November 11, 2013

Reblog: The 50 Best Albums of the 1980s...

Since I'm currently traveling in England (!), I thought I'd bring back up a post I did a few years back that yielded a lot of response. My question is this: what are your Top Ten albums of the 80s?  Here we go with mine... 

I am a child of the 80s. It is the period when I came of musical age, so to speak. The pop albums of this era are - I am quite serious - a defining influence on my taste in almost everything.

It so happens that my favorite album of the 1980s is also perhaps the most influential and loved British album of the post-Beatles era. Note that the titles in blue were made in the United Kingdom, so this could be called the beginning of my awakening to my own heritage.

Kate Bush Hounds Of Love 1985 my favorite
Prefab Sprout Two Wheels Good (aka Steve McQueen) 1985
Culture Club Colour By Numbers 1983
Stevie Nicks The Wild Heart 1983
Alison Moyet Alf 1984
Madonna Like A Prayer 1989
Prince Sign O'The Times 1987
Madonna Like A Virgin 1984
Sting Nothing Like The Sun 1987
Prince Purple Rain 1984
Sade Promise 1985

and the remaining 39 gems, in no order:

Eurythmics Savage 1987
Stevie Nicks Bella Donna 1981
Toni Childs Union 1989
Lloyd Cole And The Commotions Mainstream 1987
Bananarama Bananarama 1984
Missing Persons
Rhyme & Reason 1984
Rickie Lee Jones The Magazine 1984
10,000 Maniacs In My Tribe 1987
Kate Bush The Sensual World 1989
REM Lifes Rich Pageant 1986
The Smiths The Queen Is Dead 1986
Sting The Dream Of The Blue Turtles 1985
10000 Maniacs Blind Man's Zoo 1989
Prince Parade 1986
Arcadia So Red The Rose 1986
Duran Duran Rio 1982
Tina Turner Private Dancer 1984
Sinead O'Connor The Lion and The Cobra 1987
Everything But The Girl Idlewild 1988
'Til Tuesday Everything's Different Now 1989
Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation 1989
Danny Wilson Meet Danny Wilson 1987
Depeche Mode Music For The Masses 1987
Elton John Too Low For Zero 1983
U2 The Joshua Tree 1987
The Blue Nile Hats 1989
Morrissey Viva Hate 1987
Soundtrack Pretty In Pink 1986
Suzanne Vega Solitude Standing 1987
Suzanne Vega Suzanne Vega 1985
Cyndi Lauper She's So Unusual 1983
The Style Council Cafe Bleu 1984
ABC The Lexicon Of Love 1982
Neneh Cherry Raw Like Sushi 1989
Dream Academy Dream Academy 1985
Indigo Girls Indigo Girls 1988
Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman 1988
Deacon Blue Raintown 1987
Diana Ross diana 1980

What did I forget?!


Gourmesso espresso pods said...

Great list! Have the majority of them but will make sure to fill the missing gaps soon. Thanks for posting!

Jason @ Electric Avenue said...

Happy England visit BUT, looking at this list again, where are Pet Shop Boys? BLASPHEMY. I could MAYBE understand no Please or Introspective, but Actually too? Come on! No Erasure, Soft Cell/Marc Almond, New Order, The Cure, Siouxsie, Bauhaus/Love & Rockets/Peter Murphy, Echo & the Bunnymen, Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, Bronski Beat/Communards(!), Frankie Goes to Hollywood (one of the 80's best), INXS, Howard Jones, Thomas Dolby, Grace Jones, Scritti Politti, Wham/George Michael, Human League, OMD, Prefab Sprout, The The, Thompson Twins, Yaz, Japan/David Sylvian, Elvis Costello, XTC, the Church, Peter Gabriel, Madness, Tears for Fears, David Bowie, Talking Heads...but you name TWO Madonna albums, neither of which were the debut or True Blue, plus two Sting and no Police...two Stevie Nicks and no Fleetwood Mac (not even Tango in the Night). Shows just how much good music the 80's brought, and there's even more unmentioned! Thanks for namechecking Toni Childs, Jane Siberry, and Neneh Cherry though! Happy UK!

Ray said...

Nothing by Pet Shop Boys? Oh.

Unknown said...

I'm so envious, I wish I was in England right now. :) This is a difficult question, btw, and LOVE your list, here goes:

Duran Duran 'Rio' (my favorite)
Madonna 'Madonna'
Thompson Twins 'Side Kicks'
Go-Go's 'Beauty and The Beat'
Pet Shop Boys 'Please'
Human League 'Dare'
Tears for Fears 'The Hurting'
Depeche Mode 'Some Great Reward'
Duran Duran 'Duran Duran' (1st)
Prince '1999/Purple Rain' :)

...Missing Persons 'Spring Session M', Book Of Love 'Book Of Love', Sade 'Diamond Life' & 'Promise', Dead Or Alive 'Youthquake', Blondie 'Autoamerican', Tina Turner 'Private Dancer', The Cure 'Disintegration' & 'KMKMKM', Billy Idol 'Rebel Yell', Anita Baker 'Rapture', Stevie Nicks 'Wild Heart' & 'Bella Donna', Michael Jackson 'Thriller', Culture Club 'KTBC' & 'CBN', Arcadia 'So Red The Rose', Siouxsie & The Banshees 'Peepshow', Sinead O'Connor 'TL&TC' & 'IDNWWIHG', Go-Go's 'Vacation' & 'Talk Show', Janet Jackson 'Control', Duran Duran 'S&TRT', Bananarama 'Wow', New Order 'Substance' & 'Technique', Diana Ross 'Diana', Thompson Twins 'Into The Gap', ABC 'TLOL', Kajagoogoo 'White Feathers', Simple Minds 'Once Upon A Time', Vanity 6 'Vanity 6' & Appollonia 6 'Appollonia 6', Olivia Newton-John 'Physical', Eurythmics 'SD(AMOT)', Madonna 'Like A Virgin', Spandau Ballet 'True', Grace Jones 'Nightclubbing', Cyndi Lauper 'GJWTHF', Tears For Fears 'SFTBC', etc. etc. ...Sorry, I couldn't stop at ten, and I could go on, but you get the point. :)

disko interruptus said...

