I Love the Eighties: My Top 200 Albums for the Decade

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I love Albert Einstein. When I taught, I placed his quotes all around my classroom and in my student laboratory room. Many great sayings have been attributed to the man, though I am not certain that all of them are truly his, from what I have read. However, I discovered this quote way back in my teenage years, during which I spent time in some sort of Hamlet-like state of brooding, though truth be told, I lacked the attractive looks for such an act to be endearing. Anyway, the quote goes, “All great spirits will meet violent opposition from mediocre minds.” Sure, it sounds arrogant, but when people begin to attack you for a simple shock-strewn paragraph about yesterday’s school shooting at a nearby school, it always pops into my mind. I was shocked by these Facebook attacks that basically began due to those readers not actually reading the words I had typed. Instead they continued to make their straw-man points, project their innate anger onto my innocence commentary and then show the audacity of their superiority of their “mediocre mind” over mine. Needless to say, it was yet another exasperating day in the actions and beliefs of the humanity around me.

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Well, let’s get down to the real purpose of today’s blog, and that’s to wrap up that crazy decade called The Eighties. From 1980 through 1989, we can totally new languages of rock music that began in this decade that continues to influence music today. We also witnessed the last creative gasps of some original rock heroes from the Sixties. But, importantly, the rock torch was passed from the Boomers to the Xers, as the Xers’ language was beginning to be spoken in the popular music of the day. Those cultural differences are the reasons why Prince, hip hop and punk were never embraced by the Boomers. The Boomers had their time, and the Eighties represented the rise of Generation X.

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So, in my feeble attempt to wrap of this great decade of music, may I present to you My Top 200 Albums of the Eighties? I hope you all enjoy it.

