Pitchfork's Top 100 Albums of the 1980s

Pitchfork's Top 100 Albums of the 1980s

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100.

Minor Threat - Out of Step
April 0, 1983
Critic Score
90
1 review

99.

Gang of Four - Songs of the Free
January 1, 1982
Critic Score
70
2 reviews

98.

Cocteau Twins - Treasure
November 1, 1984
Critic Score
90
1 review

97.

Mekons - The Mekons Rock 'n' Roll
September 1, 1989
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

95.

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

92.

Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
September 16, 1985
Critic Score
97
3 reviews
With her self-produced fifth album, Kate Bush became a total auteur, embracing the possibilities of digital sampling synthesizers and creating a perfect marriage of technique and exploration.

91.

X - Los Angeles
April 1, 1980
Critic Score
100
1 review

89.

Boredoms - Soul Discharge
December 1, 1989
Critic Score
90
1 review

88.

Spacemen 3 - Playing With Fire
February 27, 1989
Critic Score
90
1 review

87.

Prince - Dirty Mind
October 8, 1980
Critic Score
99
6 reviews

86.

The Police - Ghost in the Machine
October 2, 1981
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

85.

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

84.

ESG - Come Away with ESG
January 1, 1983
Critic Score
85
3 reviews

82.

The Fall - Perverted by Language
December 12, 1983
Critic Score
80
1 review

81.

Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll
September 19, 1988
Critic Score
81
3 reviews

80.

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

79.

Manuel Göttsching - E2-E4
January 1, 1984
Critic Score
96
2 reviews

78.

They Might Be Giants - Lincoln
September 25, 1988
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

76.

The dB's - Stands for Decibels
January 1, 1981
Critic Score
90
1 review

74.

Mekons - Fear and Whiskey
June 1, 1985
Critic Score
94
2 reviews

73.

Coil - Horse Rotorvator
Critic Score
100
1 review

70.

Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Trust
January 23, 1981
Critic Score
93
3 reviews

69.

The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms
April 1, 1980
Critic Score
96
2 reviews

68.

Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
September 1, 1984
Critic Score
85
4 reviews

67.

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

66.

The Dukes Of Stratosphear - Psonic Psunspot
August 1, 1987
Critic Score
82
2 reviews

63.

Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth
February 1, 1980
Critic Score
91
9 reviews

62.

R.E.M. - Reckoning
April 9, 1984
Critic Score
91
4 reviews

61.

Nurse with Wound - Homotopy to Marie
January 1, 1982
Critic Score
78
2 reviews

60.

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

57.

Pixies - Come on Pilgrim
September 28, 1987
Critic Score
84
3 reviews

56.

King Crimson - Discipline
September 22, 1981
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

55.

The Police - Synchronicity
June 1, 1983
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

54.

Big Black - Songs About Fucking
January 1, 1987
Critic Score
90
1 review

52.

Eric B. & Rakim - Paid in Full
July 7, 1987
Critic Score
93
3 reviews

51.

Leonard Cohen - I'm Your Man
February 2, 1988
Critic Score
89
4 reviews
Original Source: https://pitchfork.com/features/lists-and-guides/the-top-100-albums-of-the-1980s/
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