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Old 09-22-2018, 10:48 AM
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Thumbs up The best albums of the 1980's IMHO

1. Tattoo You, The Rolling Stones 1981 - The Stones made many albums and great music but this is no doubt the best. Love that one of Christine McVie's favorite songs is Start Me Up

2. Asia - Asia 1982 - When you combine key members of other supergroups, you get another supergroup. This debut album still holds up today and is a musical masterpiece

3. Building the perfect beast, Don Henley - 1984

4. Bella Donna - Stevie Nicks 1981

5. Back in Black - AC/DC 1981

6. Under Lock and Key - Dokken 1985 Brilliant crafted songs

7. The Ultimate Sin - Ozzy 1986 Jake E Lee's brilliance in guitar playing and song creation peaks on this album - amazing no padding on this album

8. Pyromania - Def Leppard, 1983

9. Love At First Sting - Scorpions, 1984

10. The Joshua Tree - U2, 1987


Just a list off the top of my head. Would have included Damn The Torpedoes by Petty but it was released in Oct 1979 even though its success was 1980. Lots of great music in the 1980s so its really hard to pick
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Old 09-22-2018, 02:17 PM
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^^^^Interesting^^^^
I am perplexed; Whilst I grew up in the 1980's and have nothing but fond memories of that decade, I seem to have very few 80's albums in my collection and would therefore seem to have a very limited knowledge of albums from that decade.
Therefore I would love to list 'The Best' of that decade but unfortunately do not have anywhere near a wide enough knowledge to be able to profess 'The Best'.
However, these albums would appear to be my favourite of what I do know from that decade.

Favourite Albums of the 1980's:

1) Brother in Arms- Dire Straits (1985)

2) The Stone Roses- The Stone Roses (1989)

3) Number of the Beast- Iron Maiden (1982)

3) Life's Rich Pageant- REM (1986)

4) Sound Affects- The Jam (1980)

5) The Raw and the Cooked- Fine Young Cannibals (1989)

6) Freaky Styley- Red Hot Chili Peppers (1985)

7) Rio- Duran Duran (1982)

8) A Kind of Magic- Queen (1986)

9) Clues- Robert Palmer (1980)

10) Top Gun- Motion Picture Soundtrack- Various Artists (1986)

Honourable mentions: Appetite for Destruction- Guns n Roses, Born in the USA- Bruce Springsteen, True Blue- Madonna, Invisible Touch- Genesis, Club Classics Vol 1- Soul II Soul, Running in the Family- Level 42


I've omitted all Fleetwood Mac-related releases, only included one release per artist and tried to omit compilations (though I couldn't leave Top Gun off as its so quintessentially 1980's).
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Old 09-22-2018, 03:56 PM
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I have been meaning to do this for a long time. Its nearly impossible. Some albums I don't even own but just heard them enough times to know how good they are. I am not a big Bruce fan but realize Born in the USA is a pretty good album. This was just a quick gut reaction. #1 was the easiest then it got harder. And I am not even a huge Stone fan but Tattoo You is flawless.
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These are excellent, and made me want to pull some of these out and listen to....esp those that I haven't listened to in a while.

One that I would add on in the same category as TP and HB late 79 release was "In Through the Out Door," Zep. August '79, but most of it's success was in '80+.

Oh, and my personal favorite in the movie soundtrack stream....."Streets of Fire," 1984. So iconically 80's sounding, rock ballad, and just was part of the best summer of my life, 21 years old, no worries, fun friends and hot boyfriend. Annnyyyways, Jimmy Iovine, Ry Cooder, Jim Steinman, Marilyn Martin (Sorcerer). Tanked really badly, but I found it so good.

Thanks for the great thread.

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I watched (most of) the film Some Kind of Wonderful the other day (for the first time in about 20 years) and it reminded me of the 80's and this thread. 80's teen films were so great; Some Kind of Wonderful, Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Class, Ferris Bueller's Day Off... etc. Them's were the days. Great music accompanying those films.
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These albums made me very happy in the Eighties and even happy today. Some of the decade's amazing work was off my radar, including Nick Cave and the Bad Seed, the Replacements, Public Enemy, and Lyle Lovett. So I don't include those because I really don't know them well.
  1. The Dreaming (Kate Bush)
  2. Murmur (R.E.M.)
  3. Shoot Out the Lights (Richard and Linda Thompson)
  4. Imperial Bedroom (Elvis Costello)
  5. London Calling (The Clash)
  6. 1999 or Purple Rain (Prince)
  7. Los Angeles (X)
  8. Pirates (Rickie Lee Jones)
  9. The Joshua Tree (U2)
  10. The River (Bruce Springsteen)
  11. Speaking in Tongues (Talking Heads)
  12. Hard Promises (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)
  13. Off the Wall (Michael Jackson)
  14. The Visitor (Mick Fleetwood)
  15. Law and Order (Lindsey Buckingham)
  16. So (Peter Gabriel)
  17. Dream of the Blue Turtles (Sting)
  18. Midnight Love (Marvin Gaye)
  19. The Crossing (Big Country)
  20. All the Rage (General Public)
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1. Talking Heads: Remain in Light (1980)
2. Scritti Politti: Cupid & Psyche 85 (1985)
3. The Smiths: Strangeways, Here We Come (1987)
4. The Associates: Perhaps (1985)
5. Morrissey: Viva Hate (1988)
6. Kate Bush: Hounds of Love (1985)
7. Au Pairs: Playing With a Different Sex (1981)
8. Public Enemy: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
9. New Order: Brotherhood (1986)
10. Chic: Take It Off (1981)

