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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Top 100 80s Albums

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Hingehead said...

Of course it's personal taste but I think Midnight Oil's best album was 10987654321, and Inxs's was The Swing

Other albums I'd put up the top of the 80s are:

A walk across the rooftops - The Blue Nile
Violent Femmes - The Violent Femmes
Koyannisqatsi - Philip Glass
Who's affraid of the Art of Noise - Art of Noise
The Flat Earth - Thomas Dolby
Remain in light - Talking Heads
The Hurting - Tears For Fears

My definition of 'best' is what I can still enjoy listening too, as opposed to what I really liked at the time.

Rambul said...

Thanks for Your types. Unfortunately I can't add them now but I will take them into consideration in the next poll.

roc51 said...

Hi, don't agree with many of the above but it is diverse.

I would add:

Sad Lovers & Giants - The Mirror Test
Sad Lovers & Giants - Feeding The Flame
Sad Lovers & Giants - Epic Garden Music
The Police - Ghost In The Machine
The Sound - Jeopardy
The Sound - Shock Of Daylight
The Sound - Heads & Hearts
Comsat Angels - Waiting For A Miracle
New Order - Lowlife
New Order - Movement
New Order - Technique
Tears For Fears - The Hurting
Blue Nile - A Walk Across The Rooftops
The Cure - The Head On The Door
The Cure - Disintegration
Depeche Mode - Construction Time Again
Depeche Mode - A Broken Frame
Killing Joke - What's This For
Killing Joke - Killing Joke
Killing Joke - Brighter Than A Thousand Suns
Killing Joke - Fire Dances
Echo & The Bunnymen - Ocean Rain
Echo & the Bunnymen - Crocodiles
Wild Swans - Bringing Home The Ashes
Felt - Strange Idols Pattern
Felt - Ignite The Seven Cannons
Felt - Forever Breathes The Lonely Word
Stone Roses - Stones Roses
Janes Addiction - Nothings Shocking
Sisters of Mercy - First & Last & Always
Chameleons - Script of the Bridge
Chameleons - What Does ANything Mean Basically
Chameleons - Strange Times
Metallica - Ride the Lightning
Metallica - Master of Puppets
AC/DC - Back In Black
Naked Eyes - Burning Bridges
Lotus Eaters - No Sense of Sin
The Church - Heyday
The Church - Starfish
Go Betweens - 16 Lovers Lane
Go Betweens - Before Hollywood
Go Betweens - Tallulah
Love and Rockets - Express
Tones On Tail - Pop
Bauhaus - Mask
Gang Of Four - Solid Gold
XTC - Skylarking
Monochrome Set - Eligible Bachelors
For Against - Echelons
For Against - December
Peter Murphy - Should The World Fail To Fall Apart
Love & Rockets - Earth Sun Moon
Dalis Car - The Waking Hour
Section 25 - From The Hip
Durutti Column - The Return of the Durutti Column
The Names - Swimming
Guns N Roses - Appetite For Destruction
Husker Du - Zen Arcade
TV21 - A Thin Red Line
Orange Juice - You Can't Hide Your Love Forever
Orange Juice - Rip It Up
Psychedelic Furs - Forever Now
Armoury Show - Waiting For The Floods
Big Country - Steeltown
The Fixx - Shuttered Room
The Fixx - Reach The Beach
The Fixx - Phantoms
Girls At Our Best - Pleasure
The Jam - Sound Affects
Fra Lippo Lippi - Songs (Original Version)
Joe Jackson - Night and Day
Lloyd Cole & the Commotions - Rattlesnakes
Belle & Sebastian - Tigermilk
Antena - Camino Del Sol
The Clash - Combat Rock
Level 42 - World Machine
Level 42 - The Pursuit Of Accidents
Level 42 - Level 42
Level 42 - The Early Tapes
KTP - Certain Things Are Likely
Modern English - Ricochet Days
Modern English - After The Snow
Modern English - Stop/Start
Modern English - Mesh & Lace
China Crisis - Difficult Shapes...
China Crisis - Working With Fire and Steel
China Crisis - Flaunt the Imperfection
The Silencers - A Letter From St Paul
U2 - Unforgettable Fire
U2 - Boy
The Smiths - The Smiths
The Smiths - Meat Is Murder
The Smiths - Strangeways Here We Come
Simple Minds - Sons and Fascination/Sister Feelings Call
Donald Fagen - The Nightfly
Yes - 90125
Yes - Drama
REM - Murmur
REM - Reckoning
REM - Fables of the Reconstruction
REM - Life's Rich Pageant
Pylon - Chomp
Pylon - Gyrate

And there are many, many more...

Rambul said...

I can't agree with many of your types roc51, but thanks for comment. I think You can all see now how difficult it was to pick out only 200 albums.
At start I had almost 1000 on my mind. Let me repeat: I chose only the "strongest" and widely known releases. It's impossible to satisfy everybody. Next time, maybe, we'll have a poll with 1000 albums to choose from.
More suggestions please then.

