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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
      Imposs1904 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?