Sunday, December 31, 1989

Top 100 Songs from 1980 to 1989

Top 100 Songs of the Decade:

1980-1989

These are the top 100 songs from the 1980s according to Dave’s Music Database. Rankings are figured by combining sales figures, chart data, radio airplay, video airplay, streaming figures, awards, and appearances on best-of lists.

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Check out the Dave’s Music Database book, Music of the 1980s.

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1. Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (1982)
2. The Police “Every Breath You Take” (1983)
3. Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (1987)
4. Prince “When Doves Cry” (1984)
5. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts “I Love Rock and Roll” (1981)
6. U2 “With or Without You” (1987)
7. Bon Jovi “Livin’ on a Prayer” (1986)
8. Lionel Richie & Diana Ross “Endless Love” (1981)
9. Van Halen “Jump” (1984)
10. Michael Jackson “Beat It” (1983)

11. AC/DC “You Shook Me All Night Long” (1980)
12. Joy Division “Love Will Tear Us Apart”(1980)
13. Journey “Don’t Stop Believin’” (1981)
14. Survivor “Eye of the Tiger” (1982)
15. U.S.A. for Africa “We Are the World” (1985)
16. The Human League “Don’t You Want Me?” (1981)
17. Madonna “Like a Prayer” (1989)
18. Soft Cell “Tainted Love” (1981)
19. Whitney Houston “I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me” (1987)
20. Kim Carnes “Bette Davis Eyes” (1981)

21. Queen “Another One Bites the Dust” (1980)
22. Kool & the Gang “Celebration” (1980)
23. Aha “Take on Me” (1984)
24. Blondie “Call Me” (1980)
25. New Order “Blue Monday” (1983)
26. U2 “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” (1987)
27. Foreigner “I Want to Know What Love Is” (1984)
28. Dexy’s Midnight Runner “Come on Eileen” (1982)
29. Olivia Newton-John “Physical” (1981)
30. Cyndi Lauper “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (1983)

31. Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This” (1983)
32. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five “The Message” (1982)
33. Run-D.M.C. with Steven Tyler & Joe Perry “Walk This Way” (1986)
34. Kenny Rogers “Lady” (1980)
35. Tears for Fears “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (1985)
36. Willie Nelson “Always on My Mind” (1982)
37. Lionel Richie “All Night Long (All Night)” (1983)
38. George Michael “Careless Whisper” (1984)
39. Frankie Goes to Hollywood “Relax” (1983)
40. Prince & the Revolution “Kiss” (1986)

41. Men at Work “Down Under” (1981)
42. Lipps Inc. “Funkytown” (album cut: 1979, single: 1980)
43. Tina Turner “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” (1984)
44. Irene Cara “Flashdance...What a Feelin’” (1983)
45. Prince & the Revolution “Purple Rain” (1984)
46. Stevie Wonder “I Just Called to Say I Love You” (1984)
47. Def Leppard “Pour Some Sugar on Me” (1987)
48. Madonna “Like a Virgin” (1984)
49. The B-52’s “Love Shack” (1989)
50. AC/DC “Back in Black” (1980)

51. Diana Ross “Upside Down” (1980)
52. Dire Straits “Money for Nothing” (1985)
53. Bonnie Tyler “Total Eclipse of the Heart” (1983)
54. Guns N’ Roses “Welcome to the Jungle” (1987)
55. Band Aid “Do They Know It’s Christmas? ” (1984)
56. Bruce Springsteen “Born in the U.S.A.” (1984)
57. Kenny Loggins “Footloose” (1984)
58. Cyndi Lauper “Time After Time” (1983)
59. Peter Gabriel “Sledgehammer” (1986)
60. Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” (1987)

61. Simple Minds “Don’t You Forget about Me” (1985)
62. U2 “Pride (In the Name of Love)” (1984)
63. Rick Springfield “Jessie’s Girl” (1981)
64. David Bowie “Let’s Dance” (1983)
65. Phil Collins “In the Air Tonight” (1981)
66. Phil Collins “Another Day in Paradise” (1989)
67. Tracy Chapman “Fast Car” (1988)
68. Michael Jackson “Thriller” (1982)
69. The Smiths “How Soon Is Now?” (1984)
70. Bruce Springsteen “Dancing in the Dark” (1984)

71. Public Enemy “Fight the Power” (1989)
72. Rick James “Super Freak” (1981)
73. The Rolling Stones “Start Me Up” (1981)
74. Tom Petty “Free Fallin’” (1989)
75. Marvin Gaye “Sexual Healing” (1982)
76. Whitesnake “Here I Go Again” (1987)
77. Dolly Parton “9 to 5” (1980)
78. Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton “Islands in the Stream” (1983)
79. Bryan Adams “Summer of ‘69” (1984)
80. Berlin “Take My Breath Away” (1985)

81. John Cougar Mellencamp “Jack and Diane” (1982)
82. Dionne & Friends (Dionne Warwick with Elton John, Gladys Knight, & Stevie Wonder) “That's What Friends Are For” (1985)
83. J. Geils Band “Centerfold” (1981)
84. George Michael “Faith” (1987)
85. Beastie Boys “You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party” (1986)
86. Talking Heads “Once in a Lifetime” (1980)
87. Tears for Fears “Shout” (1984)
88. Toto “Africa” (1982)
89. Phil Collins “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) ” (1984)
90. Pet Shop Boys “West End Girls’ (1985)

91. Queen with David Bowie “Under Pressure” (1981)
92. INXS “Need You Tonight” (1987)
93. Duran Duran “Hungry Like the Wolf” (1982)
94. Rick Astley “Never Gonna Give You Up” (1987)
95. Culture Club “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” (1982)
96. Bangles “Walk Like an Egyptian” (1986)
97. U2 “Sunday Bloody Sunday” (1983)
98. Poison “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” (1988)
99. Lionel Richie “Say You, Say Me” (1985)
100. REO Speedwagon “Keep on Loving You” (1980)


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First posted 1/21/2011; last updated 12/14/2021.

