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The Best Alternative Rock Albums of the 1980s

1. Pixies - Doolittle

Pixies - Doolittle
April 18, 1989
Critic Score
100
5 reviews

2. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses

The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
March 13, 1989
Critic Score
100
4 reviews

3. The Replacements - Let It Be

The Replacements - Let It Be
October 2, 1984
Critic Score
100
4 reviews

4. The Smiths - Hatful of Hollow

The Smiths - Hatful of Hollow
November 12, 1984
Critic Score
100
3 reviews

5. Hüsker Dü - New Day Rising

Hüsker Dü - New Day Rising
January 1, 1985
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

6. Meat Puppets - Meat Puppets II

Meat Puppets - Meat Puppets II
April 1, 1984
Critic Score
100
1 review

7. Sonic Youth - Sister

Sonic Youth - Sister
June 1, 1987
Critic Score
100
4 reviews

8. Hüsker Dü - Flip Your Wig

Hüsker Dü - Flip Your Wig
September 1, 1985
Critic Score
95
2 reviews

9. R.E.M. - Murmur

R.E.M. - Murmur
April 12, 1983
Critic Score
95
7 reviews

10. The Replacements - Tim

The Replacements - Tim
October 1, 1985
Critic Score
92
3 reviews

11. Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation

Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
October 1, 1988
Critic Score
92
6 reviews

12. R.E.M. - Document

R.E.M. - Document
September 1, 1987
Critic Score
91
4 reviews

13. R.E.M. - Reckoning

R.E.M. - Reckoning
April 9, 1984
Critic Score
91
4 reviews

14. Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes

Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
April 1, 1983
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

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

R.E.M. - Lifes Rich Pageant
July 28, 1986
Critic Score
90
4 reviews

16. Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking

Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking
August 23, 1988
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

17. Titãs - Cabeça Dinossauro

Titãs - Cabeça Dinossauro
July 21, 1986
Critic Score
90
1 review

18. Meat Puppets - Up on the Sun

Meat Puppets - Up on the Sun
March 1, 1985
Critic Score
90
1 review

19. Ian McCulloch - Candleland

Ian McCulloch - Candleland
September 17, 1989
Critic Score
90
1 review

20. Minutemen - 3-Way Tie (For Last)

Minutemen - 3-Way Tie (For Last)
December 1, 1985
Critic Score
90
1 review

22. Fishbone - Truth and Soul

Fishbone - Truth and Soul
September 13, 1988
Critic Score
90
1 review

23. Noir Désir - Veuillez rendre l'âme (à qui elle appartient)

Noir Désir - Veuillez rendre l'âme (à qui elle appartient)
January 29, 1989
Critic Score
90
1 review

24. Sonic Youth - EVOL

Sonic Youth - EVOL
May 1, 1986
Critic Score
89
5 reviews

25. Pixies - Surfer Rosa

Pixies - Surfer Rosa
March 21, 1988
Critic Score
89
4 reviews
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