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  1. Prince – Sign ‘o’ the Times (1987)
  2. N.W.A – Straight Outta Compton (1988)
  3. Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique (1989)
  4. Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
  5. R.E.M. – Lifes Rich Pageant (1986)
  6. Pixies – Doolittle (1989)
  7. Prince & the Revolution – Purple Rain (1984)
  8. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Southern Accents (1985)
  9. Talking Heads – Remain in Light (1980)
  10. Prince & the Revolution – Parade (1986)
  11. Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA (1984)
  12. R.E.M. – Murmur (1983)
  13. Prince – 1999 (1982)
  14. Michael Jackson – Thriller (1982)
  15. Bob Mould – Workbook (1989)
  16. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Hard Promises (1981)
  17. XTC – Skylarking (1986)
  18. Brian Eno and David Byrne – My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (1981)
  19. R.E.M. – Reckoning (1984)
  20. Peter Gabriel – Peter Gabriel (III: Melting) (1980)
  21. AC/DC – Back in Black (1980)
  22. Talking Heads – Speaking in Tongues (1983)
  23. The Style Council – Our Favorite Shop (aka ‘Internationalists’) (1985)
  24. Daryl Hall & John Oates – Big Bam Boom (1984)
  25. The Style Council – Café Bleu (aka ‘My Ever Changing Moods’) (1984)
  26. The Smiths – The Smiths (1984)
  27. The Police – Synchronicity (1983)
  28. Prince & the Revolution – Around the World in a Day (1985)
  29. Peter Gabriel – So (1986)
  30. R.E.M. – Document (1987)
  31. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses (1989)
  32. Joy Division – Substance 1977-1981 (1988)
  33. U2 – The Joshua Tree (1987)
  34. George Michael – Faith (1987)
  35. Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction (1987)
  36. John Cougar Mellencamp – The Lonesome Jubilee (1987)
  37. Paul Simon – Graceland (1986)
  38. Daryl Hall & John Oates – Private Eyes (1981)
  39. David Bowie – Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (1980)
  40. Rush – Moving Pictures (1981)
  41. Madonna – Like a Virgin (1984)
  42. The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead (1986)
  43. Fine Young Cannibals – The Raw & the Cooked (1989)
  44. Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989)
  45. Prince – Lovesexy (1988)
  46. Prince – The Black Album (1987)
  47. Run-D.M.C. – Raising Hell (1986)
  48. Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill (1986)
  49. The Style Council – Introducing the Style Council (1983)
  50. Queen – Hot Space (1982)
  51. The Police – Ghost in the Machine (1981)
  52. The Police – Zenyatta Mondatta (1980)
  53. Squeeze – East Side Story (1981)
  54. David Bowie – Let’s Dance (1983)
  55. Queen – The Works (1984)
  56. Talking Heads – Little Creatures (1985)
  57. Depeche Mode – Music for the Masses (1987)
  58. Metallica – …And Justice for All (1988)
  59. Madonna – Like a Prayer (1989)
  60. Tom Petty – Full Moon Fever (1989)
  61. The Replacements – Pleased to Meet Me (1987)
  62. Tear for Fears – Songs from the Big Chair (1985)
  63. The Replacements – Tim (1985)
  64. Culture Club – Colour by Numbers (1983)
  65. Talking Heads – The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads (1982)
  66. The J. Geils Band – Freeze-Frame (1981)
  67. Tom Tom Club – Tom Tom Club (1981)
  68. Bruce Springsteen – The River (1980)
  69. Daryl Hall & John Oates – Voices (1980)
  70. Prince – Dirty Mind (1980)
  71. Daryl Hall – Sacred Songs (1980)
  72. Queen – The Game (1980)
  73. The Jam – Sound Affects (1980)
  74. Madonna – Madonna (1983)
  75. The Replacements – Let It Be (1984)
  76. The J. Geils Band – Love Stinks (1980)
  77. The Psychedelic Furs – Forever Now (1982)
  78. The Romantics – The Romantics (1980)
  79. Pretenders – Pretenders (1980)
  80. R.E.M. – Fables of the Reconstruction (1985)
  81. Bruce Springsteen – Tunnel of Love (1987)
  82. New Order – Substance 1987 (1987)
  83. Traveling Wilburys – Traveling Wilburys, Volume 1 (1988)
  84. The B-52’s – Cosmic Thing (1989)
  85. De La Soul – 3 Feet High and Rising (1989)
  86. R.E.M. – Green (1988)
  87. Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman (1988)
  88. Eric B & Rakim – Paid in Full (1987)
  89. Game Theory – Big Shot Chronicles (1986)
  90. Janet Jackson – Control (1986)
  91. Marshall Crenshaw – Field Day (1983)
  92. New Order – Power, Corruption & Lies (1983)
  93. Phil Collins – Face Value (1981)
  94. Elvis Costello & the Attractions – Get Happy!!! (1980)
  95. Dexys Midnight Runners – Searching for the Young Soul Rebels (1980)
  96. Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska (1982)
  97. Peter Gabriel – Peter Gabriel (aka IV: Security) (1982)
  98. R.E.M. – Chronic Town (1982)
  99. Daryl Hall & John Oates – H2O (1982)
  100. Dexys Midnight Runners – Too Rye Aye (1982)
  101. Metallica – Master of Puppets (1986)
  102. Various Artists – Times Square OST (1980)
  103. ABC – The Lexicon of Love (1982)
  104. Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense (1984)
  105. The Smiths – Meat Is Murder (1985)