Spin: Top 100 Songs

Spin:

Top 100 Songs

Spin was an American music magazine founded in 1985. It stopped running print issues in 2012, but still operates as a webzine. Their initial focus was on college and indie rock and the emergence of hip-hop.

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1. Rob Base & D.J. E-Z Rock “It Takes Two” (1988)
2. Jessie Hill “Ooh Poo Paa Doo” (1960)
3. The Rolling Stones “Tumbling Dice” (1972)
4. Irma Thomas “It's Raining” (1962)
5. Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (1987)
6. Prince “When Doves Cry” (1984)
7. The Chiffons “One Fine Day” (1963)
8. Rod Stewart “Maggie May” (1971)
9. Dionne Warwick “Walk on By” (1964)
10. New Order “True Faith” / “1963” (1987)

11. The Beach Boys “Don’’t Worry Baby” (1964)
12. The Shangri-Las “Remember Walking in the Sand” (1964)
13. Doug E. Fresh And The Get Fresh Crew “The Show” / “La-Di-Da-Di” (1985)
14. Creedence Clearwater Revival “Green River” (1969)
15. Elvis Presley “One Night” (1958)
16. The Smiths “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” (1986)
17. Temptations “Just My Imagination Running Away with Me” (1971)
18. Donna Summer “Bad Girls” (1979)
19. David Bowie “Young Americans” (1975)
20. Public Enemy “Bring the Noise” (1988)

21. The Cure “A Night Like This” (1985)
22. Bad Company “Can’t Get Enough” (1974)
23. Madonna “Borderline” (1984)
24. Elvis Costello “Lipstick Vogue” (1978)
25. Gwen Guthrie “Ain't Nothing Goin' on But the Rent” (1986)
26. Lou Christie “Lightnin' Strikes” (1965)
27. Modern English “I Melt with You” (1983)
28. Aerosmith “Walk This Way” (1976)
29. The Miracles “Ooh Baby Baby” (1965)
30. Depeche Mode “Behind the Wheel/Route 66” (1987)

31. Hank Williams “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” (1949)
32. Marvin Gaye “What’s Going On” (1971)
33. Lloyd Price “Just Because” (1956)
34. Pebbles “Mercedes Boy” (1988)
35. Aretha Franklin “Respect” (1967)
36. Madonna “Where's the Party” (1986)
37. Joy Division “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (1980)
38. 10cc “The Things We Do for Love” (1976)
39. Led Zeppelin “Whole Lotta Love” (1969)
40. Lou Reed “Satellite of Love” (1970)

41. Public Image Ltd. “This Is Not a Love Song” (1983)
42. The Shirelles “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (1960)
43. Rod Stewart Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright) (1976)
44. AC/DC “Back in Black” (1980)
45. R.E.M. “Don't Go Back to Rockville” (1984)
46. Bruce Springsteen “Glory Days” (1984)
47. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Foxey Lady” (1967)
48. Echo & The Bunnymen “The Killing Moon” (1984)
49. Van Halen “Running with the Devil” (1978)
50. Betty Everett “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)” (1964)

51. The Kinks “Lola” (1970)
52. Sam Cooke “Bring It on Home to Me” (1962)
53. Jackie Wilson “Lonely Teardrops” (1958)
54. The Replacements “Kiss Me on the Bus” (1985)
55. Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band “Night Moves” (1976)
56. Mott The Hoople “All the Young Dudes” (1972)
57. Gladys Knight & The Pips “Midnight Train to Georgia” (1973)
58. The Pretenders “Brass in Pocket (I’m Special)” (1979)
59. The Who “I Can’t Explain” (1965)
60. Martha & The Vandellas “Heat Wave” (1963)

61. Janis Joplin “Me and Bobby McGee” (1971)
62. The Robins “Riot In Cell Block #9” (1954)
63. Chuck Willis “It's Too Late” (1956)
64. World Famous Supreme Team “Hey DJ” (1984)
65. U2 “Pride (In the Name of Love)” (1984)
66. The Sex Pistols “Anarchy in the U.K.” (1976)
67. Tom Jones “It’s Not Unusual” (1965)
68. David Bowie “Heroes” (1977)
69. Time Zone “World Destruction” (1985)
70. The Velvet Underground “I’m Waiting for the Man” (1967)

71. Bob Dylan “Knockin’ on Heaven's Door” (1973)
72. Bobby Brown “My Prerogative” (1988)
73. The Four Tops “Standing in the Shadows of Love” (1966)
74. Iggy Pop “Lust for Life” (1977)
75. Tammy Wynette “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” (1968)
76. Sinéad O’Connor “Troy” (1987)
77. Squeeze “Slap and Tickle” (1979)
78. Edgar Winter “Free Ride” (1973)
79. The Feelies “Away” (1988)
80. Jackie Wilson “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher” (1967)

81. Black Sabbath “Paranoid” (1970)
82. Exposé “Point of No Return” (1985)
83. Dixie Cups “Iko Iko” (1965)
84. Jethro Tull “Aqualung” (1971)
85. The Jackson 5 “I Want You Back” (1969)
86. Elvis Presley “Jailhouse Rock” (1957)
87. Peter Frampton “Do You Feel Like We Do” (1973)
88. The Clash “White Riot” (1977)
89. The Supremes “Someday We’ll Be Together” (1969)
90. The Sugarcubes “Motorcrash” (1988)

91. The Raspberries “Go All the Way” (1972)
92. The Smiths “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want” (1984)
93. The Beatles “Please Please Me” (1963)
94. The Cure “Why Can’t I Be You?” (1987)
95. The Grateful Dead “China Cat Sunflower” (1969)
96. Michael Jackson “Don't Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” (1979)
97. The Doors “People Are Strange” (1967)
98. The Emotions “Best of My Love” (1977)
99. Joe Cocker “Delta Lady” (1969)
100. Killing Joke “Eighties” (1984)


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First posted 4/8/2021.

