The Best Rock Albums of the 1980s

1. Pixies - Doolittle

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

2. The Replacements - Let It Be

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

3. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses

The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
March 13, 1989
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. Sonic Youth - Sister

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

6. The Velvet Underground - VU

The Velvet Underground - VU
February 5, 1985
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

7. The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta

The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta
October 3, 1980
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

8. Hüsker Dü - New Day Rising

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

9. Richard & Linda Thompson - Shoot Out the Lights

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

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

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

11. Tom Waits - Rain Dogs

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

12. Meat Puppets - Meat Puppets II

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

13. Phil Collins - No Jacket Required

Phil Collins - No Jacket Required
January 25, 1985
Critic Score
100
1 review

14. Rush - Moving Pictures

Rush - Moving Pictures
February 12, 1981
Critic Score
100
1 review

16. Motörhead - No Remorse

Motörhead - No Remorse
September 15, 1984
Critic Score
100
1 review

17. Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love

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

18. Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A.

Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A.
June 4, 1984
Critic Score
98
4 reviews

19. U2 - The Joshua Tree

U2 - The Joshua Tree
March 9, 1987
Critic Score
97
6 reviews

20. Hüsker Dü - Flip Your Wig

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

21. Neil Young - Freedom

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

22. Spacemen 3 - The Perfect Prescription

Spacemen 3 - The Perfect Prescription
September 0, 1987
Critic Score
95
2 reviews

23. Living Colour - Vivid

Living Colour - Vivid
May 3, 1988
Critic Score
95
2 reviews

24. The Rolling Stones - Tattoo You

The Rolling Stones - Tattoo You
August 24, 1981
Critic Score
95
2 reviews

25. Motörhead - Ace of Spades

Motörhead - Ace of Spades
November 8, 1980
Critic Score
95
2 reviews
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