Pitchfork's 200 Best Albums of the 1980s

Pitchfork's 200 Best Albums of the 1980s

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200.

Malcolm McLaren - Duck Rock
January 1, 1983
Critic Score
90
1 review

198.

Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath
September 7, 1984
Critic Score
90
1 review

197.

Whodini - Escape
October 17, 1984
Critic Score
90
1 review

194.

Patrice Rushen - Straight from the Heart
April 14, 1982
Critic Score
90
1 review

193.

Flipper - Album - Generic Flipper
January 1, 1982
Critic Score
90
1 review

192.

Salt-n-Pepa - Hot, Cool & Vicious
December 8, 1986
Critic Score
60
1 review

191.

Bronski Beat - The Age of Consent
October 15, 1984
Critic Score
81
2 reviews

190.

Ini Kamoze - Ini Kamoze
January 1, 1984
Critic Score
100
1 review

188.

Yoko Ono - Season of Glass
June 8, 1981
Critic Score
82
3 reviews

187.

Tom Tom Club - Tom Tom Club
June 23, 1981
Critic Score
80
1 review

186.

Paul McCartney - McCartney II
May 16, 1980
Critic Score
71
6 reviews

185.

Too $hort - Life is...Too Short
January 31, 1989
Critic Score
100
1 review

184.

Change - The Glow of Love
May 16, 1980
Critic Score
90
1 review

183.

The B-52's - Wild Planet
September 27, 1980
Critic Score
95
2 reviews

182.

ABBA - The Visitors
November 30, 1981
Critic Score
60
2 reviews

181.

Nuno Canavarro - Plux Quba
August 24, 1988
Critic Score
60
1 review

180.

808 State - Ninety
December 4, 1989
Critic Score
90
1 review

178.

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

177.

Queen Latifah - All Hail the Queen
November 1, 1989
Critic Score
90
1 review

175.

Godflesh - Streetcleaner
November 13, 1989
Critic Score
91
3 reviews

174.

Ornette Coleman - In All Languages
February 1, 1987
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

173.

Tina Turner - Private Dancer
May 29, 1984
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

172.

Duran Duran - Rio
May 10, 1982
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

171.

Scritti Politti - Cupid & Psyche 85
June 10, 1985
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

170.

Yellowman - Mister Yellowman
January 15, 1982
Critic Score
90
1 review

169.

The Faith / Void - Faith/Void Split LP
September 10, 1982
Critic Score
80
1 review

166.

Ice-T - Rhyme Pays
November 4, 1987
Critic Score
70
1 review

162.

King Sunny Adé and His African Beats - Syncro System
January 1, 1983
Critic Score
50
1 review

158.

Judas Priest - British Steel
April 14, 1980
Critic Score
73
3 reviews

157.

MC Lyte - Lyte as a Rock
September 13, 1988
Critic Score
90
1 review

156.

Stevie Wonder - Hotter Than July
September 29, 1980
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

154.

LL Cool J - Radio
November 18, 1985
Critic Score
100
1 review

151.

The Clean - Compilation
Critic Score
90
1 review
Original Source: https://pitchfork.com/features/lists-and-guides/the-200-best-albums-of-the-1980s/
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1y
#3 "Straight Outta Compton" must be a joke. It's not a bad album, but it has aged badly and some of the tracks are crap. The first poll from 2002 was way better. This time Pitchfork bowed to blind nostalgia and forced diversity.
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