USA: #1 Pop Songs, 1980-1989

USA’s #1 Pop Songs:

1980-1989

These are the #1 pop songs in the history of the United States pop charts from 1980 to 1989. Songs could have hit #1 on any of the following charts:

  • Billboard Hot 100 chart, 1955-present (BB)
  • Billboard pop airplay chart, 1984-present (BA)
  • Cashbox, 1950-1996 (CB)
  • Hit Records, 1954-1982 (HR)
  • Radio & Records/Mediabase, 1973-present (RR)
Numbers following the letter codes indicate how many weeks the song spent at #1 on that chart. Note that those songs topping the Billboard Hot 100 are in blue, indicating a link, specifically to Stereogum.com and its pages on Billboard #1 songs.

Click here to access a full list of #1 songs from 1890 to present.


1980:

  1. 1/5: KC & the Sunshine Band “Please Don’t Go” (BB: 1 week)
  2. 1/11: Eagles “The Long Run” (RR: 2)
  3. 1/12: Michael Jackson “Rock with You” (BB: 4, CB: 3, HR: 2)
  4. 1/25: Fleetwood Mac “Sara” (RR: 1)

  5. 2/1: Dan Fogelberg “Longer” (CB: 1, RR: 2)
  6. 2/2: Captain & Tennille “Do That to Me One More Time” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  7. 2/2: Kenny Rogers “Coward of the County” (CB: 1, HR: 1)
  8. 2/15: Queen “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” (BB: 4, CB: 3, HR: 2, RR: 3)
  9. 2/16: Smokey Robinson “Cruisin’” (CB: 1)

  10. 3/1: KC & Teri DeSario “Yes I’m Ready” (HR: 1)
  11. 3/8: Pink Floyd “Another Brick in the Wall Part II” (BB: 4, CB: 3, HR: 5, RR: 3)
  12. 3/8: Donna Summer “On the Radio” (HR: 1)
  13. 3/28: Blondie “Call Me” (BB: 6, CB: 7, HR: 6, RR: 6)

  14. 5/9: Ambrosia “Biggest Part of Me” (RR: 1)
  15. 5/31: Lipps Inc. “Funkytown” (BB: 4, CB: 5, HR: 4)

  16. 6/6: Bette Midler “The Rose” (CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 1)
  17. 6/13: Paul McCartney “Coming Up (live at Glasgow)” (BB: 3, RR: 1)
  18. 6/20: Billy Joel “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” (BB: 2, CB: 3, HR: 4, RR: 4)

  19. 7/18: Olivia Newton-John “Magic” (BB: 4, CB: 3, HR: 3, RR: 2)

  20. 8/1: Christopher Cross “Sailing” (BB: 1, CB: 2, HR: 1, RR: 4)
  21. 8/23: The S.O.S. Band “Take Your Time (Do It Right)” (CB: 1)
  22. 8/29: Air Supply “All Out of Love” (HR: 2, RR: 2)

  23. 9/6: Diana Ross “Upside Down” (BB: 4, CB: 3, HR: 2, RR: 1)
  24. 9/19: Paul Simon “Late in the Evening” (RR: 2)

  25. 10/3: The Doobie Brothers “Real Love” (RR: 2)
  26. 10/4: Queen “Another One Bites the Dust” (BB: 3, CB: 4, HR: 6)
  27. 10/17: Barbra Streisand “Woman in Love” (BB: 3, CB: 2, HR: 1, RR: 3)

  28. 11/7: Kenny Rogers “Lady” (BB: 6, CB: 4, HR: 5, RR: 5)

  29. 12/6: Stevie Wonder “Master Blaster (Jammin’)” (CB: 1)
  30. 12/12: Neil Diamond “Love on the Rocks” (RR: 1)
  31. 12/19: John Lennon “Just Like Starting Over” (BB: 5, CB: 5, HR: 5, RR: 2)

1981:

  1. 1/16: Blondie “The Tide Is High” (BB: 1, CB: 2, HR: 2, RR: 3)

  2. 2/6: John Lennon “Woman” (CB: 1, RR: 4)
  3. 2/7: Kool & the Gang “Celebration” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  4. 2/21: Dolly Parton “9 to 5” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 5)
  5. 2/21: Eddie Rabbitt “I Love a Rainy Night” (BB: 2, CB: 1)

  6. 3/6: Styx “The Best of Times” (RR: 3)
  7. 3/7: REO Speedwagon “Keep on Loving You” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1)
  8. 3/27: Daryl Hall & John Oates “Kiss on My List” (BB: 3, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 2)
  9. 3/28: Blondie “Rapture” (BB: 2, CB: 2, HR: 2)

  10. 4/10: Steve Winwood “While You See a Chance” (RR: 1)
  11. 4/17: Bill Withers with Grover Washington Jr. “Just the Two of Us” (RR: 2)
  12. 4/18: Sheena Easton “Morning Train (Nine to Five)” (BB: 2, CB: 5, HR: 3)

  13. 5/1: Smokey Robinson “Being with You” (CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 2)
  14. 5/15: Kim Carnes “Bette Davis Eyes” (BB: 9, CB: 5, HR: 5, RR: 5)
  15. 5/16: Juice Newton “Angel of the Morning” (HR: 1)

