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The Best Indie Pop Albums of the 1980s

1. The Smiths - The Queen is Dead

The Smiths - The Queen is Dead
June 16, 1986
Critic Score
100
4 reviews

2. The Smiths - Hatful of Hollow

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

3. The Go-Betweens - 16 Lovers Lane

The Go-Betweens - 16 Lovers Lane
August 1, 1988
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

5. The House of Love - The House of Love

The House of Love - The House of Love
January 1, 1988
Critic Score
95
2 reviews

6. Felt - Forever Breathes the Lonely Word

Felt - Forever Breathes the Lonely Word
September 0, 1986
Critic Score
92
2 reviews

7. The Smiths - The Smiths

The Smiths - The Smiths
February 20, 1984
Critic Score
91
5 reviews

8. The Go-Betweens - Spring Hill Fair

The Go-Betweens - Spring Hill Fair
January 1, 1984
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

9. Felt - Me and a Monkey on the Moon

Felt - Me and a Monkey on the Moon
November 13, 1989
Critic Score
90
1 review

10. Galaxie 500 - Today

Galaxie 500 - Today
January 1, 1988
Critic Score
88
2 reviews

12. The Smiths - Louder Than Bombs

The Smiths - Louder Than Bombs
March 30, 1987
Critic Score
85
3 reviews

13. They Might Be Giants - They Might Be Giants

They Might Be Giants - They Might Be Giants
November 4, 1986
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

15. Felt - The Pictorial Jackson Review

Felt - The Pictorial Jackson Review
March 0, 1988
Critic Score
80
1 review

16. The Smiths - This Charming Man

The Smiths - This Charming Man
October 31, 1983
Critic Score
80
1 review

17. Dolly Mixture - Demonstration Tapes

Dolly Mixture - Demonstration Tapes
Critic Score
80
1 review

18. Felt - Poem of the River

Felt - Poem of the River
June 0, 1987
Critic Score
80
1 review

19. Beat Happening - Beat Happening

Beat Happening - Beat Happening
January 1, 1985
Critic Score
80
1 review

20. The Feelies - The Good Earth

The Feelies - The Good Earth
January 1, 1986
Critic Score
76
2 reviews

21. 10,000 Maniacs - Blind Man's Zoo

10,000 Maniacs - Blind Man's Zoo
May 19, 1989
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

22. Prefab Sprout - SWOON

Prefab Sprout - SWOON
March 1, 1984
Critic Score
74
3 reviews

23. The Smiths - Meat Is Murder

The Smiths - Meat Is Murder
February 11, 1985
Critic Score
74
3 reviews

24. The Smiths - The World Won't Listen

The Smiths - The World Won't Listen
February 23, 1987
Critic Score
71
2 reviews

25. Orange Juice - Rip It Up

Orange Juice - Rip It Up
November 1, 1982
Critic Score
70
1 review
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