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The Best Post-Punk Albums of the 1980s

1. Joy Division - Substance

Joy Division - Substance
July 11, 1988
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

2. The Cure - Staring at the Sea: The Singles

The Cure - Staring at the Sea: The Singles
May 6, 1986
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

3. Cabaret Voltaire - Red Mecca

Cabaret Voltaire - Red Mecca
September 0, 1981
Critic Score
100
1 review

4. Talking Heads - Remain in Light

Talking Heads - Remain in Light
October 8, 1980
Critic Score
98
5 reviews

5. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy

The Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy
November 1, 1985
Critic Score
98
2 reviews

6. The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms

The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms
April 1, 1980
Critic Score
96
2 reviews

7. Joy Division - Closer

Joy Division - Closer
July 18, 1980
Critic Score
95
4 reviews

8. The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace

The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace
September 23, 1985
Critic Score
95
2 reviews

9. Siouxsie and the Banshees - Peepshow

Siouxsie and the Banshees - Peepshow
September 5, 1988
Critic Score
95
2 reviews

11. Mekons - Fear and Whiskey

Mekons - Fear and Whiskey
June 1, 1985
Critic Score
94
2 reviews

13. Mission of Burma - Vs.

Mission of Burma - Vs.
January 1, 1982
Critic Score
93
2 reviews

14. New Order - Power, Corruption & Lies

New Order - Power, Corruption & Lies
May 2, 1983
Critic Score
92
4 reviews

15. Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth

Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth
February 1, 1980
Critic Score
91
9 reviews

16. Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes

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

17. The Jam - Sound Affects

The Jam - Sound Affects
November 28, 1980
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

18. This Heat - Deceit

This Heat - Deceit
January 1, 1981
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

19. The Sugarcubes - Life's Too Good

The Sugarcubes - Life's Too Good
April 1, 1988
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

20. Lydia Lunch - Queen of Siam

Lydia Lunch - Queen of Siam
February 9, 1980
Critic Score
90
1 review

21. Siouxsie and the Banshees - Tinderbox

Siouxsie and the Banshees - Tinderbox
April 22, 1986
Critic Score
90
1 review

22. The Gun Club - Miami

The Gun Club - Miami
September 20, 1982
Critic Score
90
1 review

24. The Sound - Jeopardy

The Sound - Jeopardy
November 1, 1980
Critic Score
90
1 review

25. Cocteau Twins - Head Over Heels

Cocteau Twins - Head Over Heels
October 31, 1983
Critic Score
90
1 review
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