Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of the 1980s

Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of the 1980s

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98.

UB40 - Labour of Love
September 1, 1983
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

97.

Graham Parker - The Mona Lisa's Sister
April 1, 1988
Critic Score
65
2 reviews

96.

Culture Club - Colour by Numbers
October 10, 1983
Critic Score
83
3 reviews

92.

Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever
April 24, 1989
Critic Score
80
5 reviews

91.

Lyle Lovett - Lyle Lovett
January 1, 1986
Critic Score
100
1 review

88.

Jackson Browne - Lives in the Balance
February 18, 1986
Critic Score
70
2 reviews

87.

Rolling Stones - Steel Wheels
August 29, 1989
Critic Score
77
3 reviews

86.

Bruce Springsteen - The River
October 17, 1980
Critic Score
93
4 reviews

83.

David Bowie - Let's Dance
April 14, 1983
Critic Score
75
3 reviews

82.

Squeeze - East Side Story
May 15, 1981
Critic Score
93
3 reviews

81.

Van Halen - 1984
January 9, 1984
Critic Score
87
3 reviews

80.

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

78.

The Human League - Dare!
October 16, 1981
Critic Score
93
4 reviews

77.

Robbie Robertson - Robbie Robertson
October 27, 1987
Critic Score
70
2 reviews

76.

Public Image Ltd. - Second Edition
January 1, 1979
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

74.

Prince - Sign O' the Times
March 31, 1987
Critic Score
100
8 reviews
Both discs are heavy with songs about hot sex ("Slow Love," "Hot Thing"), but those songs are outweighed by the towering ballads about love and commitment. "Adore" remains one of the greatest love songs of all time and continues to make women weak and wet with its opening promise: "Until the end of time, I'll be there for you." Even in a world so hopeless, Prince seems to say, love can conquer all.

73.

Don Henley - Building The Perfect Beast
November 19, 1984
Critic Score
83
3 reviews

71.

Crowded House - Crowded House
June 1, 1986
Critic Score
65
2 reviews

69.

LL Cool J - Radio
November 18, 1985
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

68.

The Specials - The Specials
October 10, 1979
Critic Score
88
3 reviews

66.

The Neville Brothers - Fiyo on the Bayou
April 1, 1981
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

65.

10,000 Maniacs - In My Tribe
July 27, 1987
Critic Score
90
1 review

63.

Gang of Four - Entertainment!
September 25, 1979
Critic Score
93
3 reviews

62.

Def Leppard - Pyromania
January 20, 1983
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

Def Leppard may not be highly original, but they mean what they play, and Pyromania puts some much-needed fire back on the radio.

60.

Lou Reed - The Blue Mask
February 23, 1982
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

59.

George Clinton - Computer Games
November 5, 1982
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

57.

Pete Townshend - Empty Glass
April 21, 1980
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

56.

Joy Division - Closer
July 18, 1980
Critic Score
93
3 reviews

The music of Joy Division — an art-minded English postpunk band that initially struck reviewers as a tuneful version of PiL — sets forth an even more indelible vision of gloom. In fact, it's a vision so steeped in deathly fixations that it proved fatal.

55.

John Fogerty - Centerfield
January 15, 1985
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

54.

Talking Heads - Speaking in Tongues
June 1, 1983
Critic Score
85
5 reviews

Imbued with an adventurous spirit that’s as close to Television’s Marquee Moon as it is to Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Grand Master Flash’s “The Message” and Nigerian high-life music, Speaking in Tongues gives new meaning to the word crossover.

52.

Dire Straits - Making Movies
October 17, 1980
Critic Score
86
3 reviews
Original Source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/100-best-albums-of-the-eighties-20110418
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4mo
Someone needs to introduce Marillion to Rolling Stone magazine.
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