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The Best Pop Rock Albums of the 1980s

1. The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta

The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta
October 3, 1980
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

2. Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love

Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love
October 9, 1987
Critic Score
99
4 reviews

3. Prefab Sprout - Steve McQueen

Prefab Sprout - Steve McQueen
June 1, 1985
Critic Score
95
2 reviews

4. The Beatles - Past Masters, Volume Two

The Beatles - Past Masters, Volume Two
March 7, 1988
Critic Score
95
2 reviews

5. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Trust

Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Trust
January 23, 1981
Critic Score
93
3 reviews

7. XTC - Black Sea

XTC - Black Sea
September 12, 1980
Critic Score
91
2 reviews

8. Tina Turner - Private Dancer

Tina Turner - Private Dancer
May 29, 1984
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

9. Traveling Wilburys - Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1

Traveling Wilburys - Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1
October 18, 1988
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

10. David Bowie - Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)

David Bowie - Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)
September 12, 1980
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

11. The Police - Synchronicity

The Police - Synchronicity
June 1, 1983
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

12. The Waterboys - This Is the Sea

The Waterboys - This Is the Sea
September 16, 1985
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

13. Sting - ...Nothing Like the Sun

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

14. Don Henley - The End Of The Innocence

Don Henley - The End Of The Innocence
June 27, 1989
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

15. Roxette - Look Sharp!

Roxette - Look Sharp!
October 21, 1988
Critic Score
90
1 review

16. Olivia Newton-John - Physical

Olivia Newton-John - Physical
October 13, 1981
Critic Score
90
1 review

17. Chris Isaak - Heart Shaped World

Chris Isaak - Heart Shaped World
June 1, 1989
Critic Score
90
1 review

18. Kim Carnes - Mistaken Identity

Kim Carnes - Mistaken Identity
April 1, 1981
Critic Score
90
1 review

19. Foreigner - 4

Foreigner - 4
July 2, 1981
Critic Score
90
1 review

21. The Motels - All Four One

The Motels - All Four One
April 6, 1982
Critic Score
90
1 review

22. Chris Rea - Road to Hell

Chris Rea - Road to Hell
February 14, 1989
Critic Score
90
1 review

23. Queen - Greatest Hits

Queen - Greatest Hits
November 2, 1981
Critic Score
90
1 review

24. REO Speedwagon - Hi Infidelity

REO Speedwagon - Hi Infidelity
November 21, 1980
Critic Score
90
1 review

25. Donna Summer - The Wanderer

Donna Summer - The Wanderer
October 20, 1980
Critic Score
90
1 review
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