  16. 6/13: Stars on 45 (aka Starsound) “Medley I (aka ‘Stars on 45’)” (BB: 1, CB: 2, HR: 1)
  17. 6/19: George Harrison “All Those Years Ago” (RR: 2)

  18. 7/3: Air Supply “The One That You Love” (BB: 1, CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 3)
  19. 7/18: Joey Scarbury “Believe It or Not (Theme from ‘Greatest American Hero’)” (CB: 1, HR: 2, RR: 1)
  20. 7/25: Rick Springfield “Jessie’s Girl” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 2)
  21. 7/31: The Pointer Sisters “Slow Hand” (RR: 2)

  22. 8/1: The Oak Ridge Boys “Elvira” (CB: 1)
  23. 8/14: Lionel Richie & Diana Ross “Endless Love” (BB: 9, CB: 9, HR: 9, RR: 5)

  24. 9/18: Journey “Who’s Crying Now” (RR: 1)
  25. 9/25: Christopher Cross “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” (BB: 3, CB: 4, HR: 3, RR: 4)

  26. 10/23: Daryl Hall & John Oates “Private Eyes” (BB: 2, CB: 1, HR: 2, RR: 2)

  27. 11/6: Foreigner “Waiting for a Girl Like You” (RR: 6)
  28. 11/21: Olivia Newton-John “Physical” (BB: 10, CB: 8, HR: 9)

  29. 12/18: Daryl Hall & John Oates “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)” (BB: 1, CB: 2, HR: 1, RR: 6)

1982:

  1. 1/30: J. Geils Band “Centerfold” (BB: 6, CB: 6, HR: 5)

  2. 2/12: Journey “Open Arms” (CB: 1, HR: 1, RR: 7)

  3. 3/13: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts “I Love Rock and Roll” (BB: 7, CB: 5, HR: 5)

  4. 4/2: Olivia Newton-John “Make a Move on Me” (RR: 1)
  5. 4/3: Stevie Wonder “That Girl” (CB: 1)
  6. 4/9: Rick Springfield “Don’t Talk to Strangers” (RR: 5)

  7. 5/1: Vangelis “Chariots of Fire – Titles” (BB: 1, CB: 2)
  8. 5/14: Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder “Ebony and Ivory” (BB: 7, CB: 6, RR: 4)

  9. 6/11: Toto “Rosanna” (RR: 4)
  10. 6/26: The Human League “Don’t You Want Me?” (BB: 3, CB: 1)

  11. 7/9: Survivor “Eye of the Tiger” (BB: 6, CB: 4, RR: 5)
  12. 7/24: John Cougar Mellencamp “Hurts So Good” (CB: 1)

  13. 8/13: Chicago “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” (BB: 2, RR: 4)
  14. 8/26: Steve Miller Band “Abracadabra” (BB: 2, CB: 5)

  15. 9/10: John Cougar Mellencamp “Jack and Diane” (BB: 4, CB: 3, RR: 3)

  16. 10/1: Michael McDonald “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)” (RR: 3)
  17. 10/22: Fleetwood Mac “Gypsy” (RR: 1)
  18. 10/23: Men at Work “Who Can It Be Now?” (BB: 1, CB: 2)
  19. 10/29: Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes “Up Where We Belong” (BB: 3, CB: 3, RR: 3)

  20. 11/19: Lionel Richie “Truly” (BB: 2, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  21. 11/26: Daryl Hall & John Oates “Maneater” (BB: 4, CB: 5, RR: 4)
  22. 11/27: Laura Branigan “Gloria” (CB: 1)

  23. 12/11: Toni Basil “Mickey” (BB: 1)

1983:

  1. 1/7: Men at Work “Down Under” (BB: 4, CB: 5, RR: 5)

  2. 2/5: Toto “Africa” (BB: 1)
  3. 2/11: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band “Shame on the Moon” (RR: 1)
  4. 2/18: Culture Club “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” (CB: 1, RR: 2)
  5. 2/19: Patti Austin & James Ingram “Baby, Come to Me” (BB: 2)

  6. 3/4: Lionel Richie “You Are” (RR: 1)
  7. 3/5: Michael Jackson “Billie Jean” (BB: 7, CB: 6, RR: 2)
  8. 3/25: Journey “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” (RR: 2)

  9. 4/8: Greg Kihn Band “Jeopardy” (RR: 3)
  10. 4/23: Dexy’s Midnight Runners “Come on Eileen” (BB: 1, CB: 1)
  11. 4/29: Michael Jackson “Beat It” (BB: 3, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  12. 4/30: Styx “Mr. Roboto” (CB: 1)

  13. 5/6: Men at Work “Overkill” (RR: 3)
  14. 5/21: David Bowie “Let’s Dance” (BB: 1, CB: 1)
  15. 5/27: Irene Cara “Flashdance...What a Feelin’” (BB: 6, CB: 6, RR: 5)

  16. 7/1: The Police “Every Breath You Take” (BB: 8, CB: 7, RR: 8)
  17. 7/9: Eddy Grant “Electric Avenue” (CB: 1)

  18. 8/26: Michael Sembello “Maniac” (BB: 2, RR: 1)

  19. 9/2: Billy Joel “Tell Her About It” (BB: 1, RR: 3)
  20. 9/3: Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This” (BB: 1, CB: 2)
  21. 9/17: Taco “Puttin’ on the Ritz” (CB: 2)
  22. 9/23: Bonnie Tyler “Total Eclipse of the Heart” (BB: 4, CB: 4, RR: 3)

  23. 10/1: Men Without Hats “The Safety Dance” (CB: 1)
  24. 10/14: The Police “King of Pain” (RR: 2)
  25. 10/28: Lionel Richie “All Night Long (All Night)” (BB: 4, CB: 3, RR: 3)
  26. 10/29: Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton “Islands in the Stream” (BB: 2, CB: 2)

