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The Best Pop Albums of the 1980s by User Score

1.

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

2.

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

3.

David Bowie - Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)
September 12th, 1980
USER SCORE
85
437 reviews

4.

Madonna - Like a Prayer
March 21st, 1989
USER SCORE
85
373 reviews

5.

Grace Jones - Nightclubbing
May 11th, 1981
USER SCORE
84
128 reviews

6.

Janet Jackson - Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814
September 19th, 1989
USER SCORE
84
169 reviews

7.

Prefab Sprout - Steve McQueen
June 1st, 1985
USER SCORE
83
80 reviews

8.

XTC - Black Sea
September 12th, 1980
USER SCORE
83
55 reviews

10.

Michael Jackson - Bad
August 31st, 1987
USER SCORE
83
395 reviews

11.

Rita Lee - Rita Lee
September 25th, 1980
USER SCORE
83
33 reviews

12.

Cher - Heart of Stone
June 19th, 1989
USER SCORE
82
33 reviews

13.

Roxy Music - Avalon
May 28th, 1982
USER SCORE
82
68 reviews

14.

Grace Jones - Slave to the Rhythm
October 28th, 1985
USER SCORE
82
36 reviews

15.

Peter Gabriel - So
May 19th, 1986
USER SCORE
82
107 reviews

16.

Janet Jackson - Control
February 2nd, 1986
USER SCORE
82
149 reviews

17.

Electric Light Orchestra - Time
July 1st, 1981
USER SCORE
82
37 reviews

18.

Steely Dan - Gaucho
November 21st, 1980
USER SCORE
82
54 reviews

19.

Tina Turner - Private Dancer
May 29th, 1984
USER SCORE
82
30 reviews

20.

Sinéad O'Connor - The Lion and the Cobra
November 4th, 1987
USER SCORE
81
40 reviews

21.

Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love
October 9th, 1987
USER SCORE
81
77 reviews

22.

Prince - Controversy
October 14th, 1981
USER SCORE
81
117 reviews

23.

Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever
April 24th, 1989
USER SCORE
81
36 reviews

24.

Dire Straits - Love Over Gold
September 20th, 1982
USER SCORE
81
52 reviews

25.

INXS - Kick
October 19th, 1987
USER SCORE
80
54 reviews
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