11. The Clash: London Calling (1980)
12. Elvis Costello and The Attractions: Imperial Bedroom (1982)
13. Roxy Music: Flesh + Blood (1980)
14. Pet Shop Boys: Introspective (1988)
15. Echo & The Bunnymen Echo & The Bunnymen (1987)
16. De La Soul: 3 Feet High and Rising (1989)
17. Prince and The Revolution: Parade: Music From the Motion Picture "Under the Cherry Moon" (1986)
18. Kid Creole & The Coconuts: Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places (1981)
19. Erasure: The Circus (1987)
20. Bruce Springsteen: Tunnel of Love (1987)

21. X: Under the Big Black Sun (1982)
22. Malcolm McLaren and The Bootzilla Orchestra: Waltz Darling (1989)
23. The Jacksons: Triumph (1980)
24. Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures (1980)
25. Simple Minds: New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (1982)
26. Michael Jackson: Bad (1987)
27. Cherrelle: Affair (1988)
28. Alexander O'Neal: Hearsay (1987)
29. Madness: Mad Not Mad (1985)
30. Public Image Ltd: Compact Disc (1986)

31. The Isley Brothers: Smooth Sailin' (1987)
32. Grace Jones: Inside Story (1986)
33. Dire Straits: Making Movies (1980)
34. Bryan Ferry: Boys and Girls (1985)
35. David Byrne: Songs From "The Catherine Wheel" (1981)
36. Kirsty MacColl: Kite (1989)
37. Yaz: You and Me Both (1983)
38. Pretenders: Pretenders (1980)
39. Gang of Four: Songs of the Free (1982)
40. Dexys Midnight Runners: Don't Stand Me Down (1985)
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12. Elvis Costello and The Attractions: Imperial Bedroom (1982)
I've loved this album since the day I played it in my headphones on the train from Santa Barbara to LA in 1982. It's as splendid as any Beatles album.
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These albums made me very happy in the Eighties and even happy today. Some of the decade's amazing work was off my radar, including Nick Cave and the Bad Seed, the Replacements, Public Enemy, and Lyle Lovett. So I don't include those because I really don't know them well.
  1. The Dreaming (Kate Bush)
  2. Murmur (R.E.M.)
  3. Shoot Out the Lights (Richard and Linda Thompson)
  4. Imperial Bedroom (Elvis Costello)
  5. London Calling (The Clash)
  6. 1999 or Purple Rain (Prince)
  7. Los Angeles (X)
  8. Pirates (Rickie Lee Jones)
  9. The Joshua Tree (U2)
  10. The River (Bruce Springsteen)
  11. Speaking in Tongues (Talking Heads)
  12. Hard Promises (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)
  13. Off the Wall (Michael Jackson)
  14. The Visitor (Mick Fleetwood)
  15. Law and Order (Lindsey Buckingham)
  16. So (Peter Gabriel)
  17. Dream of the Blue Turtles (Sting)
  18. Midnight Love (Marvin Gaye)
  19. The Crossing (Big Country)
  20. All the Rage (General Public)
Some great choices there! Big Country ... what a band. Miss Stuart Adamson every day. And love, love, love General Public. Wish Mick Jones had stayed with them instead of forming Big Audio Dynamite. And love the choice of Hard Promises by TP. And great choice with Kate Bush. She's such a genius. And, London Calling, of course ... hard to beat that one.
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For me, here's my top 10 (definitely changes from day to day)

1. The Clash - London Calling
2. Pretenders - Learning to Crawl
3. Bruce Springsteen - Born In The USA
4. Billy Joel - Glass Houses
5. Suzanne Vega - Suzanne Vega
5. 10,000 Maniacs - In My Tribe
6. Fleetwood Mac - Tango In The Night
7. Crowded House - Crowded House
8. Innocence Mission - Innocence Mission
9. Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
10. Genesis - Duke
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My top ten in no particular order.
  1. Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
  2. Sting - The Dream of the Blue Turtles
  3. Erasure - The Innocents
  4. Deacon Blue - When the World Knows Your Name
  5. Stevie Nicks - Bella Donna
  6. Pink Floyd - A Momentary Lapse of Reason
  7. Rolling Stones - Steel Wheels
  8. Split Enz - Conflicting Emotions (pre-Crowded House Neil at his best)
  9. Phil Lynott - Solo in Soho
  10. Bob Dylan - Oh Mercy

Bubbling under
  • Kate Bush - Never For Ever
  • Bee Gees - One
  • Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love
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My top ten in no particular order.

Split Enz - Conflicting Emotions (pre-Crowded House Neil at his best)

Bubbling under
  • Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love
Love those choices ...
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Love those choices ...
Never thought I'd meet someone who shared my love of both albums.
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I've loved this album since the day I played it in my headphones on the train from Santa Barbara to LA in 1982. It's as splendid as any Beatles album.
Agreed. It's a marvel. It edges Get Happy!! and Punch the Clock as Costello's best 80s album. From 1977 to 1984. What a run!!

And I think you are probably quite right to rank it higher than London Calling.

Oh and The Dreaming ... sometimes I think it's her best album ... but then Hounds of Love ...
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Such a difficult choice... off the top of my head... no order

Melissa Etheridge - debut album - 88
The Squeeze - Argy Bargy - 80
INXS - Shahboo Shoobah - 82 (the first cd I ever bought)
Toni Childs - Union - 88
REM - Green - 88
Roxy Music - Avalon - 82
The Pretenders - II - 81
Cock Robin - 85
The Police - Ghost in the Machine - 81
Bob Marley - Uprising - 80

... so hard to remember the 80's... but I remember it was fun...
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