Paste's 80 Best Albums of the 1980s

Paste's 80 Best Albums of the 1980s

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80. X - Los Angeles

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

79. 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

78. 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

77. Lou Reed - The Blue Mask

Lou Reed - The Blue Mask
February 1, 1982
Rock
Critic Score
88
3 reviews
User Score
85
12 reviews

76. Black Flag - Damaged

Black Flag - Damaged
December 5, 1981
Hardcore Punk
Critic Score
94
2 reviews
User Score
86
49 reviews

75. My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything

My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything
November 1, 1988
Shoegaze
Critic Score
97
3 reviews
User Score
87
172 reviews

74. Depeche Mode - Music for the Masses

Depeche Mode - Music for the Masses
September 28, 1987
Synthpop
Critic Score
80
3 reviews
User Score
83
49 reviews

73. The Soft Boys - Underwater Moonlight

The Soft Boys - Underwater Moonlight
June 28, 1980
Neo-Psychedelia
Critic Score
91
3 reviews
User Score
83
10 reviews

72. The Blasters - Hard Line

The Blasters - Hard Line
February 1, 1985
Critic Score
70
1 review
User Score
NR

71. Dinosaur Jr. - You're Living All Over Me

Dinosaur Jr. - You're Living All Over Me
December 14, 1987
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
88
5 reviews
User Score
87
85 reviews

70. 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

69. The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms

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

68. The Waterboys - Fisherman's Blues

The Waterboys - Fisherman's Blues
October 1, 1988
Folk Rock
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
85
7 reviews

67. Indigo Girls - Indigo Girls

Indigo Girls - Indigo Girls
February 28, 1989
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
75
2 reviews
User Score
87
5 reviews

66. Run-D.M.C. - Raising Hell

Run-D.M.C. - Raising Hell
May 15, 1986
Hip Hop
Critic Score
86
3 reviews
User Score
85
26 reviews

65. Nirvana - Bleach

Nirvana - Bleach
June 15, 1989
Grunge
Critic Score
83
3 reviews
User Score
81
212 reviews

64. Guadalcanal Diary - 2X4

Guadalcanal Diary - 2X4
January 1, 1987
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
NR

63. Bruce Cockburn - Humans

Bruce Cockburn - Humans
November 1, 1980
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
NR

62. Pretenders - Pretenders

Pretenders - Pretenders
December 27, 1979
New Wave
Critic Score
100
3 reviews
User Score
87
12 reviews

61. Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden

Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden
September 16, 1988
Post-Rock
Critic Score
86
4 reviews
User Score
89
88 reviews

60. Camper Van Beethoven - Key Lime Pie

Camper Van Beethoven - Key Lime Pie
September 1, 1989
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
75
2 reviews
User Score
80
2 reviews

59. The Fall - Hex Enduction Hour

The Fall - Hex Enduction Hour
March 8, 1982
Post-Punk
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
86
9 reviews

58. Midnight Oil - Diesel and Dust

Midnight Oil - Diesel and Dust
August 1, 1987
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
78
5 reviews

57. Fugazi - 13 Songs

Fugazi - 13 Songs
October 1, 1989
Post-Hardcore
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
87
32 reviews

56. 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

55. 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

54. Steve Earle - Guitar Town

Steve Earle - Guitar Town
March 5, 1986
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
84
2 reviews

53. Los Lobos - By the Light of the Moon

Los Lobos - By the Light of the Moon
January 1, 1987
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
95
1 review

52. Squeeze - East Side Story

Squeeze - East Side Story
May 15, 1981
Critic Score
90
2 reviews
User Score
86
1 review

51. John Hiatt - Bring the Family

John Hiatt - Bring the Family
May 29, 1987
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
71
2 reviews

50. Crowded House - Crowded House

Crowded House - Crowded House
June 1, 1986
Pop Rock
Critic Score
70
1 review
User Score
80
7 reviews

49. 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

48. Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms

Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms
May 13, 1985
Pop Rock
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
83
35 reviews

47. Tears For Fears - Songs from the Big Chair

Tears For Fears - Songs from the Big Chair
February 25, 1985
New Wave
Critic Score
89
2 reviews
User Score
84
34 reviews

46. The Clash - Sandinista!

The Clash - Sandinista!
December 12, 1980
Punk
Critic Score
75
2 reviews
User Score
77
37 reviews

45. 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

44. The Smiths - The Smiths

The Smiths - The Smiths
February 20, 1984
Jangle Pop
Critic Score
90
4 reviews
User Score
87
186 reviews

43. Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime

Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime
July 1, 1984
Post-Punk
Critic Score
91
3 reviews
User Score
87
50 reviews

42. Marshall Crenshaw - Marshall Crenshaw

Marshall Crenshaw - Marshall Crenshaw
April 28, 1982
Critic Score
90
2 reviews
User Score
NR

41. Ornette Coleman - In All Languages

Ornette Coleman - In All Languages
February 1, 1987
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
NR

40. Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill

Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill
November 15, 1986
Hip Hop
Critic Score
84
2 reviews
User Score
83
78 reviews

39. Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine

Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine
October 20, 1989
Industrial Rock
Critic Score
95
3 reviews
User Score
87
84 reviews

38. U2 - The Unforgettable Fire

U2 - The Unforgettable Fire
October 1, 1984
Rock
Critic Score
73
3 reviews
User Score
83
64 reviews

37. Van Halen - 1984

Van Halen - 1984
January 9, 1984
Hard Rock
Critic Score
85
3 reviews
User Score
80
21 reviews

36. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy

The Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy
November 1, 1985
Noise Pop
Critic Score
97
2 reviews
User Score
88
132 reviews

35. Echo & the Bunnymen - Ocean Rain

Echo & the Bunnymen - Ocean Rain
May 8, 1984
Post-Punk
Critic Score
82
4 reviews
User Score
86
37 reviews

34. 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

33. XTC - Skylarking

XTC - Skylarking
October 27, 1986
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
100
2 reviews
User Score
84
29 reviews

32. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses

The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
March 13, 1989
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
100
5 reviews
User Score
89
225 reviews

31. Joy Division - Closer

Joy Division - Closer
July 18, 1980
Post-Punk
Critic Score
97
4 reviews
User Score
91
282 reviews
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