Top Ten Lists of Eighties Albums
What are your top ten favorite albums from the 80s?
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- 10. Actually (1987) by Pet Shop Boys
After the success of "West End Girls", the group didn't change their style in their new album but the mechanics of "Actually" was just great, a showcase for the synthesizer generation.
- 9. Purple Rain (1984) by Prince
What a man wants from a soundtrack? Many people would tell "nothing" and it is not a bad attitude. Prince changed the nature of this business with his great musical work for a movie which was not cinematically that good. "Purple Rain" and "When Doves Cry" are unforgettable records that remind people of the decade.
- 8. Miami Vice (1985) by Jan Hammer/Various Artists
It is not a shame to accept the influence of this record. In a sense, it helped the TV series to define the culture of the 1980s. Theme of the series is still remembered by the people. Also one can't skip the effect of Glenn Frey on this soundtrack. His "Smuggler's Blues" was both the name of a Miami Vice episode and a short definition of the life during 1980s with all those references to drug dealers and the notion of "easy money".
- 7. So (1986) by Peter Gabriel
A great album that contains "Sledgehammer" and "Don't Give Up". This one put Gabriel into the MTV video clip madness of 1980s. One must listen to it, then he/she can understand its value.
- 6. Can't Slow Down (1983) by Lionel Richie
Slowing down? He was faster than ever. This piece defined the position of Richie among the giants of the decade. While contributing to the struggle of Motown culture, the artist also managed create a determined pop sound, proper for 1980s. "All Night Long" and "Hello" still find a way to our ears.
- 5. Hounds of Love (1985) by Kate Bush
Yes, she is a freak, yes she is alternative but you can't deny the power of this record. "Running Up That Hill", "Hounds of Love" and "Cloundbusting", with its interesting video clip, were all in this record. We see Bush accepts a portion of the decade's culture but makes it better with her secret formula. Maybe it is not a milestone record like Jackson's "Bad" but it is the best work of Bush, who has been enjoying musical success for three consecutive decades.
- 4. Midnight Love (1982) by Marvin Gaye
The record announced the comeback of the innovative Motown artist. "Sexual Healing" took the year by storm and showed that there is still space for old traditions in the business. It is also a great 80s album because it doesn't reject the needs of the decade but only offers a different point of view for its listeners.
- 3. Rio (1982) by Duran Duran
Design of the album cover can be enough in this case because it's a brief explanation of the decade. The music was also pretty effective thanks to singles like "Hungry Like the Wolf", "Rio" and "Save a Prayer".
- 2. Faith (1987) by George Michael
One of the most innovative pop albums of all time with a standard song like "Faith". The album can be described as a smooth work, in which there are no "filler" songs but only real singles.
- 1. Bad (1987) by Michael Jackson
Such a great record... Successful rock pieces, with guitar gods as guests; pop standards, like "Smooth Criminal" and "Bad; and old style R&B/Soul pieces like "Man in the Mirror" and "Liberian Girl"... Jackson's struggle to defeat himself for perfection.
The list contains albums from 1982-1987. This interval is crucial for me because the decade reached its zenith during this period. Music was a culture definer back in the day, a thing which we don't see today.
By: Josh Pickwick
- 10. Hatful Of Hollow by The Smiths
Fantastic combination of Morrissey and Marr on all the Smiths finest songs.
- 9. Remain In Light by Talking Heads
Influential funk from the US band
- 8. Famous Blue Raincoat by Jennifer Warnes
Great re-workings of Leonard Cohen classics
- 7. Hats by The Blue Nile
Truly exceptional torchlight songs of love and loss
- 6. Scary Monsters And Super Creeps by David Bowie
Bowie's last truly great album
- 5. Spirit Of Eden by Talk Talk
Extremely atmospheric album of sheer introspection
- 4. Power, Corruption And Lies by New Order
Another hugely influential album
- 3. Meet Danny Wilson by Danny Wilson
Superbly crafted songs from the soul
- 2. Steve McQueen by Prefab Sprout
Excellent tunes of heartache and loss with wonderful abstract lyrics.
- 1. Closer by Joy Division
Most influential album of the 80s for artists to come.
This is a fairly varied list which represents all the albums that mean a lot to me having grown up in the eighties.
- 10. It Takes A Nation Of Millions... by Public Enemy
Loud and angry. Not for the faint of heart!
- 9. Infidels by Bob Dylan
A decade w/o Bob? No way!
- 8. Speaking In Tongues by Talking Heads
Even though "Burning Down The House" was on every time that I turned on the TV.
- 7. Strong Persuader by Robert Cray
I was so happy that someone was still playing killer blues. Nod to Stevie Ray Vaughn, as well.
- 6. Joshua Tree by U2
Could have listed any of their '80s recordings.
- 5. London Calling by The Clash
saved me from the late '70s garbage that was saturating the airwaves
- 4. Diamond Life by Sade
- 3. Flash And The Pan by Flash And The Pan
Actually came out in 1979, but definitely an '80s album by George Young, Angus' brother.
- 2. Tatoo You by The Stones
Every song is better than the one before. One of my all time favorites.
- 1. Thriller by Michael Jackson
If you can't beat 'em join 'em.
I spent most of the eighties listening to reggae,ska,Jimmy Buffett and jazz. Could give a different top 10 tomorrow. List is not in any particular order.
- 10. Faith by George Michael
His first solo effort is what made him very popular with the ladies but at the time we didn't know that he was gay.