  27. 11/18: Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson “Say, Say, Say” (BB: 6, CB: 3, RR: 5)

  28. 12/31: Duran Duran “Union of the Snake” (CB: 2)

1984:

  1. 1/6: Yes “Owner of a Lonely Heart” (BB: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  2. 1/20: Culture Club “Karma Chameleon” (BB: 3, CB: 3, RR: 3)

  3. 2/10: Michael Jackson “Thriller” (RR: 1)
  4. 2/17: Van Halen “Jump” (BB: 5, CB: 2, RR: 5)

  5. 3/10: Nena “99 Red Balloons” (CB: 1)
  6. 3/17: Cyndi Lauper “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (CB: 2)
  7. 3/23: Kenny Loggins “Footloose” (BB: 3, CB: 3, RR: 3)

  8. 4/13: Phil Collins “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)” (BB: 3, CB: 3, RR: 4)

  9. 5/11: Deniece Williams “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” (BB: 2, CB: 2, RR: 3)
  10. 5/12: Lionel Richie “Hello” (BB: 2, CB: 2)

  11. 6/1: Cyndi Lauper “Time After Time” (BB: 2, CB: 1, RR: 3)
  12. 6/16: Duran Duran “The Reflex” (BB: 2, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  13. 6/29: Bruce Springsteen “Dancing in the Dark” (CB: 2, RR: 1)

  14. 7/6: Prince “When Doves Cry” (BB: 5, CB: 4, RR: 4)

  15. 8/3: Ray Parker Jr. “Ghostbusters” (BB: 3, CB: 2, RR: 3)
  16. 8/24: Lionel Richie “Stuck on You” (RR: 1)
  17. 8/25: Tina Turner “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” (BB: 3, CB: 3)
  18. 8/31: John Waite “Missing You” (BB: 1, CB: 2, RR: 2)

  19. 9/14: Prince & the Revolution “Let’s Go Crazy” (BB: 2, CB: 2, RR: 4)

  20. 10/12: Chicago “Hard Habit to Break” (RR: 1)
  21. 10/13: Stevie Wonder “I Just Called to Say I Love You” (BB: 3, BA: 3, CB: 4, RR: 2)

  22. 11/2: Prince & the Revolution “Purple Rain” (BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  23. 11/3: Billy Ocean “Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)” (BB: 2)
  24. 11/10: Wham! “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” (BB: 3, BA: 4, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  25. 11/30: Daryl Hall & John Oates “Out of Touch” (BB: 2, BA: 2, RR: 1)

  26. 12/7: Duran Duran “The Wild Boys” (CB: 2, RR: 1)
  27. 12/8: Chaka Khan “I Feel for You” (CB: 1)
  28. 12/14: Madonna “Like a Virgin” (BB: 6, BA: 5, CB: 5, RR: 3)

1985:

  1. 1/18: Chicago “You’re the Inspiration” (BA: 1, RR: 1)
  2. 1/25: Foreigner “I Want to Know What Love Is” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR, 2)

  3. 2/8: George Michael “Careless Whisper” (BB: 3, BA: 3, CB: 4, RR: 2)
  4. 2/9: Philip Bailey with Phil Collins “Easy Lover” (CB: 1)
  5. 2/22: REO Speedwagon “Can’t Fight This Feeling” (BB: 3, BA: 3, CB: 2, RR: 4)

  6. 3/22: Madonna “Material Girl” (CB: 1, RR: 1)
  7. 3/29: Phil Collins “One More Night” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 1)

  8. 4/5: U.S.A. for Africa “We Are the World” (BB: 4, BA: 4, CB: 5, RR: 3)
  9. 4/26: Madonna “Crazy for You” (BB: 1, BA: 1, RR: 2)

  10. 5/10: Simple Minds “Don’t You Forget about Me” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  11. 5/24: Wham! “Everything She Wants” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  12. 5/31: Tears for Fears “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)

  13. 6/14: Bryan Adams “Heaven” (BB: 2, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  14. 6/21: Phil Collins “Sussudio” (BB: 1, BA: 4, CB: 2, RR: 2)

  15. 7/5: Prince “Raspberry Beret” (BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  16. 7/12: Duran Duran “A View to a Kill” (BB: 2, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  17. 7/19: Paul Young “Everytime You Go Away” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  18. 7/26: Tears for Fears “Shout” (BB: 3, BA: 3, CB: 2, RR: 3)

  19. 8/16: Huey Lewis & the News “The Power of Love” (BB: 3, BA: 3, CB: 2, RR: 3)

  20. 9/6: John Parr “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)” (BB: 2, BA: 1, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  21. 9/13: Dire Straits “Money for Nothing” (BB: 3, BA: 3, CB: 4, RR: 3)

  22. 10/4: a-ha “Take on Me” (BB: 1, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 3)
  23. 10/12: Ready for the World “Oh Sheila” (BB: 1)
  24. 10/25: Stevie Wonder “Part-Time Lover” (BB: 1, BA: 3, CB: 1, RR: 2)
  25. 10/26: Whitney Houston “Saving All My Love for You” (BB: 1)

  26. 11/8: Starship “We Built This City” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  27. 11/9: Jan Hammer “Miami Vice Theme” (BB: 1, CB: 1)
  28. 11/22: Marilyn Martin with Phil Collins “Separate Lives” (BB: 1, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 2)

  29. 12/6: Mr. Mister “Broken Wings” (BB: 2, BA: 1, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  30. 12/13: Lionel Richie “Say You, Say Me” (BB: 5, BA: 5, CB: 5, RR: 4)

1986:

  1. 1/17: Dionne Warwick & Friends “That's What Friends Are For” (BB: 4, BA: 3, CB: 3, RR: 2)
  2. 1/31: Billy Ocean “When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going” (CB: 1, RR: 1)

