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The Highest Rated Albums of the 1980s

1. Prince - Sign "O" the Times

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

2. Paul Simon - Graceland

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

3. Pixies - Doolittle

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

5. The Replacements - Let It Be

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

6. The Smiths - The Queen is Dead

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

7. Pretenders - Pretenders

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

8. Metallica - Ride the Lightning

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

10. The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta

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

11. EPMD - Strictly Business

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

12. The Go-Betweens - 16 Lovers Lane

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

15. XTC - Skylarking

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

16. Hüsker Dü - New Day Rising

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

17. Tom Waits - Rain Dogs

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

18. Sonic Youth - Sister

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

19. Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love

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

20. Prince - Dirty Mind

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

21. Talking Heads - Remain in Light

Talking Heads - Remain in Light
October 8, 1980
Critic Score
98
5 reviews

22. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy

The Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy
November 1, 1985
Critic Score
98
2 reviews

23. Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden

Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden
September 16, 1988
Critic Score
98
4 reviews

24. U2 - The Joshua Tree

U2 - The Joshua Tree
March 9, 1987
Critic Score
97
6 reviews
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