Slant Magazine's 100 Best Albums of the 1980s

Slant Magazine's 100 Best Albums of the 1980s

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100. Soul II Soul - Club Classics Vol. One

Soul II Soul - Club Classics Vol. One
April 10, 1989
R&B
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
86
3 reviews

99. Slick Rick - The Great Adventures of Slick Rick

Slick Rick - The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
November 1, 1988
Hip Hop
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
85
14 reviews

98. X - Los Angeles

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

97. George Clinton - Computer Games

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

96. 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

95. 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

94. U2 - War

U2 - War
February 28, 1983
Rock
Critic Score
90
6 reviews
User Score
84
84 reviews

93. The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace

The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace
September 23, 1985
Post-Punk
Critic Score
99
4 reviews
User Score
87
19 reviews

92. 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

91. 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

90. Metallica - Master of Puppets

Metallica - Master of Puppets
March 3, 1986
Thrash Metal
Critic Score
95
2 reviews
User Score
89
145 reviews

89. Talking Heads - Speaking In Tongues

Talking Heads - Speaking In Tongues
May 31, 1983
New Wave
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
84
86 reviews

88. Pet Shop Boys - Actually

Pet Shop Boys - Actually
September 7, 1987
Synthpop
Critic Score
88
2 reviews
User Score
81
25 reviews

87. Tom Tom Club - Tom Tom Club

Tom Tom Club - Tom Tom Club
June 23, 1981
Critic Score
NR
User Score
75
5 reviews

86. The Human League - Dare!

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

85. The Clash - Sandinista!

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

84. Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force - Planet Rock: The Album

Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force - Planet Rock: The Album
December 1, 1986
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
84
4 reviews

83. David Byrne & Brian Eno - My Life in the Bush of Ghosts

David Byrne & Brian Eno - My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
February 1, 1981
Experimental
Critic Score
86
7 reviews
User Score
87
31 reviews

82. Sonic Youth - EVOL

Sonic Youth - EVOL
May 1, 1986
Noise Rock
Critic Score
90
4 reviews
User Score
87
74 reviews

81. R.E.M. - Reckoning

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

80. The Clash - Combat Rock

The Clash - Combat Rock
May 14, 1982
Punk
Critic Score
63
3 reviews
User Score
75
48 reviews

79. The Cure - Pornography

The Cure - Pornography
May 3, 1982
Gothic Rock
Critic Score
71
3 reviews
User Score
83
78 reviews

78. Bangles - Different Light

Bangles - Different Light
January 1, 1986
Critic Score
70
2 reviews
User Score
62
1 review

77. 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

76. The Art of Noise - Who's Afraid of the Art of Noise?

The Art of Noise - Who's Afraid of the Art of Noise?
June 19, 1984
Electronic
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
83
4 reviews

75. 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

74. Cocteau Twins - Treasure

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

73. Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade

Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade
July 1, 1984
Hardcore Punk
Critic Score
93
3 reviews
User Score
88
47 reviews

72. Sonic Youth - Sister

Sonic Youth - Sister
June 1, 1987
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
100
3 reviews
User Score
88
92 reviews

71. Kate Bush - The Dreaming

Kate Bush - The Dreaming
September 13, 1982
Art Pop
Critic Score
70
1 review
User Score
88
68 reviews

70. Lou Reed - New York

Lou Reed - New York
January 10, 1989
Rock
Critic Score
88
3 reviews
User Score
86
13 reviews

69. 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

68. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Get Happy!!

Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Get Happy!!
February 15, 1980
New Wave
Critic Score
100
2 reviews
User Score
82
11 reviews

67. XTC - Skylarking

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

66. The Replacements - Tim

The Replacements - Tim
October 1, 1985
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
90
3 reviews
User Score
89
53 reviews

65. 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

64. Pretenders - Pretenders

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

63. Tina Turner - Private Dancer

Tina Turner - Private Dancer
May 29, 1984
Pop Rock
Critic Score
90
3 reviews
User Score
83
8 reviews

62. George Michael - Faith

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

61. 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

60. Madonna - True Blue

Madonna - True Blue
June 30, 1986
Pop
Critic Score
79
3 reviews
User Score
79
121 reviews

Time stamped with '80s-era keyboard and drum synths, True Blue, though chockfull of hits, is the most dated of Madonna's albums.

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59. 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

58. 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

57. Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska

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

56. 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

55. Kate Bush - The Sensual World

Kate Bush - The Sensual World
October 16, 1989
Art Pop
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
84
46 reviews

54. 808 State - Ninety

808 State - Ninety
December 4, 1989
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
82
2 reviews

53. Prince - Dirty Mind

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

52. R.E.M. - Lifes Rich Pageant

R.E.M. - Lifes Rich Pageant
July 28, 1986
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
89
4 reviews
User Score
84
50 reviews

51. The Smiths - The Smiths

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