alicore's Top 200 Albums of the 1980s

DISCLAIMER: It should be noted that these ordered lists reflect my listening habits and personal connection with some albums in addition to the ratings I've given them, as well as that my ratings for older releases tend to be affected by legacy & influence in addition to my personal enjoyment. Some releases with very high scores place below others with comparatively low scores as such, and some albums are completely left off in favor of having a more diverse mix of artists or due to other personal reasons.

Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
1.
100
Favorite tracks: "Teen Age Riot", "Trilogy", "The Sprawl", "Silver Rocket", "Candle", "'Cross the Breeze"
Talking Heads - Remain in Light
2.
100
Favorite tracks: "Once in a Lifetime", "Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)", "Seen and Not Seen", "Crosseyed and Painless", "The Great Curve"
Galaxie 500 - On Fire
3.
100
Favorite tracks: "Strange", "Blue Thunder", "Decomposing Trees", "Another Day", "Tell Me"
Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
4.
100
Favorite tracks: "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)", "Cloudbusting", "Hounds of Love", "Waking the Witch", "The Jig of Life", "The Big Sky"
The Cure - Disintegration
5.
100
Favorite tracks: "Pictures of You", "Lovesong", "Lullaby", "Prayers for Rain", "Last Dance"
Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain
6.
100
Favorite tracks: "Purple Rain", "When Doves Cry", "Take Me With U", "Darling Nikki", "Let's Go Crazy"
New Order - Power, Corruption & Lies
7.
100
Favorite tracks: "Age of Consent", "5-8-6", "Your Silent Face", "The Village", "Ecstacy"
The Replacements - Let It Be
8.
100
Favorite tracks: "Favorite Thing", "I Will Dare", "We're Coming Out", "Unsatisfied", "Androgynous"
Pixies - Doolittle
9.
100
Favorite tracks: "Here Comes Your Man", "Debaser", "Monkey Gone to Heaven", "Hey", "Wave of Mutilation"
Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
10.
100
Favorite tracks: "Rebel Without a Pause", "Bring the Noise", "Prophets of Rage", "Louder Than a Bomb", "She Watch Channel Zero?!"
Joy Division - Closer
11.
100
Favorite tracks: "Heart and Soul", "Atrocity Exhibition", "Twenty Four Hours", "Decades"
Felt - Crumbling the Antiseptic Beauty
12.
100
Favorite tracks: "Evergreen Dazed", "Templeroy", "Birdmen", "I Worship the Sun"
Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
13.
100
Favorite tracks: "Blister in the Sun", "Prove My Love", "Kiss Off", "Add It Up"
Metallica - Ride the Lightning
14.
100
Favorite tracks: "Fade to Black", "For Whom the Bell Tolls", "Creeping Death", "Ride the Lightning"
Pixies - Surfer Rosa
15.
100
Favorite tracks: "Where Is My Mind", "Gigantic", "Brick Is Red", "Tony's Theme", "Break My Bones"
Kraftwerk - Computer World
16.
100
Favorite tracks: "Computer Love", "Computer World", "Pocket Calculator", "Home Computer"
Cocteau Twins - Treasure
17.
100
Favorite tracks: "Lorelei", "Aemlia", "Ivo", "Otterley", "Donimo"
Prince - 1999
18.
100
Favorite tracks: "Little Red Corvette", "D.S.M.R.", "1999", "Let's Pretend We're Married"
The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace
19.
100
Favorite tracks: "Barmy", "Bombast", "Paint Work", "Gut of the Quantifier"
Flipper - Album - Generic Flipper
20.
100
Favorite tracks: "Sex Bomb", "Nothing", "She No Tears", "Way of the World"
Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime
21.
100
Favorite tracks: "This Ain't No Picnic", "History Lesson, Pt. 2", "", "Jesus and Tequila", "Viet Nam", "Doctor Wu"
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy
22.
100
Favorite tracks: "Just Like Honey", "The Living End", "Sowing Seeds", "Some Candy Talking"
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
23.
100
Favorite tracks: "I Wanna Be Adored", "Waterfall", "This is the One", "Made of Stone"
Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
24.
