Top Ten Lists of Eighties Albums
What are your top ten favorite albums from the 80s?
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By: Mike C
- 10. Licensed to Ill by The Beastie Boys
What can I say, first mainstream rap album Fight for your right to party
- 9. Love & Rockets by Love & Rockets
Ball of Confusion remake gave them an in, but the follow up was awesome, Industrial rock hit the mainstream
- 8. The Real Thing by Faith No More
Pre Nirvana, This album is incredible. Grunge started here,I still remember hearing Epic on mainstream radio
- 7. Reach the Beach by The Fixx
Unlike any other sound "Reach the Beach" and "Outside" are great
- 6. The Unforgettable Fire by U2
I dunno, I thought The Joshua Tree was good, but this one was more from the heart.
- 5. Neruda by Red Rider
I know, Lunatic Fringe isn't on this one, but it is amazing
- 4. Fisherman's Blues by The Waterboys
This one is amazing, I can listen to every track, but Fisherman's Blues is timeless
- 3. Love by The Cult
Excellent Not sure why they went so heavy after this
- 2. Road Apples by The Tragically Hip
Could be the most underrated band ever Quality of work is awesome
- 1. The Crossing by Big Country
Definitely the best album of the 80s. Completely original, never duplicated I'm not sure anyone could try. "Porrohman is incredible" maybe the best song ever recorded
I tried to make a list of albums where all of the songs were listenable, not just singles, there were lots of great songs, but the rest of the album blew, some great songs of the 80s: Peter Schilling - Major Tom, 99 Luftballons - Nena, Rock Me Amadeus - Falco, Gemini Dream - Moody Blues, In The Air Tonight - Phil Collins, Live Is Life - Opus, Empty Garden - Elton John, Civil War - Guns n Roses
By: Clay Crenshaw
- 10. Tango In The Night by Fleetwood Mac
Band had plenty of other great LP's but this one is the 80's album winner
- 9. Into The Gap by Thompson Twins
a guilty pleasure
- 8. Reach The Beach by The Fixx
Probably influenced a shit load of other bands and opened up some other ears
- 7. Business As Usual by Men At Work
I Can See It In Your Eyes and Touching The Untouchables....Phish should cover this album for Halloween 2009
- 6. Reckless by Bryan Adams
One Night Love Affair
- 5. Play Deep by The Outfield
- 4. 1984 by Van Halen
Jump and Panama but my favorites are Top Jimmy and I'll Wait
- 3. Heartbeat City by The Cars
Title track, You Might Think, Magic, and Drive...one of their best albums.
- 2. Better Off Dead by Original Soundtrack
Every track is great.
- 1. Sports by Huey Lewis and The News
check it out one more time......the whole damn album!!!!!!
When I think of the eighties musically and growing up in the eighties I think of pop music of the eighties. I did not begin to listen to music with any depth untill I was older. So an Echo and The Bunnymen album would end up on an all time list and not here. With that being said...here is ten great albums from a great time!
- 10. The First Album by Modern Talking
- 9. Let's Talk About Love by Modern Talking
- 8. Thriller by Michael Jackson
- 7. Different by Thomas Anders
- 6. Ready For Romance by Modern Talking
- 5. Animal Magnetism by Scorpions
- 4. Savage Amusement by Scorpions
- 3. World Wide Live by Scorpions
- 2. Blackout by Scorpions
- 1. Love At First Sting by Scorpions
- 10. Glass Houses by BILLY JOEL
His best...then would come 52nd Street, The Stranger and The Bridge.
- 9. Thriller by MICHAEL JACKSON
His best...then would come Off The Wall and Bad.
- 8. Born In The U.S.A. by BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
His best...then would come Magic and Born To Run.
- 7. Reckless by BRYAN ADAMS
His best...then would come Cuts Like A Knife.
- 6. 1984 by VAN HALEN
Their best...then would come I, II and Fair Warning.
- 5. Hysteria by DEF LEPPARD
Their best...then would come High N Dry, Pyromania and Adrenalize.
- 4. Back In Black by AC/DC
Their best...then would come Dirty Deeds, Highway To Hell and Black Ice.
- 3. The Game by QUEEN
Their best...then would come News Of The World, Sheer Heart Attack and The Works.
- 2. Moving Pictures by RUSH
Their best...then would come Grace Under Pressure, Permanent Waves and Signals
- 1. Escape by JOURNEY
Their best...then would come Infinity, Evolution and Raised On Radio.
There were so many GREAT albums from every genre, that came out in the 80's.
- 10. Can't Slow Down by Lionel Richie
it was great
- 9. Suddenly by Billy Ocean
a very romantic album
- 8. Break Every Rule by Tina Turner
she's the best
- 7. Private Dancer by Tina Turner
- 6. Purple Rain by Prince
- 5. An Innocent man by Billy Joel
- 4. Flashdance OST by Various Artists
The songs Maniac, What a feeling and Romeo made dancing to everyone
- 3. Thriller by Michael Jackson
The best selling album of all times
- 2. She's So Unusual by Cyndi Lauper
All the colors together in one people!!!
- 1. We Are The World by USA for Africa
It gathered the best of that time!!!
- 10. Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen
Ok. This album has nothing to do with anything else on this list, I'm realizing. Some people dislike the way Bruce Springsteen mumbles his vocals, but it has a distinctive sound that is not typical and gorgeous in it's own way. Again, I grew up listening to Bruce Springsteen, so it contains a bit of nostalgia for me..
- 9. Songs From the Big Chair by Tears for Fears
One of the best compilations of amazing 80s pop songs... I actually heard "Head Over Heals" on the radio today haha.
