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The Best Rock Albums of the 1980s by User Score

1. Pixies - Doolittle

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

2. The Cure - Disintegration

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

3. Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain

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

4. Tom Waits - Rain Dogs

Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
September 30th, 1985
USER SCORE
90
269 reviews

5. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses

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

6. Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation

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

7. The Replacements - Let It Be

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

8. Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones

Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones
September 1st, 1983
USER SCORE
88
135 reviews

9. Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden

Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden
September 16th, 1988
USER SCORE
88
220 reviews

10. Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska

Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska
September 30th, 1982
USER SCORE
88
133 reviews

11. The Replacements - Tim

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

12. XTC - Black Sea

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

13. R.E.M. - Murmur

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

14. The Replacements - Pleased to Meet Me

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

15. Pixies - Surfer Rosa

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

16. This Heat - Deceit

This Heat - Deceit
January 1st, 1981
USER SCORE
87
87 reviews

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

Dinosaur Jr. - You're Living All Over Me
December 14th, 1987
USER SCORE
86
155 reviews

18. Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes

Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
April 1st, 1983
USER SCORE
86
218 reviews

19. Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A.

Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A.
June 4th, 1984
USER SCORE
86
180 reviews

20. Sonic Youth - Sister

Sonic Youth - Sister
June 1st, 1987
USER SCORE
86
198 reviews

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

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

23. R.E.M. - Reckoning

R.E.M. - Reckoning
April 9th, 1984
USER SCORE
86
116 reviews

24. Bruce Springsteen - The River

Bruce Springsteen - The River
October 17th, 1980
USER SCORE
85
90 reviews
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