Off hand, my favourite 80s albums Include:

Madonna - Madonna
Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics
Kissing to be Clever - Culture Club
Colour by Numbers - Culture Club
True Blue - Madonna
Pleasure Victim - Berlin
Love Life - Berlin
She's So Unusual - Cyndi Lauper
Like A Virgin - Madonna
Into the Gap -Thompson Twins
Youthquake -Dead or Alive
The Hurting -Tears For Fears
True Confessions - Bananarama
Deep Sea Skiving - Bananarama
Rio - Duran Duran
Bear Witness - I'm Talking
Desperate - The Divinyls
Dare - Human League
Please -PSBs
Actually - PSBs
The Circus - Erasure
Drama - Erasure
and pretty much every Kate Bush album!

Raffy said...

Hey there...this is purely off the top of my head, and would surely change if I compiled a top ten albums of the 80's list just an hour from now!
In no order;
Human League - Dare
ABBA - Super Trouper
Propaganda - A Secret Wish
Echo & The Bunnymen - Ocean Rain
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
New Order - Power, Corruption, and Lies
Blondie - AutoAmerican
ABC - The Lexicon of Love
The Smiths - The Queen is Dead
Roxy Music - Avalon

Unknown said...

Oops, I put 'GJWTHF' for Cyndi Lauper's 'She's So Unusual... ...Oh yes, Roxy Music 'Avalon' and Berlin 'Pleasure Victim'. This could go on all day. Mr. Sears, look what you've started. :)

disko interruptus said...

It could go on all day!

Kings Of The Wild Frontier - Adam & The Ants
Avalon - Roxy Music
Touch - Eurythmics
True Blue - Madonna
True Colors - Cyndi Lauper
Luxury Gap - Heaven 17
What a Feelin' - Irene Cara
Parade - Prince
Shrine - D C Lee
Rockbird - Debbie Harry
Oil and Gold - Shriekback
Despite Straight Lines - Marilyn
The Swing - INXS
Autumnal Park - Pseudo Echo
Out Of Mind Out Of Sight - Models
Count Three and Pray - Berlin
Be Yourself Tonight - Eurythmics
I Want Candy - Bow Wow Wow

And, of course, the late 80s happened...

Club Classics Volume One - Soul II Soul
Paradise - Inner City

Anonymous said...

or are your old ears filled with whatever would be too gross to mention ?


you've officially lost all credibility. you re doomed,lost and no longer welcome to Britain sir.


xolondon said...

Just back from England. Regarding Pet Shop Boys, in the 80's I was more song focused with them. My fave full record is Very, so that's the 90's.

As for Anon: seriously? There are two things I don't like: 1) anon comments with snark 2) being called old. Which, of course, is ultimately a good thing. And certainly better than being tired. #smh

disko interruptus said...

Good thing Anon didn't create a blockade at the airport!

Old Schmold.

jcsnyder95 said...

Great list!

I think this would be mine (in no particular order, except 1999 being at the top):

Prince - 1999
Prince and the Revolution - Purple Rain
New Order - Substance
Crowded House - Temple of Low Men
The Sugarcubes - Life's Too Good
Lindsey Buckingham - Go Insane
Fleetwood Mac - Tango in the Night
Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual
Berlin - Love Life
OMD - The Best of OMD
Chris Isaak - Chris Isaak
10,00 Maniacs - In My Tribe
Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
Erasure - Wild!
Depeche Mode - Black Celebration
Depeche Mode - Music for the Masses
Cowboy Junkies - The Trinity Session
Wendy and Lisa - Wendy and Lisa
Jill Jones - Jill Jones
REM - Green
B-52's - Cosmic Thing
Suzanne Vega - Solitude Standing
Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
Squeeze - East Side Story
U2 - The Joshua Tree
INXS - Kick
Information Society - Information Society
George Harrison - Cloud Nine
Eurythmics - 1984
The Cure - Disintegration
The Cars - Heartbeat City
XTC - Oranges and Lemons
Pet Shop Boys - Actually
Pat Benatar - Best Shots

I'm sure I left some off... this is what I can name off the top of my head!

disko interruptus said...

Flat out, the 80s was a great decade for albums, from all pop spectrums. I was in my teens for a good portion of that decade, so with obsessive teen flair I would have to say that if I was into a particular artist, I would have bought EVERYTHING indiscriminately, whether good, average or bad! My collections for Eurythmics, Cyndi Lauper, Prince, Madonna, The Cure, Berlin, PSBs, Dead or Alive, Culture Club, Kate Bush, New Order, Tears for Fears, etc were extensive!

These days, with our i-Generation, most teens wouldn't know what a real album sounds like!

Anonymous said...

Kim Wilde made a handful of excellent albums in the 80s..!