  3. 2/7: Whitney Houston “How Will I Know” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 2)
  4. 2/21: Mr. Mister “Kyrie” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)

  5. 3/7: Heart “These Dreams” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 2)
  6. 3/15: Starship “Sara” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1)
  7. 3/21: Falco “Rock Me Amadeus” (BB: 3, BA: 3, CB: 2, RR: 3)

  8. 4/11: Prince “Kiss” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  9. 4/18: Robert Palmer “Addicted to Love” (BB: 1, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  10. 4/25: Pet Shop Boys “West End Girls” (BB: 1, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 2)

  11. 5/9: Whitney Houston “Greatest Love of All” (BB: 3, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  12. 5/17: Van Halen “Why Can’t This Be Love” (CB: 1)
  13. 5/23: Madonna “Live to Tell” (BB: 1, BA: 3, CB: 1, RR: 3)

  14. 6/13: Patti LaBelle with Michael McDonald “On My Own” (BB: 3, BA: 2, CB: 3, RR: 1)
  15. 6/20: Howard Jones “No One Is to Blame” (RR: 1)
  16. 6/27: Billy Ocean “There’ll Be Sad Songs to Make You Cry” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 2, RR: 1)

  17. 7/4: Genesis “Invisible Touch” (BB: 3, BA: 3, CB: 1, RR: 2)
  18. 7/12: Simply Red “Holding Back the Years” (BB: 1)
  19. 7/18: Peter Gabriel “Sledgehammer” (BB: 1, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  20. 7/25: Peter Cetera “Glory of Love” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 2)

  21. 8/8: Madonna “Papa Don’t Preach” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  22. 8/22: Steve Winwood “Higher Love” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)

  23. 9/5: Lionel Richie “Dancing on the Ceiling” (BA: 1, RR: 1)
  24. 9/6: Bananarama “Venus” (BB: 1)
  25. 9/12: Huey Lewis & the News “Stuck with You” (BB: 3, BA: 3, CB: 3, RR: 3)
  26. 9/13: Berlin “Take My Breath Away” (BB: 1, CB: 1)

  27. 10/3: Genesis “Throwing It All Away” (RR: 1)
  28. 10/10: Janet Jackson “When I Think of You” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  29. 10/17: Tina Turner “Typical Male” (CB: 1, RR: 1)
  30. 10/24: Cyndi Lauper “True Colors” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  31. 10/31: Boston “Amanda” (BB: 2, BA: 3, CB: 3, RR: 3)

  32. 11/21: Huey Lewis & the News “Hip to Be Square” (RR: 1)
  33. 11/22: The Human League “Human” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1)
  34. 11/28: Bruce Hornsby & the Range “The Way It Is” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 2)
  35. 11/29: Bon Jovi “You Give Love a Bad Name” (BB: 1, CB: 1)

  36. 12/6: Peter Cetera with Amy Grant “The Next Time I Fall” (BB: 1)
  37. 12/12: Wang Chung “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” (CB: 3, RR: 1)
  38. 12/19: The Bangles “Walk Like an Egyptian” (BB: 4, BA: 4, CB: 1, RR: 2)

1987:

  1. 1/9: Gregory Abbott “Shake You Down” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  2. 1/16: Billy Vera & the Beaters “At This Moment” (BB: 2, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  3. 1/23: Madonna “Open Your Heart” (BB: 1, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 2)

  4. 2/6: Bon Jovi “Livin’ on a Prayer” (BB: 4, BA: 4, CB: 4, RR: 3)
  5. 2/27: Huey Lewis & the News “Jacob’s Ladder” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 2)

  6. 3/13: Club Nouveau “Lean on Me” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  7. 3/27: Starship “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” (BB: 2, BA: 3, CB: 3, RR: 2)

  8. 4/10: Aretha Franklin with George Michael “I Knew You Were Waiting for Me” (BB: 2, BA: 3, CB: 1, RR: 2)
  9. 4/24: Cutting Crew “I Just Died in Your Arms” (BB: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)

  10. 5/8: U2 “With or Without You” (BB: 3, BA: 3, CB: 3, RR: 3)
  11. 5/29: Kim Wilde “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (BB: 1, BA: 1, RR: 1)

  12. 6/5: Atlantic Starr “Always” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  13. 6/12: Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam “Head to Toe” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  14. 6/19: Whitney Houston “I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me” (BB: 2, BA: 3, CB: 2, RR: 3)

  15. 7/10: Heart “Alone” (BB: 3, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  16. 7/24: Bob Seger “Shakedown” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  17. 7/31: U2 “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” (BB: 2, BA: 1, CB: 2, RR: 1)

  18. 8/7: Madonna “Who’s That Girl” (BB: 1, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 2)
  19. 8/21: Los Lobos “La Bamba” (BB: 3, BA: 3, CB: 2, RR: 2)

  20. 9/4: Michael Jackson with Siedah Garrett “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  21. 9/18: Whitney Houston “Didn’t We Almost Have It All” (BB: 2, BA: 1, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  22. 9/25: Whitesnake “Here I Go Again” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 2, RR: 1)

  23. 10/2: Europe “Carrie” (RR: 1)
  24. 10/9: Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam “Lost in Emotion” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  25. 10/16: Michael Jackson “Bad” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  26. 10/30: Tiffany “I Think We’re Alone Now” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)

  27. 11/13: Billy Idol “Mony Mony (live)” (BB: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  28. 11/20: Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” (BB: 1, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  29. 11/27: Belinda Carlisle “Heaven Is a Place on Earth” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)

  30. 12/4: George Michael “Faith” (BB: 4, BA: 5, CB: 5, RR: 3)

1988:

  1. 1/1: Whitney Houston “So Emotional” (BB: 1, RR: 1)
  2. 1/8: George Harrison “Got My Mind Set on You” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  3. 1/15: Michael Jackson “The Way You Make Me Feel” (BB: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  4. 1/22: INXS “Need You Tonight” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  5. 1/29: Tiffany “Could’ve Been” (BB: 2, BA: 3, CB: 2, RR: 2)

  6. 2/12: George Michael “Father Figure” (BB: 2, BA: 4, CB: 3, RR: 4)
  7. 2/20: Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” (CB: 1)
  8. 2/20: Exposé “Seasons Change” (BB: 1)

  9. 3/11: Rick Astley “Never Gonna Give You Up” (BB: 2, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  10. 3/18: Michael Jackson “Man in the Mirror” (BB: 2, BA: 3, CB: 3, RR: 3)

  11. 4/8: Billy Ocean “Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  12. 4/22: Whitney Houston “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” (BB: 2, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  13. 4/29: Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine “Anything for You” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)

  14. 5/7: Terence Trent D’Arby “Wishing Well” (BB: 1, CB: 1)
  15. 5/13: George Michael “One More Try” (BB: 3, BA: 4, CB: 3, RR: 4)

  16. 6/10: Rick Astley “Together Forever” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  17. 6/17: Debbie Gibson “Foolish Beat” (BB: 1, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  18. 6/24: Michael Jackson “Dirty Diana” (BB: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)

  19. 7/1: Cheap Trick “The Flame” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  20. 7/15: Def Leppard “Pour Some Sugar on Me” (CB: 2, RR: 1)
  21. 7/22: Steve Winwood “Roll with It” (BB: 4, BA: 4, CB: 3, RR: 3)
  22. 7/23: Richard Marx “Hold on to the Nights” (BB: 1, BA: 1)

  23. 8/12: George Michael “Monkey” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 3)

  24. 9/2: Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 3, RR: 2)
  25. 9/10: Huey Lewis & the News “Perfect World” (BA: 1)
  26. 9/16: Bobby McFerrin “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” (BB: 2, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  27. 9/23: Def Leppard “Love Bites” (BB: 1, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 2)

  28. 10/7: UB40 “Red Red Wine” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  29. 10/14: Phil Collins “A Groovy Kind of Love” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  30. 10/28: The Beach Boys “Kokomo” (BB: 1, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)

  31. 11/11: The Escape Club “Wild Wild West” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  32. 11/18: Will to Power “Baby, I Love Your Way/Free Bird” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 2)
  33. 11/19: Bon Jovi “Bad Medicine” (BB: 2, CB: 1)

  34. 12/2: Chicago “Look Away” (BB: 2, BA: 3, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  35. 12/16: Poison “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” (BB: 3, BA: 4, CB: 4, RR: 2)

1989:

  1. 1/6: Phil Collins “Two Hearts” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 2)
  2. 1/14: Bobby Brown “My Prerogative” (BB: 1)
  3. 1/20: Sheriff “When I’m with You” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 2)
  4. 1/28: Taylor Dayne “Don’t Rush Me” (CB: 1)

  5. 2/3: Paula Abdul “Straight Up” (BB: 3, BA: 3, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  6. 2/17: Debbie Gibson “Lost in Your Eyes” (BB: 3, BA: 3, CB: 3, RR: 4)

  7. 3/17: Bangles “Eternal Flame” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 2)
  8. 3/18: Mike + the Mechanics “The Living Years” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 2)
  9. 3/31: Roxette “The Look” (BB: 1, BA: 2, RR: 1)

  10. 4/7: Fine Young Cannibals “She Drives Me Crazy” (BB: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  11. 4/8: Milli Vanilli “Girl You Know It’s True” (CB: 1)
  12. 4/14: Madonna “Like a Prayer” (BB: 3, BA: 3, CB: 3, RR: 3)

  13. 5/5: Bon Jovi “I’ll Be There for You” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)
  14. 5/12: Paula Abdul “Forever Your Girl” (BB: 2, BA: 2, RR: 2)
  15. 5/20: Jody Watley “Real Love” (CB: 1)
  16. 5/26: Michael Damian “Rock On” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)

  17. 6/2: New Kids on the Block “I’ll Be Loving You Forever” (BB: 2, BA: 2, RR: 2)
  18. 6/10: Bette Midler “Wind Beneath My Wings” (BB: 1, CB: 2)
  19. 6/16: Richard Marx “Satisfied” (BB: 1, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 2)
  20. 6/30: Fine Young Cannibals “Good Thing” (BB: 1, BA: 2, CB: 2, RR: 1)

  21. 7/1: Milli Vanilli “Baby Don’t Forget My Number” (BB: 1)
  22. 7/7: Simply Red “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” (BB: 1, BA: 1, RR: 2)
  23. 7/21: Martika “Toy Soldiers” (BB: 2, BA: 1, RR: 1)
  24. 7/22: Madonna “Express Yourself” (CB: 1)
  25. 7/28: Prince “Batdance” (BB: 1, CB: 3, RR: 1)

  26. 8/4: Richard Marx “Right Here Waiting” (BB: 3, BA: 5, CB: 2, RR: 3)
  27. 8/25: Paula Abdul “Cold Hearted” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 2, RR: 1)

  28. 9/1: New Kids on the Block “Hangin’ Tough” (BB: 1, RR: 1)
  29. 9/8: Gloria Estefan “Don’t Wanna Lose You” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 2, RR: 1)
  30. 9/15: Milli Vanilli “Girl, I’m Gonna Miss You” (BB: 2, BA: 3, CB: 1, RR: 2)
  31. 9/29: Madonna “Cherish” (CB: 1, RR: 1)

