
  • 7. Reckless by Bryan Adams
    this album featuring all that rock and roll need to have
  • 6. Metal Health by Quiet Riot
    all the metal is here
  • 5. 1987 by Whitesnake
    buy it
  • 4. Piece Of Mind by Iron Maiden
  • 3. Painkiller by Judas Priest
    judas priest best album
  • 2. Master Of Puppets by Metallica
  • 1. Blackout by Scorpions
from heavy metal `till rock pop these are my favotites albums
By: Chris
  • 10. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back by Public Enemy
    (1988) This one is actually tied with the Pixies "Surfer Rosa". Both albums are great in their own rights and were released the same year.
  • 9. Sister by Sonic Youth
    (1987) The first cohesive Sonic Youth album. Very rough, but after a few listens, it grows on mold.
  • 8. Skylarking by XTC
    (1986) So off-kilter and majestic. A very underrated band of the decade.
  • 7. Rain Dogs by Tom Waits
    (1985) I'm not a huge fan of this guy's voice, but I love these songs.
  • 6. Closer by Joy Division
    (1980) Ian Curtis was a horrible talent to lose.
  • 5. Appetite for Destruction by Guns N Roses
    (1987) I hate metal, but I'll be damned if I don't enjoy listening to this every once in a while if not just for Slash.
  • 4. The Queen is Dead by The Smiths
    (1986) Morrissey's voice and Marr's guitar playing are highly unique.
  • 3. Doolittle by The Pixies
    (1989) Super-simple songs that are timeless and highly influential.
  • 2. Paul's Boutique by Beastie Boys
    (1989) My favorite rap album of all time.
  • 1. Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth
    (1988) Paved the way for alternative/indie guitar rock.
By: Frank
  • 10. Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
    I don't like Bon Jovi that much, but this is a quality album.
  • 9. ...And Justice for all by Metallica
    Great album that lacks bass guitar which is the only bad thing I can really say about it. The epic "One" and "Harvestor of Sorrow" and every other track on the album is great.
  • 8. Powerslave by Iron Maiden
    Aces High and 2 mins to midnight are metal classics.
  • 7. Reign In Blood by Slayer
    Very quick musicially, but the satanic lyrics are lame.
  • 6. Ace Of Spades by Motorhead
    Great metal album.
  • 5. Ride the Lightning by Metallica
    Awesome album, their second best.
  • 4. Number Of The Beast by Iron Maiden
    Hallowed be they name, 22 Acia Avenue, Number of the beast, Run to the hills. Enough said.
  • 3. Back in Black by AC/DC
    Back in Black and Hells Bells have very cool sounding riffs by guitar maestro, Angus Young. And the song "You shook me all night long" is the ultimate sex song.
  • 2. Appetite for Destruction by Guns N Roses
    I love the entire album like MOP. Slash plays really cool riffs and Axl wrote song really cool songs.
  • 1. Master of Puppets by Metallica
    The Ultimate heavy metal album and the best rock n roll album of the 1980's. James Hetfield's intelligent lyrics and great riffs, Cliff Burton and his sensational bass playing and Kirk Hammett's awesome guitar solo's. This is a must have album for all metal fans and it is MetallicA's best album.
The Metallica/Guns N Roses tour in 1992, ruled.
By: Ben Meltzer
  • 10. Elvis Costello by King Of America
  • 9. Richard Thopmson by Small Town Romance
  • 8. Leonard Cohen by I'm Your Man
  • 7. Grateful Dead by Reckoning
  • 6. Volume One by Travelling Wilburys
  • 5. Bob Dylan by Oh Mercy
  • 4. Bring The Family by John Hiatt
  • 3. Get Happy by Elvis Costello & The Attractions
  • 2. Imperial Bedroom by Elvis Costello & The Attractions
  • 1. Graceland by Paul Simon

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