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The Best Alternative Rock Albums of the 1980s by User Score

1. Pixies - Doolittle

Pixies - Doolittle
April 18th, 1989
USER SCORE
90
690 reviews

2. The Cure - Disintegration

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

3. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses

The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
March 13th, 1989
USER SCORE
89
388 reviews

4. Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation

Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
October 1st, 1988
USER SCORE
89
465 reviews

5. The Replacements - Let It Be

The Replacements - Let It Be
October 2nd, 1984
USER SCORE
89
194 reviews

6. The Replacements - Tim

The Replacements - Tim
October 1st, 1985
USER SCORE
88
95 reviews

7. Pixies - Surfer Rosa

Pixies - Surfer Rosa
March 21st, 1988
USER SCORE
87
421 reviews

8. R.E.M. - Murmur

R.E.M. - Murmur
April 12th, 1983
USER SCORE
87
213 reviews

9. Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes

Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
April 1st, 1983
USER SCORE
87
197 reviews

10. The Replacements - Pleased to Meet Me

The Replacements - Pleased to Meet Me
July 7th, 1987
USER SCORE
87
58 reviews

11. Dinosaur Jr. - You're Living All Over Me

Dinosaur Jr. - You're Living All Over Me
December 14th, 1987
USER SCORE
87
147 reviews

12. Sonic Youth - Sister

Sonic Youth - Sister
June 1st, 1987
USER SCORE
87
182 reviews

13. Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking

Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking
August 23rd, 1988
USER SCORE
85
46 reviews

14. R.E.M. - Reckoning

R.E.M. - Reckoning
April 9th, 1984
USER SCORE
85
113 reviews

15. Hüsker Dü - New Day Rising

Hüsker Dü - New Day Rising
January 1st, 1985
USER SCORE
85
68 reviews

16. Sonic Youth - EVOL

Sonic Youth - EVOL
May 1st, 1986
USER SCORE
85
153 reviews

17. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Darklands

The Jesus and Mary Chain - Darklands
October 18th, 1987
USER SCORE
84
81 reviews

18. R.E.M. - Document

R.E.M. - Document
September 1st, 1987
USER SCORE
84
100 reviews

19. Pixies - Come on Pilgrim

Pixies - Come on Pilgrim
September 28th, 1987
USER SCORE
84
85 reviews

20. The Cure - The Head on the Door

The Cure - The Head on the Door
August 26th, 1985
USER SCORE
83
160 reviews

21. Hüsker Dü - Flip Your Wig

Hüsker Dü - Flip Your Wig
September 1st, 1985
USER SCORE
83
32 reviews

22. The Smiths - Strangeways, Here We Come

The Smiths - Strangeways, Here We Come
September 28th, 1987
USER SCORE
83
245 reviews

23. Dinosaur Jr. - Bug

Dinosaur Jr. - Bug
October 31st, 1988
USER SCORE
82
60 reviews

24. The Cure - Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me

The Cure - Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
May 25th, 1987
USER SCORE
82
144 reviews

25. Meat Puppets - Meat Puppets II

Meat Puppets - Meat Puppets II
April 1st, 1984
USER SCORE
82
37 reviews
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