- 9. Rio by Duran Duran
Next To Tears For Fears is my second favorite English synth-pop act.
- 8. Licensed To Ill by Beastie Boys
And my first exposure to hip hop music that wasn't performed by African kids.
- 7. The Message by Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five
He's called one of the "founding fathers" of hip hop for a reason.
- 6. Forever Your Girl by Paula Abdul
This was just awesome.
- 5. Hangin' Tough by New Kids On The Block
The anthem of my teenage years.
- 4. Seeds of Love by Tears For Fears
This was the album that was officially a "protest" album.
- 3. Rythm Nation 1814 by Janet Jackson
Probably the best album from a female singer I've ever heard.
- 2. Thriller by Michael Jackson
This was the reason why Michael was declared to be the King of Pop.
- 1. Songs From The Big Chair by Tears For Fears
This was the album that launched Tears For Fears' careers and made heartthrobs out of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith.
Not much to say about this except to say that there's a lot of pop acts out there that I like.
By: Peter Lensvelt
- 10. Stella (1985) by Yello
Wicked, inventive & brilliant music.
- 9. Nightclubbing (1981) by Grace Jones
Sly & Robbie best session work ever.
- 8. Picture Book (1985) by Simply Red
Perfect pop album perfect debut album.
- 7. Grace & Danger (1980) by John Martyn
Most underrated singer songwriter. Jazzy and moody.
- 6. Computerwelt (1981) by Kraftwerk
Danceable and hypnotic music.
- 5. The Colour Of Spring (1986) by Talk Talk
Transformation album from "new wave pop" to TOTAL music.
- 4. Technodelic (1981) by Yellow Magic Orchestra
Japan's "Pet Sounds" or Sgt. Pepper". Music upside down, traditional and cold electronic. ART!
- 3. Face Value (1981) by Phil Collins
Still see the promotion posters; "If you thought you knew this man, think again..." It widened my taste of music!
- 2. Hats (1989) by The Blue Nile
Gorgeous timeless emotional music.
- 1. Peter Gabriel IV (Security) 1982 by Peter Gabiel
Re-inventing himself, best PG album
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- 10. Escape by Journey
Changed me about music.
- 9. Eliminator by ZZ top
Rock/blues and those crazy videos and a cool car.
- 8. Chicago 17 by Chicago
Loved the old stuff... this came at a good time.
- 7. Out Of The Cellar by Ratt
- 6. Girls, Girls, Girls by Motley Crue
Sound of decadence.
- 5. Purple Rain by Prince
- 4. 3 Hearts And A Happy Ending Machine by Daryl Hall
Affected my life during tough times.
- 3. OU812 by Van Halen
Every song had its own identity.
- 2. Hysteria by Def Leppard
Great new sound.
- 1. Pyromania by Def Leppard
This is not the perfect list; but close. lol
By: Harold Pinkley
And my favorite single - Eyes of a Stranger by the Payola$ - and my favorite soundtrack cut - Love on a Real Train by Tangerine Dream.
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- 9. Mothers Milk by Red Hot Chili Peppers
With a remake Higher Ground and Knock Me Down, makes it a terrific album.
- 8. Rebel Yell by Billy Idol
The title says it all.
- 7. Ride the Lightning by Metallica
Really, this album has there best guitar work.
- 6. Back in Black by AC/DC
Best AC/DC album ever.
- 5. Out of the Cellar by Ratt
Round and Round. enough said.
- 4. Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? by Megadeth
With there second album they brought some of the best thrash songs ever, like Peace Sells and Wake Up Dead
- 3. To Hell With the Devil by Stryper
The best Christian metal album ever, and one of the best glam ones too.
- 2. To Fast for Love by Motley Crue
With Livewire and Piece Of your Action, it is one of the best glam albums ever.
- 1. Master Of Puppets by Metallica
Best album ever. with Master and Welcome home(Sanitiruim) it shows who they really are.
The best 80s albums
- 10. Yo Bum Rush The Show by Public Enemy
Suck my dick, music industry
- 9. Licensed To Ill by Beastie Boys
A copy of Run Dmc, but more accessible for white boys
- 8. The Head On The Door by The Cure
Disintegration? Ha Ha !! You're late...
- 7. Express by Love and Rockets
Nine great songs
- 6. Born In The USA by Bruce Springsteen
The first and last album of Bruce that isn't boring
- 5. Duran Duran by Duran Duran
The start of fashion
- 4. Hatful Of Hollow by The Smiths
Johnny Marr in his pick
- 3. Thriller by Michael Jackson
What more can I say?
- 2. Welcome To The Pleasure Dome by Frankie Goes To Hollywood
The perfection in pop music
- 1. The Stone Roses by The Stone Roses
At the end of the decade, the salvation
I love music
- 10. Lost In Love by Air Supply
Only Air Supply Hits Album
- 9. The Final Countdown by Europe
Best Swedish rock album ever made
- 8. Savage Amusement by Scorpions
Best rock polished sound
- 7. Let's Talk About Love by Modern Talking
Cheri Cheri Lady are in this album
- 6. Spirits Having Flown by Bee Gees
Including hits that i like TRAGEDY
- 5. World Wide Live by Scorpions
Best live album
- 4. Blackout by Scorpions
Best sound to klaus
- 3. The 1st Album by Modern Talking
Best pop album
- 2. Love At First Sting by Scorpions
Best hard rock album
- 1. Ready For Romance by Modern Talking
Best album of mt
Mt and Scorpions is the best
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