The Best Folk Albums of the 1980s

1. Richard & Linda Thompson - Shoot Out the Lights

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

3. The Waterboys - This Is the Sea

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

4. Billy Bragg - Brewing Up with Billy Bragg

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

5. The Triffids - Born Sandy Devotional

The Triffids - Born Sandy Devotional
March 1, 1986
Critic Score
90
1 review

7. The Pogues - Rum Sodomy & the Lash

The Pogues - Rum Sodomy & the Lash
August 1, 1985
Critic Score
87
3 reviews

9. The Waterboys - Fisherman's Blues

The Waterboys - Fisherman's Blues
October 1, 1988
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

10. Richard Thompson - Hand of Kindness

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

11. Cowboy Junkies - The Trinity Session

Cowboy Junkies - The Trinity Session
January 1, 1988
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

12. Elvis Costello - King of America

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

13. Bob Dylan - Oh Mercy

Bob Dylan - Oh Mercy
September 18, 1989
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

14. Bobb Trimble - Harvest of Dreams

Bobb Trimble - Harvest of Dreams
December 16, 1982
Critic Score
80
4 reviews

15. Jandek - Interstellar Discussion

Jandek - Interstellar Discussion
January 1, 1984
Critic Score
80
1 review

16. Suzanne Vega - Suzanne Vega

Suzanne Vega - Suzanne Vega
May 1, 1985
Critic Score
80
1 review

17. Bobb Trimble - Iron Curtain Innocence

Bobb Trimble - Iron Curtain Innocence
January 1, 1980
Critic Score
76
4 reviews

18. 10,000 Maniacs - Blind Man's Zoo

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

19. Billy Bragg - Workers Playtime

Billy Bragg - Workers Playtime
September 1, 1988
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

20. Indigo Girls - Indigo Girls

Indigo Girls - Indigo Girls
February 28, 1989
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

21. Bob Dylan - Empire Burlesque

Bob Dylan - Empire Burlesque
June 10, 1985
Critic Score
74
2 reviews

22. Crosby, Stills & Nash - Daylight Again

Crosby, Stills & Nash - Daylight Again
June 21, 1982
Critic Score
67
3 reviews

23. Nick Drake - Time of No Reply

Nick Drake - Time of No Reply
January 1, 1987
Critic Score
65
2 reviews

24. Violent Femmes - Hallowed Ground

Violent Femmes - Hallowed Ground
June 10, 1984
Critic Score
65
2 reviews

25. Nico - The Peel Sessions

Nico - The Peel Sessions
October 30, 1988
Critic Score
60
1 review
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