Top Ten Lists of Eighties Albums
What are your top ten favorite albums from the 80s?
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- 10. The Immaculate Collection by Madonna
Sire, 1990. Aargh! I have three greatest hits collections on my list, even though I usually despise them! Madonna, at least, however, is an artist best appreciated through her singles, which is why this makes sense.
- 9. Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits
Warner Bros, 1985. The last great classic rock band. "Money for Nothing" just might be the best video ever.
- 8. Warehouse: Songs and Stories by Hüsker Dü
Warner Bros, 1987. The final LP from the seminal indie rock trio, and admittedly not one most of their fans would call their best. Grant Hart and Bob Mould may have been feuding during the recording, but to me at least, they've never sounded better. If you need evidence, just listen to "These Important Years" or "Friend, You've Got to Fall."
- 7. Licensed to Ill by Beastie Boys
Def Jam, 1986. "Fight For Your Right". "Girls". "Brass Monkey". "Paul Revere". Need I say more? Every track here is a party classic.
- 6. Master of Puppets by Metallica
Elektra, 1986. Their undisputed masterpiece.
- 5. Staring at the Sea and Galore by The Cure
Elektra, 1986 and 1997, respectively. The Cure was a great band, but their albums tended to include two or three great tracks and a lot of filler. Fortunately, their best songs have been compiled onto two very thorough discs, "Staring at the Sea" (1979-1986) and "Galore" (1987-1997). Anyone who wants to dispute the Cure's legacy as the greatest alternative band of their era needs only to listen to these.
- 4. Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A.
Ruthless/Priority, 1988. Love them or hate them, you can't deny that N.W.A. (along with Public Enemy) changed the direction of rap in the 1980s. They were the self-proclaimed "Most Dangerous Group on Earth," and they scared the hell out of suburban parents. Featuring the producing talents of Dr. Dre and Yella, and the rapping of Ice Cube, Eazy-E, and MC Ren, N.W.A. was vastly influential on the legions of gangsta-rappers that dominated the 90s, and Straight Outta Compton is their definitive statement. Featuring hits such as the title track and "F*** tha Police", it remains one of the most important, if not the most well-liked album in rap music.
- 3. Synchronicity by The Police
A&M, 1983. Tragically, their final album.
- 2. Let It Be by The Replacements
Twin/Tone, 1984. In my opinion, the Replacements are the most unappreciated band in rock music. The All-Music Guide calls Let It Be "a cornerstone of post-punk." Their last album before jumping to a major label (Sire) in 1985, Let It Be is the beginning of a three-album period during which the Replacements defined post-punk rock 'n' roll, and paved the way for alternative music to begin. "I Will Dare" is infectious indie-rock, while "We're Comin' Out" rocks just as hard as their earlier punk albums. "Androgynous" and "Sixteen Blue" are definitive teenage anthems, but the real high point is the closer "Answering Machine", a solo Paul Westerberg number that is startlingly and affectingly personal.
- 1. Purple Rain by Prince
Warner Bros, 1984. I don't really think I need to go on and enthuse about how innovative and talented Prince is, you all already know. This album is peerless.
I am unabashedly a child of the 80s! Honorable mention: • Public Enemy - "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back", Def Jam, 1988 • U2 - "The Joshua Tree", Island, 1987 • Rush - "Moving Pictures", Mercury, 1981 • Bon Jovi - "Slippery When Wet", Mercury, 1986 • Van Halen - "1984", Warner Bros, 1984
By: Michael H.
- 10. 17 by Chicago
All those ballads...so little time. Remember the feeling is the best song.
- 9. By all means necessary by Boogie Down Productions
Another great rap album. So, your a philosopher?
- 8. The Symphony Sessions by Tom Cochrane and Red Rider
A live album recorded live March 17 and 18 1989 in Edmonton Alberta Canada with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Absolutely amazing. I'm not a fan of live albums but this is stunning work. And the sound! The wonderful sound!
- 7. Look Sharp by Roxette
1989 was a great year for music. Too bad about Milli Vanilli...
- 6. Bigger and Deffer by LL COOL J
80's rap at its finest
- 5. Diamond Sun by Glass Tiger
Great Canadian rock
- 4. Heart by Heart
The Wilson sisters at their best in the 80's. I liked "Alone" on the 1987 Bad Animals but overall it didn't have the same flow
- 3. Diesel and Dust by Midnight Oil
Some great political rock. The Dead Heart one of the best songs from that decade
- 2. Hysteria by Def Leppard
Sure every song was overplayed but its a great nostalga trip
- 1. KICK by INXS
This album was my anthem....
