Top Ten Lists of Eighties Albums
What are your top ten favorite albums from the 80s?
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By: jack mccracken
- 10. Thriller by Michael Jackson
Say what you will about his personal life, but the only musician to ever combine great singing and dancing skills along with great music better than michael did was Elvis Presley, the undisputed king of rock n roll. MJ could do it all, and thriller changed music videos forever, and songs to some degree. Keep it real michael.
- 9. Night Songs by Cinderella
Cinderella was like Ratt in that the vocals were low and grisly, which made for a unique and excellent tone. Shake Me, Gypsy Road, the whole lot on here were each awesome, and even with a pussy band name, these guys rocked and rocked hard.
- 8. Ratt And Roll 8191 by Ratt
I had many choices for the top 10, but im doing this from memory, so im probably forgetting a few that would have definetley been up here. Ratt was different from the other glam bands for one simple reason- steve pearcy. He sang with a low, gritty tone that seperated the band from others. Bobby blotzer was a drum whiz, and warren de martini was an underRATTed guitarist. I dont exactly remember most of the songs on here, but the fact that it sticks out in my mind made me put it up.
- 7. The Number Of The Beast by Iron Maiden
I find it hard to pinpoint a bad spot on iron maidens resume. From Killers to Dance Of Death, they have always been speed metal icons. It was hard to choose between this, powerslave, and somewhere in time as the one i wanted to put on this list, but this one stands out as being the first with Bruce Dickinson. Hallowed be thy name says it all for this album, but the other tracks are definitley awesome.
- 6. Back In Black by AC \ DC
AC DC is the standard for rock n roll. They were underrated when it came to talent, with the exception of angus young, but true fans know their greatness. You wont find a bad ac dc album, something metallica almost accomplished before the release of st. anger. Back in black was loaded with hits, some overshadowed by the ala paranoid popular title track. These guys gave it their all every time they picked up an instrument, and it's a crime if they dont get an award for it.
- 5. Metal Health by Quiet Riot
The first hair metal album to hit the bigtime, it showed what the 80's were going to be about. Lots of great tunes, but come on feel the noise is probably the top anthem of 80's metal and if you dont like that song you dont like 80s metal. They could never really follow up the success of this album, it was just that good.
- 4. 1984 by Van Halen
The last of DLR, this was as good as their first album. Almost every song on here is a classic, and for my money the hot for teacher music video is number 2 all time, behind thriller by michael jackson. The songs on this cd are very well wrote, and if you cant jam to songs like panama you cant jam at all.
- 3. Look What The Cat Dragged In by Poison
Hair metal kings. Motley Crue may have been harder and heavier, but Poison embodied the whole hair metal attitude in every aspect of their lives more than the crue. Nothing but a good time was one of the anthems of the 80's, every rose has its thorn is the best power ballad ever written, and they covered your mama dont dance very well. Poison is a band that defines the 80's.
- 2. Kill 'Em All by Metallica
Only a few steps behind the album at #1, this was the greatest metallica album. They defined theirselves and their attitudes on here and Motorbreath had to be the best song, allthough all are great.
- 1. Appetite For Destruction by Guns n' Roses
The best album ever, of all genres. Pure rock n roll. They did it their way and lived it up. They could have never topped this had they stayed together longer. This is the only album i can play all the way through and rock out to every song.
The 80's was the best decade of music in history. It will never be the same, we today will never see such passion and enthusiasm put into music and concerts like we did back then. If there's one person i could be, it would be somebody in a big name metal band back then, like poison or warrant. I'd do the chicks, drink the beer, and party it up as much as i could. They lived fast and died young.....Just like the 80's.
By: Dick Bush
- 10. The Firm/Outrider/Unleded by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant/Paul Rogers
All of these are great especially The Firm even though I have never heard it before I am sure it is incredible.
- 9. Manic Nirvana by Robert Plant
This is also a Great Album
- 8. Pictures at Eleven by Robert PLant
This is like a Zeeppelin album it is by far the best work that Plant has done since In Through the Out Door.
- 7. Holy Diver by Dio
Every song on here is great
- 6. Bark at the Moon by Ozzy Osbourne
The title track is just a PHENOMENAL song and the guitar solo at the end is so great i didn't even think that Jake was capable of playing that good
- 5. Just Say Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne
The version of Sweet Leaf on this live album is incredible
- 4. Ultimate Sin by Ozzy Osbourne
Jake E Lee wasn't the best guitar player ever but he got the job done.
- 3. No Rest for the Wicked by Ozzy Osbourne
guitar player Zakk Wylde is incredible. Randy Rhoads was the only other big guitar player from the 80's that was better than Zakk.
- 2. Blizzard of Ozz by Ozzy Osbourne
This is some superb heavy metal
- 1. Diary of a Madman by Ozzy Osbourne
every song on this album is fantastic and super.
