Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of the 1980s

Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of the 1980s

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100. Artists United Against Apartheid - Sun City

Artists United Against Apartheid - Sun City
December 7, 1985
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

99. Was (Not Was) - What Up Dog

Was (Not Was) - What Up Dog
January 1, 1988
Funk
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
81
3 reviews

98. UB40 - Labour of Love

UB40 - Labour of Love
September 1, 1983
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
68
2 reviews

97. Graham Parker - The Mona Lisa's Sister

Graham Parker - The Mona Lisa's Sister
April 1, 1988
Critic Score
65
2 reviews
User Score
NR

96. Culture Club - Colour by Numbers

Culture Club - Colour by Numbers
October 1, 1983
Pop
Critic Score
83
3 reviews
User Score
79
6 reviews

95. John Mellencamp - Scarecrow

John Mellencamp - Scarecrow
August 19, 1985
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
72
2 reviews

94. New Order - Power, Corruption & Lies

New Order - Power, Corruption & Lies
May 2, 1983
New Wave
Critic Score
94
4 reviews
User Score
89
177 reviews

93. Luther Vandross - The Night I Fell in Love

Luther Vandross - The Night I Fell in Love
March 8, 1985
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
82
1 review

92. Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever

Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever
April 24, 1989
Pop Rock
Critic Score
81
3 reviews
User Score
84
9 reviews

91. Lyle Lovett - Lyle Lovett

Lyle Lovett - Lyle Lovett
January 1, 1986
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
NR

90. Sting - ...Nothing Like the Sun

Sting - ...Nothing Like the Sun
October 13, 1987
Pop Rock
Critic Score
90
2 reviews
User Score
79
7 reviews

89. Aretha Franklin - Who's Zoomin' Who?

Aretha Franklin - Who's Zoomin' Who?
July 1, 1985
Critic Score
70
1 review
User Score
NR

88. Jackson Browne - Lives in the Balance

Jackson Browne - Lives in the Balance
February 18, 1986
Critic Score
60
1 review
User Score
NR

87. The Rolling Stones - Steel Wheels

The Rolling Stones - Steel Wheels
August 29, 1989
Rock
Critic Score
75
2 reviews
User Score
69
11 reviews

86. Bruce Springsteen - The River

Bruce Springsteen - The River
October 17, 1980
Rock
Critic Score
90
3 reviews
User Score
86
48 reviews

85. Neil Young - Freedom

Neil Young - Freedom
October 2, 1989
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
95
2 reviews
User Score
76
11 reviews

84. George Michael - Faith

George Michael - Faith
October 30, 1987
Pop
Critic Score
87
3 reviews
User Score
80
22 reviews

83. David Bowie - Let's Dance

David Bowie - Let's Dance
April 14, 1983
Dance Pop
Critic Score
70
2 reviews
User Score
78
124 reviews

82. Squeeze - East Side Story

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

81. Van Halen - 1984

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

80. Suzanne Vega - Suzanne Vega

Suzanne Vega - Suzanne Vega
May 1, 1985
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
75
2 reviews

79. Steve Earle - Guitar Town

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

78. The Human League - Dare!

The Human League - Dare!
October 16, 1981
New Wave
Critic Score
90
2 reviews
User Score
84
15 reviews

77. Robbie Robertson - Robbie Robertson

Robbie Robertson - Robbie Robertson
October 27, 1987
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
74
1 review

76. Public Image Ltd. - Second Edition

Public Image Ltd. - Second Edition
January 1, 1979
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
94
3 reviews

75. Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual

Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual
October 14, 1983
Pop Rock
Critic Score
75
4 reviews
User Score
84
21 reviews

74. Prince - Sign "O" the Times

Prince - Sign
March 31, 1987
R&B
Critic Score
100
6 reviews
User Score
92
105 reviews
Both discs are heavy with songs about hot sex ("Slow Love," "Hot Thing"), but those songs are outweighed by the towering ballads about love and commitment. "Adore" remains one of the greatest love songs of all time and continues to make women weak and wet with its opening promise: "Until the end of time, I'll be there for you." Even in a world so hopeless, Prince seems to say, love can conquer all.
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73. Don Henley - Building The Perfect Beast

Don Henley - Building The Perfect Beast
November 19, 1984
Pop Rock
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
65
2 reviews

72. Marshall Crenshaw - Marshall Crenshaw

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

71. Crowded House - Crowded House

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

70. Traveling Wilburys - Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1

Traveling Wilburys - Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1
October 18, 1988
Pop Rock
Critic Score
90
3 reviews
User Score
83
5 reviews

69. LL Cool J - Radio

LL Cool J - Radio
November 18, 1985
Hip Hop
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
80
4 reviews

68. The Specials - The Specials

The Specials - The Specials
October 10, 1979
Ska
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
87
23 reviews

67. Randy Newman - Trouble in Paradise

Randy Newman - Trouble in Paradise
January 17, 1983
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
NR

66. The Neville Brothers - Fiyo on the Bayou

The Neville Brothers - Fiyo on the Bayou
April 1, 1981
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
NR

65. 10,000 Maniacs - In My Tribe

10,000 Maniacs - In My Tribe
July 27, 1987
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
70
1 review

64. Living Colour - Vivid

Living Colour - Vivid
May 3, 1988
Hard Rock
Critic Score
95
2 reviews
User Score
74
7 reviews

63. Gang of Four - Entertainment!

Gang of Four - Entertainment!
September 1, 1979
Post-Punk
Critic Score
94
4 reviews
User Score
89
72 reviews

62. Def Leppard - Pyromania

Def Leppard - Pyromania
January 20, 1983
Hard Rock
Critic Score
90
3 reviews
User Score
81
7 reviews

61. Captain Beefheart - Doc at the Radar Station

Captain Beefheart - Doc at the Radar Station
August 1, 1980
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
81
8 reviews

60. Lou Reed - The Blue Mask

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

59. George Clinton - Computer Games

George Clinton - Computer Games
November 5, 1982
Funk
Critic Score
75
2 reviews
User Score
100
1 review

58. Various Artists - The Indestructible Beat of Soweto

Various Artists - The Indestructible Beat of Soweto
January 1, 1985
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
100
1 review

57. Pete Townshend - Empty Glass

Pete Townshend - Empty Glass
April 21, 1980
Pop Rock
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
80
1 review

56. Joy Division - Closer

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

55. John Fogerty - Centerfield

John Fogerty - Centerfield
January 15, 1985
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
94
1 review

54. Talking Heads - Speaking In Tongues

Talking Heads - Speaking In Tongues
May 31, 1983
New Wave
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
83
85 reviews

53. John Hiatt - Bring the Family

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

52. Dire Straits - Making Movies

Dire Straits - Making Movies
October 17, 1980
Rock
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
83
15 reviews

51. Run-D.M.C. - Run-D.M.C.

Run-D.M.C. - Run-D.M.C.
March 27, 1984
Hip Hop
Critic Score
86
2 reviews
User Score
85
9 reviews
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