Pitchfork's Top 100 Albums of the 1980s

Pitchfork's Top 100 Albums of the 1980s

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100. Minor Threat - Out of Step

Minor Threat - Out of Step
April 1, 1983
Hardcore Punk
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
85
11 reviews

99. Gang of Four - Songs of the Free

Gang of Four - Songs of the Free
January 1, 1982
Post-Punk
Critic Score
70
2 reviews
User Score
73
9 reviews

98. Cocteau Twins - Treasure

Cocteau Twins - Treasure
November 1, 1984
Dream Pop
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
85
44 reviews

97. Mekons - The Mekons Rock 'n' Roll

Mekons - The Mekons Rock 'n' Roll
September 1, 1989
Post-Punk
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
80
1 review

96. Rites of Spring - Rites of Spring

Rites of Spring - Rites of Spring
June 1, 1985
Post-Hardcore
Critic Score
60
1 review
User Score
79
6 reviews

95. Duran Duran - Rio

Duran Duran - Rio
May 10, 1982
Synthpop
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
78
28 reviews

94. Meat Puppets - Meat Puppets II

Meat Puppets - Meat Puppets II
April 1, 1984
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
85
18 reviews

93. David Bowie - Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)

David Bowie - Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)
September 12, 1980
Art Rock
Critic Score
88
3 reviews
User Score
85
138 reviews

92. Kate Bush - Hounds of Love

Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
September 16, 1985
Art Pop
Critic Score
98
2 reviews
User Score
92
197 reviews
With her self-produced fifth album, Kate Bush became a total auteur, embracing the possibilities of digital sampling synthesizers and creating a perfect marriage of technique and exploration.
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91. X - Los Angeles

X - Los Angeles
April 1, 1980
Punk Rock
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
87
23 reviews

90. Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking

Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking
August 23, 1988
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
90
2 reviews
User Score
88
19 reviews

89. Boredoms - Soul Discharge

Boredoms - Soul Discharge
December 1, 1989
Noise Rock
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
82
5 reviews

88. Spacemen 3 - Playing with Fire

Spacemen 3 - Playing with Fire
February 1, 1989
Neo-Psychedelia
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
88
9 reviews

87. Prince - Dirty Mind

Prince - Dirty Mind
October 8, 1980
Funk
Critic Score
99
6 reviews
User Score
88
78 reviews

86. The Police - Ghost in the Machine

The Police - Ghost in the Machine
October 2, 1981
New Wave
Critic Score
75
2 reviews
User Score
79
18 reviews

85. Paul Simon - Graceland

Paul Simon - Graceland
August 12, 1986
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
100
5 reviews
User Score
89
115 reviews

84. ESG - Come Away with ESG

ESG - Come Away with ESG
January 1, 1983
Post-Punk
Critic Score
87
2 reviews
User Score
83
7 reviews

83. Talk Talk - The Colour of Spring

Talk Talk - The Colour of Spring
January 1, 1985
Art Rock
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
86
36 reviews

82. The Fall - Perverted by Language

The Fall - Perverted by Language
December 12, 1983
Post-Punk
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
79
6 reviews

81. Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll

Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll
September 19, 1988
Dream Pop
Critic Score
82
3 reviews
User Score
84
35 reviews

80. Hüsker Dü - New Day Rising

Hüsker Dü - New Day Rising
January 1, 1985
Post-Hardcore
Critic Score
100
2 reviews
User Score
88
33 reviews

79. Manuel Göttsching - E2-E4

Manuel Göttsching - E2-E4
January 1, 1984
Critic Score
94
2 reviews
User Score
87
8 reviews

78. They Might Be Giants - Lincoln

They Might Be Giants - Lincoln
September 25, 1988
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
75
2 reviews
User Score
81
12 reviews

77. The Smiths - Strangeways, Here We Come

The Smiths - Strangeways, Here We Come
September 28, 1987
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
82
3 reviews
User Score
86
123 reviews

