Friday, March 25, 2011

The Top Albums of the 1980s

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Here are the top 100 albums of the 1980s according to Dave’s Music Database:

1. Michael Jackson...Thriller (1982)
2. U2...The Joshua Tree (1987)
3. AC/DC...Back in Black (1980)
4. Prince...Purple Rain (1984)
5. Guns N’ Roses...Appetite for Destruction (1987)
6. Paul Simon...Graceland (1986)
7. Prince...Sign ‘O’ the Times (1987)
8. Public Enemy...It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
9. The Smiths...The Queen Is Dead (1986)
10. Bruce Springsteen...Born in the U.S.A. (1984)

11. The Police...Synchronicity (1983)
12. Dire Straits...Brothers in Arms (1985)
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. Bob Marley & the Wailers...Legend (1984)
18. Peter Gabriel...So (1986)
19. Pixies...Doolittle (1989)
20. Metallica...Master of Puppets (1986)

21. Beastie Boys...Licensed to Ill (1986)
22. R.E.M....Murmur (1983)
23. N.W.A....Straight Outta Compton (1989)
24. George Michael...Faith (1987)
25. Sonic Youth...Daydream Nation (1988)
26. Def Leppard...Hysteria (1987)
27. De La Soul...3 Feet High and Rising (1989)
28. Beastie Boys...Paul’s Boutique (1989)
29. Pixies...Surfer Rosa (1988)
30. Whitney Houston...Whitney Houston (1985)

31. Pretenders...Pretenders (1980)
32. Michael Jackson...Bad (1987)
33. The Jesus and Mary Chain...Psychocandy (1985)
34. Tracy Chapman...Tracy Chapman (1988)
35. Tom Waits...Rain Dogs (1985)
36. Tom Waits...Swordfishtrombones (1983)
37. Van Halen...1984 (1984)
38. Various artists...Dirty Dancing (soundtrack, 1987)
39. Bruce Springsteen...Nebraska (1982)
40. The Cure...Disintegration (1989)

41. Kate Bush...Hounds of Love (1985)
42. Madonna...Like a Prayer (1989)
43. Phil Collins...No Jacket Required (1985)
44. Lionel Richie...Can’t Slow Down (1983)
45. The Replacements...Let It Be (1984)
46. Def Leppard...Pyromania (1983)
47. Tina Turner...Private Dancer (1984)
48. ZZ Top...Eliminator (1983)
49. Madonna...Like a Virgin (1984)
50. U2...The Unforgettable Fire (1984)

51. Whitney Houston...Whitney (1987)
52. The Smiths...The Smiths (1984)
53. Run-D.M.C....Raising Hell (1986)
54. Phantom of the Opera (cast album, 1986)
55. Bruce Springsteen...The River (1980)
56. The Human League...Dare! (1981)
57. Madonna...True Blue (1986)
58. Iron Maiden...The Number of the Beast (1982)
59. U2...War (1983)
60. Prince...1999 (1982)

61. Janet Jackson...Control (1986)
62. Queen...Greatest Hits (1981)
63. Bonnie Raitt...Nick of Time (1989)
64. Eric B & Rakim...Paid in Full (1987)
65. REO Speedwagon...Hi Infidelity (1980)
66. Husker Du...Zen Arcade (1984)
67. Phil Collins...But Seriously (1989)
68. Janet Jackson...Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989)
69. Billy Joel...Greatest Hits Volume I & II (1985)
70. Rush...Moving Pictures (1981)

71. Richard & Linda Thompson...Shoot Out the Lights (1982)
72. Journey...Escape (1981)
73. U2...Rattle and Hum (1989)
74. The Pogues...Rum, Sodomy and the Lash (1985)
75. Aerosmith...Pump (1989)
76. The Minutemen...Double Nickels on the Dime (1984)
77. Slayer...Reign in Blood (1986)
78. Anita Baker...Rapture (1986)
79. Robert Cray...Strong Persuader (1986)
80. Cyndi Lauper...She’s So Unusual (1983)

81. Duran Duran...Rio (1982)
82. Talking Heads...Stop Making Sense (1983)
83. R.E.M....Green (1988)
84. Prefab Sprout...Steve McQueen (aka “Two Wheels Good”) (1985)
85. Donald Fagen...The Nightfly (1982)
86. Metallica...And Justice for All (1988)
87. Elvis Costello...Imperial Bedroom (1982)
88. Violent Femmes...Violent Femmes (1982)
89. Men at Work...Business As Usual (1982)
90. Les Miserables (cast album, 1985)

91. Sade...Diamond Life (1984)
92. The Dead Kennedys...Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (1980)
93. R.E.M....Document (1987)
94. Phil Collins...Face Value (1981)
95. Tom Petty...Full Moon Fever (1989)
96. Brian Eno & David Byrne...My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (1981)
97. Ozzy Osbourne...Blizzard of Ozz (1980)
98. The Police...Zenyatta Mondatta (1980)
99. INXS...Kick (1987)
100. Sting...The Dream of the Blue Turtles (1985)


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