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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

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

99. Gang of Four - Songs of the Free

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

98. Cocteau Twins - Treasure

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

97. Mekons - The Mekons Rock 'n' Roll

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

95. Duran Duran - Rio

Duran Duran - Rio
May 10, 1982
Critic Score
90
1 review

92. Kate Bush - Hounds of Love

Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
September 16, 1985
Critic Score
95
2 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

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

89. Boredoms - Soul Discharge

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

88. Spacemen 3 - Playing With Fire

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

87. Prince - Dirty Mind

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

86. The Police - Ghost in the Machine

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

85. Paul Simon - Graceland

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

84. ESG - Come Away with ESG

ESG - Come Away with ESG
January 1, 1983
Critic Score
87
2 reviews

82. The Fall - Perverted by Language

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

81. Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll

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

80. Hüsker Dü - New Day Rising

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

79. Manuel Göttsching - E2-E4

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

78. They Might Be Giants - Lincoln

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

76. The dB's - Stands for Decibels

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

74. Mekons - Fear and Whiskey

Mekons - Fear and Whiskey
June 1, 1985
Critic Score
90
1 review

73. Coil - Horse Rotorvator

Coil - Horse Rotorvator
Critic Score
100
1 review

70. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Trust

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

69. The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms

The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms
April 1, 1980
Critic Score
100
1 review

68. Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense

Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
September 1, 1984
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

67. The Pogues - Rum Sodomy & the Lash

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

66. The Dukes Of Stratosphear - Psonic Psunspot

The Dukes Of Stratosphear - Psonic Psunspot
August 1, 1987
Critic Score
80
1 review

63. Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth

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

62. R.E.M. - Reckoning

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

61. Nurse with Wound - Homotopy to Marie

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

60. Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska

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

57. Pixies - Come on Pilgrim

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

56. King Crimson - Discipline

King Crimson - Discipline
September 22, 1981
Critic Score
90
1 review

55. The Police - Synchronicity

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

54. Big Black - Songs About Fucking

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

52. Eric B. & Rakim - Paid in Full

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

51. Leonard Cohen - I'm Your Man

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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