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The Highest Rated Albums of the 1980s

1.

Prince - Sign
March 31, 1987
Critic Score
100
7 reviews

2.

Pixies - Doolittle
April 18, 1989
Critic Score
100
6 reviews

3.

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

4.

Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden
September 16, 1988
Critic Score
100
4 reviews

5.

The Replacements - Let It Be
October 2, 1984
Critic Score
100
4 reviews

6.

The Smiths - The Queen is Dead
June 16, 1986
Critic Score
100
4 reviews

7.

Pretenders - Pretenders
January 11, 1980
Critic Score
100
3 reviews

8.

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

9.

Metallica - Ride the Lightning
July 27, 1984
Critic Score
100
3 reviews

11.

Luther Vandross - Never Too Much
August 12, 1981
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

12.

The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta
October 3, 1980
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

13.

EPMD - Strictly Business
August 30, 1988
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

14.

The Go-Betweens - 16 Lovers Lane
August 1, 1988
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

18.

Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
September 30, 1985
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

19.

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

20.

Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love
October 9, 1987
Critic Score
99
4 reviews

21.

The Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy
November 18, 1985
Critic Score
99
3 reviews

22.

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

23.

XTC - Skylarking
October 27, 1986
Critic Score
98
3 reviews

24.

Metallica - Master of Puppets
March 3, 1986
Critic Score
98
4 reviews

25.

Talking Heads - Remain in Light
October 8, 1980
Critic Score
97
7 reviews
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