The Best Singer-Songwriter Albums of the 1980s

1. Paul Simon - Graceland

Paul Simon - Graceland
August 12, 1986
Critic Score
100
5 reviews

2. Tom Waits - Rain Dogs

Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
September 30, 1985
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

3. Richard & Linda Thompson - Shoot Out the Lights

Richard & Linda Thompson - Shoot Out the Lights
March 15, 1982
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

4. Lyle Lovett - Lyle Lovett

Lyle Lovett - Lyle Lovett
January 1, 1986
Critic Score
100
1 review

5. Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love

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

6. Neil Young - Freedom

Neil Young - Freedom
October 2, 1989
Critic Score
95
2 reviews

8. Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman

Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman
April 5, 1988
Critic Score
91
3 reviews

9. Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska

Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska
September 30, 1982
Critic Score
91
4 reviews

10. Lou Reed - The Blue Mask

Lou Reed - The Blue Mask
February 1, 1982
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

12. Rickie Lee Jones - Pirates

Rickie Lee Jones - Pirates
July 15, 1981
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

13. Suzanne Vega - Solitude Standing

Suzanne Vega - Solitude Standing
April 1, 1987
Critic Score
90
1 review

14. John Martyn - Grace & Danger

John Martyn - Grace & Danger
June 1, 1980
Critic Score
90
1 review

15. Daniel Johnston - Hi, How Are You

Daniel Johnston - Hi, How Are You
September 1, 1983
Critic Score
90
1 review

16. Billy Bragg - Brewing Up with Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg - Brewing Up with Billy Bragg
November 1, 1984
Critic Score
90
1 review

17. Leonard Cohen - I'm Your Man

Leonard Cohen - I'm Your Man
February 2, 1988
Critic Score
89
4 reviews

18. Sinéad O'Connor - The Lion and the Cobra

Sinéad O'Connor - The Lion and the Cobra
November 4, 1987
Critic Score
88
4 reviews

19. Mary Margaret O'Hara - Miss America

Mary Margaret O'Hara - Miss America
January 1, 1988
Critic Score
88
2 reviews

20. Bob Dylan - Infidels

Bob Dylan - Infidels
October 27, 1983
Critic Score
87
3 reviews

22. Richard Thompson - Hand of Kindness

Richard Thompson - Hand of Kindness
June 1, 1983
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

23. Joe Jackson - Night and Day

Joe Jackson - Night and Day
June 1, 1982
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

24. Elvis Costello - King of America

Elvis Costello - King of America
February 21, 1986
Critic Score
84
7 reviews

25. Paul Simon - Hearts and Bones

Paul Simon - Hearts and Bones
November 4, 1983
Critic Score
81
4 reviews
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