Anonymous said...

Thompson Twins?

Quick Step & Side Kick (1983)
Into The Gap (1984)
Here's To Future Days (1985)

pavelse said...

Thanks for your contest, some of my favoutites aren't here ... Eurythmics, Hubert Kah, Nena ... but idea is great. thx pavelse

Charley said...

The Innocents - Erasure
Like A Prayer - Madonna
Book of Love - Book of Love
Lullaby - Book of Love
Cosmic Thing - B-52's
Colour by Numbers - Culture Club
WOW - Bananarama
The Lion and The Cobra - Sinead O'Connor
Savage - Eurythmics

Just a few I would have added, but hey, this isn't my blog :-)

Bex said...

I'd add:
The Cult - Sonic Temple
Fox The Fox - In The Dark Of The Nite

Thanks for your contest.

1980-F said...


I also think this is a great and funny idea. And, of course, choosing from 1000 albums at once would be too confusing. Your choice is not bad, since it is quite diverse from the blockbusters like "Thriller" or "Brothers In Arms" to unkown beauties like Rupert Hine's "Waving Not Drowning", from Synth Pop to Metal and from Gothic to Progressive Rock.

But there are really many great albums missing and for me the interesting thing of this voting would have been to see, if albums from a certain band which were less successful commercially back in the 80's now would get a higher vote than the great sellers. Just an example: I like the first two Marillion albums ("Script..." and "Fugazi") much better than "Misplaced..." and "Clutching..." I'd also like to see Tears For Fears' "The Hurting" in comparison to "Songs From the Big Chair" or U2's "Unforgettable Fire" next to the others. And I desperately miss "Sparkle In The Rain" - in my eyes by far the best Simple Minds album.

On the other hand I'm glad to see that stuff like "Rites Of Passage" by Vitamin Z, "Windows" by White Door or "Yeah Whatever" by Moev has a good amount of votes right now.

My suggestion:
Since it is nearly impossible to compare "The Number of the Beast" with Modern Talking, maybe you should make a voting by genre first. And then the top albums of each genre go into a final voting. Or you spread the 1000 albums randomly on 4 or 5 votings and then the best from each voting go to the final round. Something like that would keep the fun for a longer time...

But anyway, a really nice idea.

Here's a list of albums I'm missing most:

It Bites - Once Around The World
Simple Minds - Sparkle In The Rain
Tears For Fears - The Hurting
Pink Floyd - The Final Cut
Marillion - Script For A Jester's Tear
Marillion - Fugazi
Marillion - Seasons End
Mike Oldfield - Crises
Yes - 90125
Saga - Worlds Apart
Saga - Heads Or Tales
Journey - Frontiers
Killing Joke - Brighter Than A Thousand Suns
The Chameleons - What Does Anything Mean? Basically
The Comsat Angels - Land
The Mission - God's Own Medicine
The Lotus Eaters - No Sense Of Sin
The Icicle Works - Icicle Works
The Fixx - Phantoms
Kim Wilde - Select
Ultravox - Quartet
Thinkman - The Formula
Toto - The Seventh One
INXS - The Swing
Depeche Mode - Construction Time Again
Phil Collins - Hello, I Must Be Going
Mercyful Fate - Don't Break The Oath
Demon - The Plague
Pallas - The Sentinel
Sade - Diamond Life

Best wishes

knotty said...

PLEASE Redo the list!! You left out hundreds of albums! Kudos for including the ones you did mate but only 206 for the best 100 of the entire 1980s? The best decade in music! Period. Don't even go to the 60s.

May I please suggest (not just albums but likely complete catalogues):