  32. 10/6: Janet Jackson “Miss You Much” (BB: 4, BA: 3, CB: 3, RR: 3)
  33. 10/27: Roxette “Listen to Your Heart” (BB: 1, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 1)

  34. 11/3: Bad English “When I See You Smile” (BB: 2, BA: 1, CB: 1, RR: 2)
  35. 11/4: Tears for Fears “Sowing the Seeds of Love” (CB: 1)
  36. 11/17: Milli Vanilli “Blame It on the Rain” (BB: 2, BA: 2, CB: 1, RR: 2)

  37. 12/1: Phil Collins “Another Day in Paradise” (BB: 4, BA: 6, CB: 5, RR: 5)
  38. 12/2: Paula Abdul “It’s Just the Way That You Love Me” (CB: 1)
  39. 12/9: Billy Joel “We Didn’t Start the Fire” (BB: 2, BA: 1, CB: 1)

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First posted 2/24/2021; updated 11/14/2021.

The Top Albums of the 1980s

Top 100 Albums:

1980-1989

These are the best albums of the 1980s, as determined by Dave’s Music Database. Rankings were determined by aggregating multiple lists along with data regarding album sales, chart peaks, and awards. Only original studio albums are considered. Reissues (compilations, live albums, box sets) are not ranked here.

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1. Michael Jackson Thriller (1982)
2. U2 The Joshua Tree (1987)
3. Prince Purple Rain (1984)
4. Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction (1987)
5. AC/DC Back in Black (1980)
6. Paul Simon Graceland (1986)
7. Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
8. Dire Straits Brothers in Arms (1985)
9. Prince Sign ‘O’ the Times (1987)
10. The Police Synchronicity (1983)

11. The Smiths The Queen Is Dead (1986)
12. Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
13. The Stone Roses The Stone Roses (1989)
14. Talking Heads Remain in Light (1980)
15. Joy Division Closer (1980)
16. Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet (1986)
17. Whitney Houston Whitney Houston (1985)
18. R.E.M. Murmur (1983)
19. Def Leppard Hysteria (1987)
20. George Michael Faith (1987)

21. Peter Gabriel So (1986)
22. Michael Jackson Bad (1987)
23. Metallica Master of Puppets (1986)
24. Pixies Doolittle (1989)
25. Various artists Dirty Dancing (soundtrack, 1987)
26. Lionel Richie Can’t Slow Down (1983)
27. Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill (1986)
28. Sonic Youth Daydream Nation (1988)
29. Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman (1988)
30. Jesus and Mary Chain Psychocandy (1985)

31. N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton (1989)
32. Beastie Boys Paul’s Boutique (1989)
33. Phil Collins No Jacket Required (1985)
34. Madonna Like a Prayer (1989)
35. Madonna Like a Virgin (1984)
36. De La Soul 3 Feet High and Rising (1989)
37. Madonna True Blue (1986)
38. The Cure Disintegration (1989)
39. Whitney Houston Whitney (1987)
40. U2 The Unforgettable Fire (1984)

41. Pixies Surfer Rosa (1988)
42. Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989)
43. Kate Bush Hounds of Love (1985)
44. Tina Turner Private Dancer (1984)
45. U2 Rattle and Hum (1988)
46. U2 War (1983)
47. Bruce Springsteen Nebraska (1982)
48. Prince 1999 (1982)
49. Men at Work Business As Usual (1981)
50. Tears for Fears Songs from the Big Chair (1985)

51. The Smiths The Smiths (1984)
52. Phil Collins …But Seriously (1989)
53. Van Halen 1984 (1984)
54. Journey Escape (1981)
55. Tom Waits Rain Dogs (1985)
56. Asia Asia (1982)
57. Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones (1983)
58. Cyndi Lauper She’s So Unusual (1983)
59. Rush Moving Pictures (1981)
60. Def Leppard Pyromania (1983)

61. Bruce Springsteen The River (1980)
62. Janet Jackson Control (1986)
63. REO Speedwagon Hi Infidelity (1980)
64. ZZ Top Eliminator (1983)
65. The Replacements Let It Be (1984)
66. Foreigner 4 (1981)
67. The Human League Dare! (1981)
68. Bobby Brown Don’t Be Cruel (1988)
69. Black Flag Damaged (1981)
70. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble Texas Flood (1983)

71. Run-D.M.C. Raising Hell (1986)
72. ABC Lexicon of Love (1982)
73. Paula Abdul Forever Your Girl (1988)
74. Phantom of the Opera (cast album, 1986)
75. Phil Collins Face Value (1981)
76. Metallica …And Justice for All (1988)
77. Iron Maiden Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast (1982)
78. The Rolling Stones Tattoo You (1981)
79. The Police Zenyatta Mondatta (1980)
80. Eric B. & Rakim Paid in Full (1987)

81. Various Artists Footloose (soundtrack, 1984)
82. John Cougar Mellencamp Scarecrow (1985)
83. The Police Ghost in the Machine (1981)
84. Aerosmith Pump (1989)
85. John Lennon & Yoko Ono Double Fantasy (1980)
86. Hüsker Dü Zen Arcade (1984)
87. Elvis Costello & The Attractions Imperial Bedroom (1982)
88. Violent Femmes Violent Femmes (1983)
89. Bonnie Raitt Nick of Time (1989)
90. Donald Fagen The Nightfly (1982)

91. R.E.M. Document (1987)
92. Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (1980)
93. INXS Kick (1987)
94. Huey Lewis & The News Sports (1983)
95. Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz (1980)
96. Toto Toto IV (1982)
97. Various Artists: Flashdance (soundtrack, 1983)
98. Various Artists Top Gun (1986)
99. Duran Duran Rio (1982)
100. Bryan Adams Reckless (1984)


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First posted 3/25/2011; last updated 12/3/2021.