- 10. Declaration by The Alarm
- 9. Run, Sodomy and the Lash by The Pogues
- 8. The Replacements by Please to Meet Me
- 7. XTC by Skylarking
- 6. REM by Murmur
- 5. War by U2
- 4. Special Beat Service by English Beat
- 3. Remain in the Light by Talking Heads
- 2. Argybargy by Squeeze
- 1. London Calling by The Clash
- 10. Every Breath You Take: The Singles by The Police
- 9. The Clash by The Singles
- 8. Faith by The Cure
- 7. The Clash by The Singles
- 6. Standing On A Beach by The Cure
Have to Love the first part to Galore (1997)! Had to have the 79' hit "Boys Don't Cry", "10.15 Saturday Night", "Inbetween Days", and lots!!!
- 5. Galore by The Cure
It has the tragic sounding love song "Just Like Heaven", "Hot,Hot,Hot!", "Why Can't I Be You", "Lullaby" and lots others!
- 4. Seeds Of Love by Tears For Fears
I have this on a cassette tape and I love "Badman's Song", "Sowing The Seeds Of Love" and "Standing On The Corner Of The Third World"!
- 3. Aliens Ate My Buick by Thomas Dolby
Another ignored album but has a lot of taste to the common fan like me! have to love "My Brain Is Like A Sieve", "Budapest By Blimp", "May The Cube Be With You" and "Airhead"
- 2. The Hurting by Tears For Fears
The underappreciated album from this duo... Roland Orzabal's songwriting was completely ignored by critics! Wake up and Smell the coffee! Roland Orzabal is Lennon-Mcartney all in one!
- 1. Songs From The Big Chair by Tears For Fears
I totally love this 1985 album by the best duo in new wave. Shout, Head Over Heels... my god... this album is the best to own!!!
By: Rob S
- 10. 4 by Foreigner
Juke Box Hero, Urgent, and the rest of the songs they are all good.
- 9. Whitesnake by Whitesnake
Great singer and great guitar player in John Sykes who was not part of the video/touring band. One of the great overlooked guitar players of out time and this album proves it.
- 8. The Wall by Pink Floyd
I know it is a 70's album but if it had been released 3 weeks later it would have been 1980 so its impact was all 80's. Not much else to say but "Vera what has become of you" Editor's Note: It made it's big impact in 1980, so we consider it an 80s album.
- 7. Songs You Know By Heart by Jimmy Buffett
Although a greatest hits album. A must have for every collection. Kick back in your hammock and dream of Margaritaville
- 6. 5150 by Van Halen
Had the same no holds bar intensity of VH 1 but since that album was from the 70's this is the one to have. Like VH better with DLR and Sammy as a solo but they still are awesome and are one of the greatest Rock and Roll bands of all time.
- 5. Thriller by Michael Jackson
A great album when Michael was still black and normal. He might as well be gone now but at least we have the memories and sound of this great album "Moma Say Moma Sah Ma Ma Su Sa"
- 4. Back In Black by AC/DC
Stick this bad boy in the stereo and press repeat cause the party is rocking all night long. Enough said
- 3. Escape by Journey
One of the defining albums of the 80's. I can still see the shirts from the concert and the cool way Journey had there name on the album sideways.
- 2. Standing Hampton by Sammy Hagar
His best album. Every song is awesome stick it in you CD and crank it.
- 1. The Big Prize by Honeymoon Suite
All time if I was on a deserted island would have this album favorite. The band rocks and has some killer tunes that even include a flute that rocks. If you haven't listened to it, check it out. You will like it!
- 10. Faith by George Michael
Tough choosing the # 10 album...here he out-Princed Prince...
- 9. Let;'s Dance by David Bowie
Not a great Bowie album, but introduced me to the back catalog of the Thin White Duke....the song Let's Dance was really cool...
- 8. Trompe le Monde by The Pixies
First Pixies album I bought (not ven sure if this was released in the 80's)...rocks really hard and fast, plenty of screams...doesn't seem to make any sense at first listen, but I ended up playing it over and over and over...
- 7. Hatful of Hollow by The Smiths
It was just so left field at the time...a breath of fresh air....This Charming Man is tops
- 6. High Land, Hard Rain by Aztec Camera
Roddy Frame's major debut...he never equalled it...shows listeners that its all in the tunes...wonderful guitarist too
- 5. Rock and Soul Part 1 by Daryl Hall and John Oates
Always tapped my toes and sang along to all the hits, especially I Can't Go For That (No Can Do), Private Eyes, Rich Girl, Kiss on my List, Sara Smile...
- 4. Appetite for Destruction by Guns n' Roses
Turned me on to rawer, headbanging stuff.
- 3. Seven and the Ragged Tiger by Duran Duran
New Moon on Monday, Union of the Snake, the Reflex...whooo!
- 2. Thriller by Michael Jackson
If it weren't for Thriller, I wouldn't have gotten hooked on listening to and enjoying music. The beats and melodies of Beat It, Billie Jean, Human Nature, etc. were irrestible...you just wanted to dance.