- 8. Delicate Sound of Thunder by Pink Floyd
Yeah, I'm aware it's a live compilation. But Shine On You Crazy Diamond is such an EPIC track, and live it's amazing. I grew up listening to Led Zeppelin and especially Pink Floyd because my dad LOVES them. Too bad their best albums were in the 70's.
- 7. Treasure by Cocteau Twins
This album is beautifully constructed with amazing melodies and gorgeous songs that are eternally true. This album is ageless. Simply... Beautiful.
- 6. Let's Dance by David Bowie
Again, must I say much about this album? simply a great album, and I admire David Bowie to a HUGE extent, he is an amazing artist.
- 5. Joshua Tree by U2
Do I really need to say anything about this one?
- 4. Black Celebration by Depeche Mode
"Fly on the Windscreen" is definitely a stand-out song on this album. Depeche Mode expresses more in this album than others, and is less shallow. The opening track, "Black Celebration", slowly builds and adds a darker melody with David singing in his always beautifully haunting voice. The fact that it's nearly all gapless also appeals to me.
- 3. Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me by The Cure
What can I say? I'm a Curehead aha :P This double album is spastic in its own way, yet the style keeps it in order. Going right from songs like "The Snakepit" to "Just Like Heaven", you can fully experience The Cure's range from bubbly radio-pop to the darker, more emotion-filled 4 minutes+ songs. Great way to be introduced the The Cure.
- 2. Pornography by The Cure
1st installment in Trilogy. Easily the most despairing album on the face of the earth. If you listen, be prepared for the darkest, heaviest, emotion-draining 45 minutes of your life. The opening line on "One Hundred Years" immediately sets the mood; "It doesn't matter if we all die". This album even caused the break-up of the band before the tour was even finished, by the influence of drug abuse and the despair sinking into Simon, Robert and Lol during the tour. This album could be considered the beginning of true Goth.
- 1. Disintegration by The Cure
Probably their best EVER. 2nd installment in the Trilogy, it has Robert Smith's voice as amazing as ever, the thudding bass line (Simon Gallup) present in every song, and not only successful and meaningful singles, but songs like "The Same Deep Water As You" and "Disintegration" which make a tissue a necessity. Absolutely beautiful in every way.
I didn't actually live through the eighties... I just know wayyyy too much about them for my own good..
- 10. Exit...Stage Left by Rush
Brought us Tom Sawyer and several other hits from the 70's on this live album! Personal favorite of mine!
- 9. She's So Unusual by Cyndi Lauper
The only album with 3 U's in the same word. hahaha Serious this and True Colors got spun all through the 80's on the radio!
- 8. Hard Promises/Damn The Torpedoes by Tom Petty
Released on Jan 1. 1984 A combo that pleased the hell out of alot of people for the decade!
- 7. Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
Just after having a little runaway they blasted on the scene Living on A Prayer~!
- 6. Open Up and Say...Ahh! by Poison
Every Rose Has It's Thorn especially when your girlfriend cheats on ya! heheh
- 5. 1984 by Van Halen
Might as well JUMP!
- 4. Metal Health by Quiot Riot
Still bangin my head even though my neck hurts!
- 3. Pyromania by Def Leppard
- 2. Love At First Sting by Scorpions
Still Loving it! er, You!
- 1. The Joshua Tree by U2
Amazing and I still Haven't found What I'm looking For With or Without You!
This top 10 isn't solidified in any way, shape, or form, for me because depending on my mood, it could change to some ZZTop Pat Travers ect... but it's obvious, I know a little......
- 10. True Blue by Madonna
Favourite tracks: Live to Tell, White Heat
- 9. Too Low for Zero by Elton John
Favourite tracks: Crystal, I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues
- 8. Dream of the Blue Turtles by Sting
Favourite tracks: Children's Crusade, Consider Me Gone
- 7. ...Ish by 1927
Favourite tracks: All the People, That's When I Think of You
- 6. Graceland by Paul Simon
Favourite tracks: You Can Call Me Al (remember Chevy Chase in the film clip?) and All Around the World
- 5. Synchronicity by The Police
Favourite tracks: Synchronicity II, Wrapped Around Your Finger
- 4. The Bridge by Billy Joel
Favourite tracks: Mulberry Street, Running on Ice
- 3. Invisible Touch by Genesis
Favourite tracks: Tonight Tonight Tonight, Domino
- 2. So by Peter Gabriel
Favourite tracks: Mercy Street, We Do What We're Told
- 1. Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits
One of the all time great albums... no track out of place. A true classic! Favourite tracks: Brothers In Arms, Ride Across the River
You just can't beat the 80's - its been all down hill since!
By: Adam Shephard
- 10. It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back by Public Enemy
The other album that showed the artistry of sampling.
- 9. Remain In Light by Talking Heads
Another classic before the big one hit.
- 8. Making Movies by Dire Straits
Every song played to its natural conclusion.
- 7. The Unforgettable Fire by U2
The classic that preceded the supposed classic.
- 6. How Will The Wolf Survive by Los Lobos
This showed that they might have been the best American band in over a decade.
- 5. Reckoning by REM
The essence of jangle-pop.
- 4. Synchronicity by The Police
The best songwriting of their career and some seriously furious playing.
- 3. Paul's Boutique by The Beastie Boys
One of the two albums that showed what could be done with sampling, just before the record companies killed the art form.
- 2. Sandinista! by The Clash
A sprawling masterpiece. Every style, every genre, all mashed together.
- 1. Sign O' The Times by Prince
Every single song is spot on
Honorable Mention: Elvis Costello - Imperial Bedroom
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