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The Best Indie Rock Albums of the 1980s

1. Happy Mondays - Bummed

Happy Mondays - Bummed
November 1, 1988
Critic Score
90
1 review

2. Half Japanese - Charmed Life

Half Japanese - Charmed Life
January 1, 1988
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

3. Half Japanese - The Band That Would Be King

Half Japanese - The Band That Would Be King
January 1, 1989
Critic Score
83
2 reviews

4. Beat Happening - Jamboree

Beat Happening - Jamboree
January 1, 1988
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

5. Half Japanese - Sing No Evil

Half Japanese - Sing No Evil
January 1, 1985
Critic Score
80
1 review

6. The Wedding Present - Bizarro

The Wedding Present - Bizarro
October 1, 1989
Critic Score
80
1 review

7. Yo La Tengo - New Wave Hot Dogs

Yo La Tengo - New Wave Hot Dogs
January 1, 1987
Critic Score
80
1 review

8. Yo La Tengo - Ride the Tiger

Yo La Tengo - Ride the Tiger
January 1, 1986
Critic Score
80
1 review

9. Camper Van Beethoven - Key Lime Pie

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

10. The Triffids - The Black Swan

The Triffids - The Black Swan
April 1, 1989
Critic Score
73
3 reviews

11. Half Japanese - Music to Strip By

Half Japanese - Music to Strip By
January 1, 1987
Critic Score
72
2 reviews

12. Sebadoh - The Freed Man

Sebadoh - The Freed Man
September 1, 1989
Critic Score
70
5 reviews

13. Throwing Muses - House Tornado

Throwing Muses - House Tornado
January 1, 1988
Critic Score
60
2 reviews

14. Guided By Voices - Devil Between My Toes

Guided By Voices - Devil Between My Toes
February 15, 1987
Critic Score
60
2 reviews

16. Primal Scream - Primal Scream

Primal Scream - Primal Scream
September 4, 1989
Critic Score
50
1 review

17. Throwing Muses - Hunkpapa

Throwing Muses - Hunkpapa
January 23, 1989
Critic Score
50
1 review

18. Guided By Voices - Sandbox

Guided By Voices - Sandbox
February 15, 1987
Critic Score
40
1 review
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