100
Favorite tracks: "Downtown Train", "Clap Hands", "Hang Down Your Head", "Gun Street Girl"
Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
25.
100
Favorite tracks: "Solitude", "Demons Gate", "Under the Oak"
XTC - Skylarking
26.
100
Favorite tracks: "Dear God", "The Meeting Place", "Big Day", "Ballet for a Rainy Day"
Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade
27.
100
Favorite tracks: "Pink Turns to Blue", "Chartered Trips", "Turn on the News", "Somewhere"
Metallica - Master of Puppets
28.
100
Favorite tracks: "Master of Puppets", "Orion", "Battery", "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"
The Smiths - The Queen is Dead
29.
100
Favorite tracks: "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out", "Cemetry Gates", "Bigmouth Strikes Again", "The Boy With the Thorn in His Side"
Bruce Springsteen - The River
30.
98
Favorite tracks: "The River", "Independence Day", "Two Hearts", "Out in the Street", "Stolen Car"
Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman
31.
100
Favorite tracks: "Fast Car", "Talkin' Bout a Revolution", "Across the Lines", "Baby Can I Hold You"
Sonic Youth - Sister
32.
97
Favorite tracks: "Schizophrenia", "Stereo Sanctity", "Hot Wire My Heart", "Pipeline/Kill Time"
Prince - Sign "O" the Times
33.
100
Favorite tracks: "Sign o' the Times", "Slow Love", "Adore", "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man"
Virgo Four - Virgo
34.
100
Favorite tracks: "In a Vision", "Ride", "Take Me Higher", "Never Want to Lose You"
Spacemen 3 - Playing With Fire
35.
97
Favorite tracks: "Suicide", "Come Down Softly to My Soul", "Honey", "Let Me Down Gently"
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Tinderbox
36.
96
Favorite tracks: "Cities in Dust", "Cannons", "92 Degrees", "Candyman", "This Unrest"
Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
37.
96
Favorite tracks: "Holiday in Cambodia", "Chemical Warfare", "Forward to Death", "California Uber Alles"
Meat Puppets - Meat Puppets II
38.
98
Favorite tracks: "Lost", "Split Myself In Two", "Aurora Borealis", "Oh, Me"
808 State - Newbuild
39.
97
Favorite tracks: "E Talk", "Narcossa", "Flow Coma", "Headhunters"
X - Los Angeles
40.
96
Favorite tracks: "Your Phone's Off the Hook, But You're Not", "Johnny Hit and Run Pauline", "The Unheard Music", "Los Angeles"
Scientist - Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires
41.
95
Favorite tracks: "Dance of the Vampires", "Voodoo Curse", "Cry of the Werewolf", "Night of the Living Dead"
Madonna - Like a Prayer
42.
95
Favorite tracks: "Like a Prayer", "Till Death Do Us Part", "Express Yourself", "Keep It Together"
Art of Noise - Who's Afraid of the Art of Noise?
43.
98
Favorite tracks: "Moments In Love", "Close (To the Edit)", "Realisation", "Beat Box (Diversion 1)"
Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll
44.
96
Favorite tracks: "Carolyn's Fingers", "Blue Bell Knoll", "Cico Bluff", "Suckling the Mender", "The Itchy Glowbo Blow"
Mission of Burma - Vs.
45.
96
Favorite tracks: "New Nails", "Weatherbox", "Einstein's Day", "Trem Two"
Dead Can Dance - Spleen and Ideal
46.
97
Favorite tracks: "Mesmerism", "Advent", "Avatar", "Circumradiant Dawn"
This Heat - Deceit
47.
96
Favorite tracks: "A New Kind of Water", "Makeshift Swahili", "Paper Hats", "Cenotaph", "S.P.Q.R."
De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
48.
93
Favorite tracks: "The Magic Number", "Eye Know", "Me Myself and I", "Plug Tunin' (Last Chance to Comprehend)"
The Cure - Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
49.
95
Favorite tracks: "Just Like Heaven", "Fight", "Torture", "All I Want", "The Kiss", "If Only Tonight We Could Sleep"
Manuel Göttsching - E2-E4
50.
95
Favorite tracks: N/A
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