- 1. Purple Rain by Prince and the Revolution
Enlightened me that albums could be more than just a collection of hits, though ironically, this contained a lot of hits! The whole album was coherent...rocking, raunchy, funky, sexy and soulful!
I got heavy into alternative and punk...Janes Addiction, Pavement, Superchunk, Jesus and Mary Chain, Clash, Huskers, right after hearing Trompe le Monde...though these were 80's bands, but I don't seem to associate them with the 80's as much as the artists listed
- 10. Speak English Or Die. by Stormtroopers of Death
need i say more.
- 9. #9 by P.I.L.
yeah, i like this band a lot. dissapointed is the best lyrical and structured song of the eighties.
- 8. all albums from the eighties by Metallica
great albums before they turned to crap in the nineties.
- 7. Walk Among Us by Misfits
great album. when goth/punk was a lot more fun than the crap today.
- 6. Happy? by P.I.L.
another great album by lydon. catchy tunes with john mcgeoch showing the world what a master he is.
- 5. Ministry by Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste
great industrial album.
- 4. Scary Monsters by David Bowie
great album. major tom returns and fashion is tweeked.
- 3. Deep by Peter Murphy
great album by bauhaus frontman. roll call is a great song and so is "the line between the devils teeth(and that which cannot be repeat)".
- 2. Vivi Sect Vi by Skinny Puppy
great album. industrial music never sounded so good.
- 1. Generic (album, Cd,etc.) by Public Image Ltd.
great album by john lydon w/ steve vai playing wicked guitars, ravi shankar and good ole ginge on drums.
By: Matthew Johnston
- 10. Kylie by Kylie Minogue
Just look at the cover.
- 9. Rebel Yell by Billy Idol
This one is just...an 80's staple. - Key tracks - Flesh for Fantasy, Rebel Yell, Eyes Without A Face, The Dead next door.
- 8. Fair Warning by Van Halen
This album just has something about it that I love. Van Halen's debut was of course fanstastic but I think Fair Warning was their first great record in the 80's. There's no party anthems on this record and compared to Van Halen's other records it's very dark. The guitar work is of course, fantastic. It branches out musically more than any of their other records of the 80's. - Key Tracks - Unchained, So This Is Love?, Mean Street, Sinner's Swing!
- 7. Sign 'O' The Times by Prince
The 80's was Prince's decade. His sexually fueled Funk-Rock was just what the music of the decade needed. and with his 1987 record, Sign 'o' the times, He brings it so another level yet again. This is a double album that contains the next evolution of Prince. The record branches out in more directions than Prince has before. It's the first time I recall Prince branching into some social commentary and doing it in a way that is artistic and smart. This record is eclectic and so sprawling that it's mind boggling. It's bleak but it still has several bright moments. A daring and bold album. - Key Tracks - Sign 'O' the Times, Hot Thang, If I Was Your Girlfriend, U Got The Look.
- 6. Master of Puppets by Metallica
Their last great record in my opinion. A masterpiece of metal that is so thick and brooding its scary. Not to slam Metallica, but everything since this is a joke. - Key tracks - Orion, Master of puppets, Battery, The thing that should not be.
- 5. Appetite For Destruction by Guns 'n' Roses
What can I say that has not already been said? GnR was the grittiest and most amazing band to hit the hard-rock scene in the eighties. Their take no prisoners style of rock was just what the rock world needed at the time. great record, every track is a keeper. - Key Tracks - Welcome to the Jungle, Mr. Brownstone, Sweet Child 'o' Mine, Nightrain
- 4. 3 Feet High and Rising by De La Soul
Stands up against any rap record ever produced. The use of samples is seamless, abundant, and revolutionary. This record changed hip-hop and is not widely recognized for it. - Key Tracks - Me, Myself and I, Ghetto Thang, Buddy, Say no go.
- 3. Dirty Mind by Prince
This is where Prince truly came into his own. The subject matter is very taboo. It ranges from incest to oral sex. So sexually driven and raw...yet still easy enough to really get into. It's a very short record but horrifically fantastic. Funky and Brilliant. Dirty...yet impossible to resist. - Key Tracks - Uptown, Dirty Mind, Head, Do it all night.
- 2. Thriller by Michael Jackson
Michael had "it" in the 80's. He was not trying to be political in his music at this point and that's the reason this record succeeds where his others fail. It's pure fun and energy. Dancable Pop with a broad range of sounds. - Key Tracks - P.Y.T., Thriller, Billie Jean, Beat it, Human Nature.
- 1. Purple Rain by Prince and the Revolution
Prince is the greatest performer of the 80's...Maybe of all time. This record is his most solid work and propelled him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The material never gets old. One of the greatest records of all time. A Funk-Rock-Pop masterpiece. - Key Tracks - When Doves Cry, Computer Blue, I Would Die 4 U, Let's Go Crazy.
The Key tracks are just MY favorites from each record. there ya go.
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