76. The dB's - Stands for Decibels

The dB's - Stands for Decibels
January 1, 1981
Power Pop
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
74
4 reviews

75. Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded

Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded
March 3, 1987
Hip Hop
Critic Score
100
2 reviews
User Score
88
13 reviews

74. Mekons - Fear and Whiskey

Mekons - Fear and Whiskey
June 1, 1985
Post-Punk
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
86
2 reviews

73. Coil - Horse Rotorvator

Coil - Horse Rotorvator
January 1, 1986
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
90
5 reviews

72. Meat Puppets - Up on the Sun

Meat Puppets - Up on the Sun
March 1, 1985
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
82
9 reviews

71. The Replacements - Pleased to Meet Me

The Replacements - Pleased to Meet Me
July 7, 1987
Punk Rock
Critic Score
90
2 reviews
User Score
86
34 reviews

70. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Trust

Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Trust
January 23, 1981
Pop Rock
Critic Score
92
3 reviews
User Score
85
7 reviews

69. The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms

The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms
April 1, 1980
Post-Punk
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
86
33 reviews

68. Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense

Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
September 1, 1984
New Wave
Critic Score
75
2 reviews
User Score
86
29 reviews

67. The Pogues - Rum Sodomy & the Lash

The Pogues - Rum Sodomy & the Lash
August 1, 1985
Folk Punk
Critic Score
85
3 reviews
User Score
83
9 reviews

66. The Dukes Of Stratosphear - Psonic Psunspot

The Dukes Of Stratosphear - Psonic Psunspot
August 1, 1987
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
83
1 review

65. The Soft Boys - Underwater Moonlight

The Soft Boys - Underwater Moonlight
June 28, 1980
Neo-Psychedelia
Critic Score
91
3 reviews
User Score
82
11 reviews

64. Television Personalities - ...And Don't the Kids Just Love It

Television Personalities - ...And Don't the Kids Just Love It
January 1, 1981
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
83
6 reviews

63. Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth

Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth
February 1, 1980
Post-Punk
Critic Score
91
8 reviews
User Score
89
24 reviews

62. R.E.M. - Reckoning

R.E.M. - Reckoning
April 9, 1984
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
91
4 reviews
User Score
88
73 reviews

61. Nurse with Wound - Homotopy to Marie

Nurse with Wound - Homotopy to Marie
January 1, 1982
Critic Score
70
1 review
User Score
79
3 reviews

60. Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska

Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska
September 30, 1982
Rock
Critic Score
91
3 reviews
User Score
89
66 reviews

59. Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction

Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction
July 21, 1987
Hard Rock
Critic Score
93
6 reviews
User Score
80
126 reviews

58. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Imperial Bedroom

Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Imperial Bedroom
July 2, 1982
Pop Rock
Critic Score
92
3 reviews
User Score
90
8 reviews

57. Pixies - Come on Pilgrim

Pixies - Come on Pilgrim
September 28, 1987
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
84
3 reviews
User Score
84
48 reviews

56. King Crimson - Discipline

King Crimson - Discipline
September 22, 1981
Progressive Rock
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
85
33 reviews

55. The Police - Synchronicity

The Police - Synchronicity
June 1, 1983
New Wave
Critic Score
90
2 reviews
User Score
84
42 reviews

54. Big Black - Songs About Fucking

Big Black - Songs About Fucking
January 1, 1987
Punk Rock
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
83
35 reviews

53. Mission of Burma - Signals, Calls and Marches

Mission of Burma - Signals, Calls and Marches
July 4, 1981
Post-Punk
Critic Score
96
2 reviews
User Score
90
28 reviews

52. Eric B. & Rakim - Paid in Full

Eric B. & Rakim - Paid in Full
July 7, 1987
Hip Hop
Critic Score
87
3 reviews
User Score
87
37 reviews

51. Leonard Cohen - I'm Your Man

Leonard Cohen - I'm Your Man
February 2, 1988
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
91
4 reviews
User Score
86
26 reviews
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