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The Best Pop Albums of the 1980s by User Score

1. Michael Jackson - Thriller

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

2. XTC - Black Sea

XTC - Black Sea
September 12th, 1980
USER SCORE
87
29 reviews

3. Janet Jackson - Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814

Janet Jackson - Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814
September 19th, 1989
USER SCORE
87
110 reviews

4. David Bowie - Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)

David Bowie - Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)
September 12th, 1980
USER SCORE
86
304 reviews

5. Madonna - Like a Prayer

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

6. Janet Jackson - Control

Janet Jackson - Control
February 2nd, 1986
USER SCORE
85
99 reviews

7. Grace Jones - Nightclubbing

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

8. Prefab Sprout - Steve McQueen

Prefab Sprout - Steve McQueen
June 1st, 1985
USER SCORE
84
51 reviews

9. Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual

Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual
October 14th, 1983
USER SCORE
84
66 reviews

10. Michael Jackson - Bad

Michael Jackson - Bad
August 31st, 1987
USER SCORE
84
255 reviews

11. Peter Gabriel - So

Peter Gabriel - So
May 19th, 1986
USER SCORE
83
73 reviews

12. Roxy Music - Avalon

Roxy Music - Avalon
May 28th, 1982
USER SCORE
83
43 reviews

14. Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love

Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love
October 9th, 1987
USER SCORE
83
56 reviews

15. Prince & The Revolution - Around the World in a Day

Prince & The Revolution - Around the World in a Day
April 22nd, 1985
USER SCORE
82
64 reviews

16. Prince - Controversy

Prince - Controversy
October 14th, 1981
USER SCORE
82
80 reviews

17. Grace Jones - Slave to the Rhythm

Grace Jones - Slave to the Rhythm
October 28th, 1985
USER SCORE
81
30 reviews

18. Prince - Lovesexy

Prince - Lovesexy
May 10th, 1988
USER SCORE
81
52 reviews

19. Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston
February 14th, 1985
USER SCORE
81
44 reviews

20. Fleetwood Mac - Tango In The Night

Fleetwood Mac - Tango In The Night
April 13th, 1987
USER SCORE
81
73 reviews

21. Madonna - True Blue

Madonna - True Blue
June 30th, 1986
USER SCORE
80
255 reviews

22. George Michael - Faith

George Michael - Faith
October 30th, 1987
USER SCORE
80
55 reviews

23. INXS - Kick

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

24. U2 - The Unforgettable Fire

U2 - The Unforgettable Fire
October 1st, 1984
USER SCORE
80
93 reviews

25. Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever

Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever
April 24th, 1989
USER SCORE
80
25 reviews
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