The Best Pop Albums of the 1980s

1. The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta

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

2. Phil Collins - No Jacket Required

Phil Collins - No Jacket Required
January 25, 1985
Critic Score
100
1 review

3. Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love

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

4. The Beatles - Past Masters, Volume Two

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

5. Prefab Sprout - Steve McQueen

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

6. Michael Jackson - Thriller

Michael Jackson - Thriller
November 30, 1982
Critic Score
94
6 reviews

7. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Trust

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

9. XTC - Black Sea

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

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

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

12. Tina Turner - Private Dancer

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

13. Madonna - Like a Virgin

Madonna - Like a Virgin
November 12, 1984
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

14. Traveling Wilburys - Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1

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

15. The Police - Synchronicity

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

16. The The - Mind Bomb

The The - Mind Bomb
July 11, 1989
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

17. Grace Jones - Nightclubbing

Grace Jones - Nightclubbing
May 11, 1981
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

18. Sting - ...Nothing Like the Sun

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

19. The Waterboys - This Is the Sea

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

20. Don Henley - The End Of The Innocence

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

21. The Communards - Red

The Communards - Red
October 1, 1987
Critic Score
90
1 review

22. Olivia Newton-John - Physical

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

24. INXS - Kick

INXS - Kick
October 19, 1987
Critic Score
90
1 review

25. Roxette - Look Sharp!

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