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Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of the 1980s

Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of the 1980s

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99. Was (Not Was) - What Up Dog

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

98. UB40 - Labour of Love

UB40 - Labour of Love
September 1, 1983
Critic Score
85
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

96. Culture Club - Colour by Numbers

Culture Club - Colour by Numbers
October 1, 1983
Critic Score
83
3 reviews

95. John Mellencamp - Scarecrow

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

92. Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever

Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever
April 24, 1989
Critic Score
81
3 reviews

91. Lyle Lovett - Lyle Lovett

Lyle Lovett - Lyle Lovett
January 1, 1986
Critic Score
100
1 review
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90. Sting - ...Nothing Like the Sun

Sting - ...Nothing Like the Sun
October 13, 1987
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

88. Jackson Browne - Lives in the Balance

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

87. The Rolling Stones - Steel Wheels

The Rolling Stones - Steel Wheels
August 29, 1989
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

86. Bruce Springsteen - The River

Bruce Springsteen - The River
October 17, 1980
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

85. Neil Young - Freedom

Neil Young - Freedom
October 2, 1989
Critic Score
95
2 reviews

84. George Michael - Faith

George Michael - Faith
October 30, 1987
Critic Score
87
3 reviews

83. David Bowie - Let's Dance

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

82. Squeeze - East Side Story

Squeeze - East Side Story
May 15, 1981
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

81. Van Halen - 1984

Van Halen - 1984
January 9, 1984
Critic Score
85
3 reviews

80. Suzanne Vega - Suzanne Vega

Suzanne Vega - Suzanne Vega
May 1, 1985
Critic Score
80
1 review

79. Steve Earle - Guitar Town

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

78. The Human League - Dare!

The Human League - Dare!
October 16, 1981
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

77. Robbie Robertson - Robbie Robertson

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

76. Public Image Ltd. - Second Edition

Public Image Ltd. - Second Edition
January 1, 1979
Critic Score
100
1 review

75. Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual

Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual
October 14, 1983
Critic Score
75
4 reviews

74. Prince - Sign "O" the Times

Prince - Sign
March 31, 1987
Critic Score
100
6 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.

72. Marshall Crenshaw - Marshall Crenshaw

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

69. LL Cool J - Radio

LL Cool J - Radio
November 18, 1985
Critic Score
100
1 review

68. The Specials - The Specials

The Specials - The Specials
October 10, 1979
Critic Score
100
1 review

67. Randy Newman - Trouble in Paradise

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

65. 10,000 Maniacs - In My Tribe

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

64. Living Colour - Vivid

Living Colour - Vivid
May 3, 1988
Critic Score
95
2 reviews

63. Gang of Four - Entertainment!

Gang of Four - Entertainment!
September 1, 1979
Critic Score
94
4 reviews

62. Def Leppard - Pyromania

Def Leppard - Pyromania
January 20, 1983
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

60. Lou Reed - The Blue Mask

Lou Reed - The Blue Mask
February 1, 1982
Critic Score
88
3 reviews

59. George Clinton - Computer Games

George Clinton - Computer Games
November 5, 1982
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

57. Pete Townshend - Empty Glass

Pete Townshend - Empty Glass
April 21, 1980
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

56. Joy Division - Closer

Joy Division - Closer
July 18, 1980
Critic Score
97
4 reviews

The music of Joy Division — an art-minded English postpunk band that initially struck reviewers as a tuneful version of PiL — sets forth an even more indelible vision of gloom. In fact, it's a vision so steeped in deathly fixations that it proved fatal.

55. John Fogerty - Centerfield

John Fogerty - Centerfield
January 15, 1985
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

53. John Hiatt - Bring the Family

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

52. Dire Straits - Making Movies

Dire Straits - Making Movies
October 17, 1980
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

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

Run-D.M.C. - Run-D.M.C.
March 27, 1984
Critic Score
86
2 reviews
Original Source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/100-best-albums-of-the-eighties-20110418
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