Slant Magazine's 100 Best Albums of the 1980s

Slant Magazine's 100 Best Albums of the 1980s

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98. X - Los Angeles

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

97. George Clinton - Computer Games

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

94. U2 - War

U2 - War
February 28, 1983
Critic Score
90
6 reviews

93. The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace

The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace
September 23, 1985
Critic Score
99
4 reviews

88. Pet Shop Boys - Actually

Pet Shop Boys - Actually
September 7, 1987
Critic Score
88
2 reviews

87. Tom Tom Club - Tom Tom Club

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

86. The Human League - Dare!

The Human League - Dare!
October 16, 1981
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

85. The Clash - Sandinista!

The Clash - Sandinista!
December 12, 1980
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

82. Sonic Youth - EVOL

Sonic Youth - EVOL
May 1, 1986
Critic Score
90
4 reviews

81. R.E.M. - Reckoning

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

80. The Clash - Combat Rock

The Clash - Combat Rock
May 14, 1982
Critic Score
63
3 reviews

79. The Cure - Pornography

The Cure - Pornography
May 3, 1982
Critic Score
71
3 reviews

78. Bangles - Different Light

Bangles - Different Light
January 1, 1986
Critic Score
70
2 reviews

75. Depeche Mode - Music for the Masses

Depeche Mode - Music for the Masses
September 28, 1987
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

74. Cocteau Twins - Treasure

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

72. Sonic Youth - Sister

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

71. Kate Bush - The Dreaming

Kate Bush - The Dreaming
September 13, 1982
Critic Score
70
1 review

70. Lou Reed - New York

Lou Reed - New York
January 10, 1989
Critic Score
88
3 reviews

67. XTC - Skylarking

XTC - Skylarking
October 27, 1986
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

66. The Replacements - Tim

The Replacements - Tim
October 1, 1985
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

65. Run-D.M.C. - Raising Hell

Run-D.M.C. - Raising Hell
May 15, 1986
Critic Score
86
3 reviews

64. Pretenders - Pretenders

Pretenders - Pretenders
December 27, 1979
Critic Score
100
3 reviews

63. Tina Turner - Private Dancer

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

62. George Michael - Faith

George Michael - Faith
October 30, 1987
Critic Score
87
3 reviews

61. Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense

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

60. Madonna - True Blue

Madonna - True Blue
June 30, 1986
Critic Score
79
3 reviews

Time stamped with '80s-era keyboard and drum synths, True Blue, though chockfull of hits, is the most dated of Madonna's albums.

57. Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska

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

56. Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden

Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden
September 16, 1988
Critic Score
86
4 reviews

55. Kate Bush - The Sensual World

Kate Bush - The Sensual World
October 16, 1989
Critic Score
90
1 review

54. 808 State - Ninety

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

53. Prince - Dirty Mind

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

51. The Smiths - The Smiths

The Smiths - The Smiths
February 20, 1984
Critic Score
90
4 reviews
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