ABC, Adam & The Antz, A-Ha, The Alarm, LAURIE ANDERSON (groundbreaking artist), Arcadia, Art Of Noise, Aztec Camera, B-52s, Bad Religion, All Bauhaus albums, Beastie Boys, Berlin, B.A.D., the other 2 Blancmange albums; Mange Tout & Believe You Me, Blondie, Boomtown Rats, Bow Wow Wow, Kate Bush, Cabaret Voltaire, Cameo, Camouflage, Can, The Cars, Cetu Javu, The Church, China Crisis, THE CLASH, Cocteau Twins, Coil, The Cramps, D.A.F, ALL DEPECHE MODE 80s albums (you forgot Speak & Spell, A Broken Frame, & Construction Time Again, Thomas Dolby's 1st 2 albums, Duran Duran (self-titled & Seven & The Ragged Tiger), Dominatrix, Echo & The Bunnymen, Einstuerzende Neubauten, The (English) Beat, Erasure, Eurythmics, EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL, Eyeless In Gaza, The Fall, Fine Young Cannibals, The Fixx, The other 2 good Flock of Seagulls Albums, Listen & The Story Of A Young Heart, General Public, Generation X, Go-Gos, Grandmaster Flash, Haircut 100, Heaven 17 (you forgot their greatest work-The Luxury Gap & How Men Are, The rest of the Human League catalogue, Icicle Works, Billy Idol, The rest of the INXS 80s releases, THE JAM, Japan, Killing Joke, King Krimson, Kinks, KISS, KMFDM, Kool & The Gang, The other Kraftwerk 80s album-Music Non Stop, Love & Rockets, Lene Lovich, Madness, Madonna, Men At Work (you know you liked them at the time), George Michael, Morrissey, Naked Eyes, Neu, NEW ORDER, Nine Inch Nails, Nitzer Ebb, Klaus Nomi, The Normal, Gary Numan, OINGO BOINGO, The rest of the OMD catalogue (OMD, Organisation, Dazzle Ships, JUNK CULTURE, Crush, The Pacific Age), Robert Palmer, Parliment Funkadelic, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, The Police (Zenyatta Mondatta, Ghost In The MAchine), The remaining Prince catalogue (not just Purple Rain), Psychadelic Furs, Queen, REM, Ramones, The Residents, Roxy Music, Run DMC, Sade, Saga, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Peter Schilling, Section 25, The Selector, Shriekback, The remaining Simple Minds albums (Empires and Dance, Sons And Fascination, Sparkle In The Rain), SMITHS, Smithereens, SPARKS, The Specials, Spinal Tap, Squeeze, The Stranglers, Stray Cats, Style Council, David Sylvian (Secrets Of The Beehive), Talk Talk (self titled, Colour Of Spring, Eden), Talking Heads, Tears For Fears (THE HURTING), The Romantics, The The, They Might Be Giants, THOMPSON TWINS, Tom Tom Club, Toy Dolls, TRIO, The Tubes, Ultravox (Quartet), Visage, Weird Al Yankovik, Wham!, When In Rome, XTC, Yazoo (You and Me Both), Yello (Solid Pleasure, Claro Que Si, You Gotta Say Yes To Another Excess, Stella, One Second), Yellow Magic Orchestra, Young MC and of course, ZZ Top! Love your page brother! Keep up the best work on the web!

knotty said...

I realize this was a chore and you did a fantsatic job. Just wanted to add to the mix. Please understand, I think this is the best site on the web. OUTSTANDING devotion sir! Truly.

Anonymous said...

Culture Club - Colour By Numbers
Erasure - The Innocents
Thompson Twins - Into The Gap
Thompson Twins - Here's To Future Days
A-ha - Scoundrel Days
Red Box - The Circle and The Square
Arcadia - So Red The Rose

Darren said...

No Prefab Sprout? I'm genuinely shocked.

Also, as much as I like Songs From A Big Chair, it doesn't come close to The Hurting.

Anonymous said...

I would like to add to this list:
Gene loves Jezebel - Discover - 1986
Gene Loves Jezebel - The House of Dolls - 1987
The Waterboys - This is the Sea - 1985
The Mighty Lemon Drops - World without end - 1988
The Cure - The head on the door - 1985
The Mission - God´s own medicine - 1987
The Cult - Love - 1985
The B-52´s - Cosmic Thing - 1989
The Silencres - A letter from St.Paul - 1987
The Silencers - A Blues for Buddha - 1989
Then Jerico - Big Area - 1989
Then Jerico - First - 1987
Echo And The Bunnymen - Ocean Rain - 1984
Hoodoo Gurus - Blow your Cool - 1987
Thank you very much

Anonymous said...

Duran Duran - Duran Duran
Yazoo - You and me both
Depeche Mode - A Broken Frame
Art Of Noise - Who's Afraid of the Art of Noise?
Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual
Culture Club - Kissing to Be Clever
Power Station - The Power Station

_ said...

Duran Duran only had one album amongst the 12 first I think that's the reason they came first.

Anonymous said...

for me Duran/Duran, Pet Shop Boys or "Dare" from The Human League never should be in a top! (from the latter, "Travelogue" is a better choice).
The Snake Corps with their 1st lp "Flesh On Flesh" [1985] as Peter Gabriel with "PG III" [1980] should be here!

Mace Hane said...

No Gary Numan?

Okay, Replicas and The Pleasure Principle are both '79, so out, but Telekon and, especially, Dance, are unbelievable albums.

'Dance' is sadly somewhat overlooked in many quarters, but is just an amazing collection of songs.
If one hasn't heard 'A Subway Called You', one hasn't heard the best of Numan.

Not to mention 'Crash'
'Cry, the Clock Said'

...and you know, although it wasn't actually on Dance, the song Numan released(and co-wrote)with Paul Gardiner, 'Stormtrooper in Drag', was from the same period and is one the greatest songs of the '80s, or any other decade for that matter.
It was subsequently included on re-releases of 'Dance'

Anyway, somebody had to mention Numan.

pehierre said...

japan is not present?
the cure seventeen second or faith?
rio vs the following album?