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The Best Rock Albums of the 1980s by User Score

1.

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

2.

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

3.

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

4.

Pixies - Doolittle
April 18th, 1989
USER SCORE
89
1000 reviews

5.

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

6.

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

7.

The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
March 13th, 1989
USER SCORE
88
566 reviews

8.

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

9.

Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones
September 1st, 1983
USER SCORE
86
211 reviews

10.

The Replacements - Let It Be
October 2nd, 1984
USER SCORE
86
277 reviews

11.

R.E.M. - Murmur
April 12th, 1983
USER SCORE
86
314 reviews

12.

Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska
September 30th, 1982
USER SCORE
86
180 reviews

13.

Pixies - Surfer Rosa
March 21st, 1988
USER SCORE
86
585 reviews

14.

The Replacements - Tim
October 1st, 1985
USER SCORE
86
139 reviews

15.

Dinosaur Jr. - You're Living All Over Me
December 14th, 1987
USER SCORE
85
238 reviews

16.

The Replacements - Pleased to Meet Me
July 7th, 1987
USER SCORE
85
83 reviews

17.

Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A.
June 4th, 1984
USER SCORE
85
263 reviews

18.

This Heat - Deceit
January 1st, 1981
USER SCORE
85
160 reviews

19.

Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
April 1st, 1983
USER SCORE
85
305 reviews

21.

The Cure - Pornography
May 3rd, 1982
USER SCORE
85
397 reviews

22.

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

24.

R.E.M. - Reckoning
April 9th, 1984
USER SCORE
84
158 reviews

25.

Siouxsie and the Banshees - Tinderbox
April 22nd, 1986
USER SCORE
84
39 reviews
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