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- 10. Escape by Journey
Show's off steve perry's outstanding vocals and Neal Schon's outstanding guitar riffs.
- 9. Invisible Touch by Genesis
It Shows How Good Genesis Is With Phil Collins up front.
- 8. And Justice For All by Metallica
Show's metallica's hard metal side.
- 7. Holy Diver by Dio
Great Album By A Great Artist.
- 6. Rio by Duran Duran
Their Best Album Of the 80's and contains their greatest hit "hungry like the wolf"
- 5. Pump by Aerosmith
Aerosmith at their best!
- 4. Moving Pictures by Rush
One of my favorite albums of the 80's.
- 3. Hysteria by Def Leppard
A great album with lots and lots of Hits.
- 2. Back In Black by Ac/dc
Their best seller and tribute to their late singer bon scott.
- 1. Synchronicity by The Police
The best 80's album i've ever heard.
By: Becky, Princess of Clubs
- 10. Thriller by Michael Jackson
It's hard to remember how this music was EVERYWHERE in 1983. Even through all his weirdness, Michael is still a great artist.
- 9. 1984 by Van Halen
For years, WGN used the beginning of "Jump" as the theme music for Cubs games. I also liked the silliness of "Hot for Teacher." "Aww, man, I think the clock is slow!"
- 8. Third Stage by Boston
Even second-rate Boston is better than the best music by most bands. Included if only for the vocals on "Cool the Engines" and "Cantcha Say/Still in Love."
- 7. The Unforgettable Fire by U2
Their last album before they became The Biggest Rock Act In The World and bored everyone to death.
- 6. No Jacket Required by Phil Collins
One of the few listenable mid-80s albums, and he didn't over-do it on the drums this time.
- 5. All in a Night's Work by KC (and the Sunshine Band)
I believe this was only released in the U.K., but songs from it can be found on various KC compilation CDs. He never really lost the gift; it was just that danceable music without heavy funk bass had gone out of style by this time. But, still, try to find "Party With Your Body," "Give It Up" or "On The One" and try NOT to dance.
- 4. Tug of War by Paul McCartney
It's not "Band on the Run," but this is still a solid collection of songs. The highlight is "Here Today," his tribute to John Lennon.
- 3. Zenyatta Mondatta by The Police
The best band of the '80s at their best.
- 2. 1999 by Prince
We're all sick of the title song, but the rest of the album is a masterpiece. "D.M.S.R." may be Prince's best song ever, and "International Lover" is one of the best slow dance at the end of the night songs.
- 1. Tattoo You by The Rolling Stones
What does it say about '80s music that my favorite '80s album is actually a collection of songs not used on '70s Stones albums? Or maybe, what does it say about my taste in music? This was the soundtrack of my life in early 1982 and is the last truly great Stones album. "We used to ride, baby, ride around in limousines..."
By: Jarrett McCall
- 10. MOR albums(adult contemporary) by MOR artists(adult contemporary)
- 9. Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the 80's by Various Artists
When synth was king.
- 8. Street Jams: Electric Funk by Various Artists
When rap was good.
- 7. Greatest Hits by Devo
- 6. The Whole Story by Kate Bush
Beautiful voice,weird woman
- 5. Some Great Reward by Depeche Mode
A true masterpiece of New Wave/Synth.
- 4. Discography by Pet Shop Boys
The perfect dance album.
- 3. Best...I by The Smiths
Great sensitive pop with plenty of wit. i.e. "Hang the D.J."
- 2. Standing on a Beach by The Cure
Pure sensitive synth/pop.
- 1. Paul's Boutique by Beastie Boys
The Dust Bros. blessed skills with the Beasties' rhyme skills.
By: Jake Robbins
- 10. Decade by Duran Duran
Duran Duran is great
- 9. Greatest Hits by Journey
- 8. Sports by Huey Lewis and the News
Huey and the News has a great new wave sound I enjoy listening to this album
- 7. Slippery when Wet by Bon Jovi
Great album and Bon Jovi rocked right into the 90's.
- 6. Genesis by Genesis
You cant go wrong with Phil Collins.
- 5. Back In Black by AC/DC
Ac/dc is awesome, u can listen to them to pump yourself up
- 4. Thriller by Micheal Jackson
Best Music video ever!!
- 3. Rio by Duran Duran
Very good album
- 2. Pyromania by Def Lepard
what can I say Def Lepard rocks!!!
- 1. Hysteria by Def Lepard
This album is awesome, the song Hysteria is my all time favorite, poru some sugar on me, rocket, and love bites are also great
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