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Best Albums of the 1980s by User Score

1.

Talking Heads - Remain in Light
October 8th, 1980
USER SCORE
91
1249 reviews

2.

Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
September 16th, 1985
USER SCORE
91
1001 reviews

3.

The Smiths - The Queen is Dead
June 16th, 1986
USER SCORE
90
1231 reviews

4.

The Cure - Disintegration
May 2nd, 1989
USER SCORE
90
842 reviews

5.

Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain
June 25th, 1984
USER SCORE
90
659 reviews

6.

Joy Division - Closer
July 18th, 1980
USER SCORE
90
881 reviews

7.

Prince - Sign
March 31st, 1987
USER SCORE
89
362 reviews

8.

Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
September 1st, 1984
USER SCORE
88
132 reviews

9.

Pixies - Doolittle
April 18th, 1989
USER SCORE
88
1037 reviews

10.

Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
October 1st, 1988
USER SCORE
88
696 reviews

11.

Kate Bush - The Dreaming
September 13th, 1982
USER SCORE
88
428 reviews

12.

Michael Jackson - Thriller
November 30th, 1982
USER SCORE
88
940 reviews

13.

Metallica - Ride the Lightning
July 27th, 1984
USER SCORE
88
662 reviews

15.

Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
September 30th, 1985
USER SCORE
88
442 reviews

16.

Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden
September 16th, 1988
USER SCORE
87
396 reviews

17.

Philip Glass - Glassworks
January 1st, 1982
USER SCORE
87
129 reviews

18.

Metallica - Master of Puppets
March 3rd, 1986
USER SCORE
87
723 reviews

21.

Soda Stereo - Signos
November 10th, 1986
USER SCORE
87
28 reviews

22.

Prince - 1999
October 27th, 1982
USER SCORE
87
272 reviews

23.

Brian Eno - Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks
January 1st, 1983
USER SCORE
87
179 reviews

24.

Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
July 25th, 1989
USER SCORE
86
451 reviews
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