  106. Terence Trent D’Arby – Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby (1987)
  107. Pete Townshend – All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes (1982)
  108. U2 – War (1983)
  109. Def Leppard – Pyromania (1983)
  110. Hüsker Dü – Zen Arcade (1984)
  111. Run-D.M.C. – Run-D.M.C. (1984)
  112. Minutemen – Double Nickels on the Dime (1984)
  113. Eurythmics – Be Yourself Tonight (1985)
  114. Hüsker Dü – Candy Apple Grey (1986)
  115. Fine Young Cannibals – Fine Young Cannibals (1985)
  116. Hüsker Dü – New Day Rising (1985)
  117. Hüsker Dü – Flip Your Wig (1985)
  118. The Cult – Electric (1987)
  119. World Party – Private Revolution (1986)
  120. John Cougar Mellencamp – Scarecrow (1985)
  121. The Cure – Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me (1987)
  122. Pet Shop Boys – Please (1986)
  123. INXS – Kick (1987)
  124. Michael Jackson – Bad (1987)
  125. Talking Heads – True Stories (1986)
  126. Bruce Springsteen – Live/1975-1985 (1986)
  127. Slayer – Reign in Blood (1986)
  128. Pet Shop Boys – Actually (1987)
  129. The Dukes of Stratosphear – Psonic Psunspot (1987)
  130. Def Leppard – Hysteria (1987)
  131. Robbie Robertson – Robbie Robertson (1987)
  132. Hüsker Dü – Warehouse: Songs and Stories (1987)
  133. The Waterboys – Fisherman’s Blues (1988)
  134. The Replacements – Don’t Tell a Soul (1989)
  135. Whitney Houston – Whitney Houston (1985)
  136. Tears for Fears – The Seeds of Love (1989)
  137. Tina Turner – Private Dancer (1984)
  138. The Waterboys – This Is the Sea (1985)
  139. L. Cool J – Radio (1985)
  140. Scritti Politti – Cupid & Psyche 85 (1985)
  141. Jane’s Addiction – Jane’s Addiction (1988)
  142. Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation (1988)
  143. The Church – Starfish (1988)
  144. Living Colour – Vivid (1988)
  145. The Smithereens – Green Thoughts (1988)
  146. Fishbone – Truth and Soul (1988)
  147. Simply Red – A New Flame (1989)
  148. Bonnie Raitt – Nick of Time (1989)
  149. Faith No More – The Real Thing (1989)
  150. Neneh Cherry – Raw like Sushi (1989)
  151. Nirvana – Bleach (1989)
  152. Elvis Costello – Spike (1989)
  153. Paul McCartney – Flowers in the Dirt (1989)
  154. Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine (1989)
  155. Crowded House – Crowded House (1986)
  156. New Order – Low-Life (1985)
  157. Alison Moyet – Alf (1984)
  158. Wham! – Make It Big (1984)
  159. Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Welcome to the Pleasuredome (1984)
  160. Peter Wolf – Lights Out (1984)
  161. The Cars – Heartbeat City (1984)
  162. General Public – …All the Rage (1984)
  163. Shelia E. – The Glamorous Life (1984)
  164. Pretenders – Learning to Crawl (1984)
  165. Tears for Fears – The Hurting (1983)
  166. Elton John – Too Low for Zero (1983)
  167. Elvis Costello & the Attractions – Punch the Clock (1983)
  168. Eurythmics – Touch (1983)
  169. John “Cougar” Mellencamp – Uh-Huh (1983)
  170. Duran Duran – Seven and the Ragged Tiger (1983)
  171. Rush – Signals (1982)
  172. Yazoo – Upstairs at Eric’s (1982)
  173. George Clinton – Computer Games (1982)
  174. The Jam – The Gift (1982)
  175. Duran Duran – Rio (1982)
  176. Dire Straits – Love Over Gold (1982)
  177. Marshall Crenshaw – Marshall Crenshaw (1982)
  178. Marvin Gaye – Midnight Love (1982)
  179. Stevie Nicks – Bella Donna (1981)
  180. Rick James – Street Songs (1981)
  181. Prince – Controversy (1981)
  182. The Rolling Stones – Tattoo You (1981)
  183. Electric Light Orchestra – Time (1981)
  184. Billy Squier – Don’t Say No (1981)
  185. Judas Priest – British Steel (1980)
  186. Rush – Permanent Waves (1980)
  187. The Clash – Sandinista! (1980)
  188. The Vapors – New Clear Day (1980)
  189. Genesis – Abacab (1981)
  190. The Moody Blues – Long Distance Voyager (1981)
  191. Journey – Escape (1981)
  192. Lindsey Buckingham – Law and Order (1981)
  193. Duran Duran – Duran Duran (1981)
  194. Wham! – Fantastic (1983)
  195. Billy Idol – Rebel Yell (1983)
  196. Depeche Mode – Black Celebration (1986)
  197. Queen – A Kind of Magic (1986)
  198. Robert Cray Band – Strong Persuader (1986)
  199. Kate Bush – Hounds of Love (1985)
  200. Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes (1983)

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And that’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed this list. Let me know what you all think!

Author: ifmyalbumscouldtalk

I am just a long-time music fan who used to be a high school science teacher and a varsity coach of several high school athletic teams. Before that, I worked as a medical technologist at three hospitals in their labs, mainly as a microbiologist. I am retired/disabled (Failed Back Surgery Syndrome), and this is my attempt to remain a human. Additionally, I am a serious vinyl aficionado, with a CD addiction and a love of reading about rock history. Finally, I am a fan of Prince, Cheap Trick, Tom Petty, R.E.M., Hall & Oates, Springsteen, Paul Weller & his bands and Power Pop music.

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