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  • Awardsfan1990
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    Even though I wasn’t alive in the 1980s, I’ve always loved 1980s music, with many of my all-time favorite albums coming from that decade. I’ve always wanted to post a list of my top 10 favorite albums, but it’s always been hard to narrow down. Some I knew would always be on this list no matter what, but it’s been a difficult challenge to try and come up with a balanced list, but I think I’ve finally done it. To make things fair, I’ve allowed myself to only pick one album by one artist so the list will be as varied as possible. I also won’t be including honorable mentions, because frankly, that list would be WAY too long!! Anyway, after much thought, here are my top 10 favorite albums of the 1980s:

    1. Peter Gabriel—So
    2. R.E.M.—Murmur
    3. Kate Bush—Hounds Of Love
    4. George Winston—December
    5. Genesis—Invisible Touch
    6. Bruce Springsteen—Born In The U.S.A.
    7. 10,000 Maniacs—In My Tribe
    8. Midnight Oil—Diesel & Dust
    9. The Smiths—The Queen Is Dead
    10. U2—The Joshua Tree

    I know there are many iconic 80s albums that are not on this list, but like I said before, this list was incredibly difficult to make and narrow down. Let me know what you think and share your own 80s favorites down below.

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    vinny
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    Ironically, I have twelve albums released in the 80s on my IPOD. Like the entire albums:
    1)Slippery When Wet – Bon Jovi
    2)Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen
    3)Purple Rain – Prince
    4)R.E.M., ‘Murmur’
    5)Glass Houses – Billy Joel
    6)52nd Street – Billy Joel
    7)Paul Simon, ‘Graceland’
    8)U2, ‘The Joshua Tree’
    9)No Jacket Required – Phil Collins
    10)Thriller – Michael Jackson
    11)Prince, ‘1999’
    12)The Clash, ‘London Calling’

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    James Otto Sweet Heart
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    Billy Joe Royal
    His self named album released in 1980
    Looking Ahead
    Royal Treatment
    Tell It Like It Is

    Steve Sanders of the Oak Ridge Boys
    Heart Beat
    Monongahela
    American Dreams

    God bless you and those who have loved them longer than me always!!!

    Holly

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    ELIAS
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    Hounds of Love is #1 atm for me!!!

    Barnacles Bro

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    BICTH
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    Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA
    Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
    Lucinda Williams – Lucinda Williams
    Paul Simon – Graceland
    Kate Bush – Hounds of Love
    Sonic Youth – Sister
    X – Wild Gift
    Laurie Anderson – Strange Angels
    Prince – Sign o’ the Times
    Talking Heads – Remain in Light

    Honorable Mention: Madonna – The Immaculate Collection (all the singles were released the 80s anyway)

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    Not sure about these albums being my favourites or not. Just ten extraordinary works that never fail to excite me.

    Remain in Light, Talking Heads
    Ambient 4, Brian Eno
    Big Science, Laurie Anderson
    Isn’t Anything, My Bloody Valentine
    Daydream Nation, Sonic Youth
    Psychocandy, The Jesus and Mary Chain
    Treasure, Cocteau Twins
    Power, Corruption & Lies, New Order
    Spirit of Eden, Talk Talk
    Tender Prey, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

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    BICTH
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    I think of power, corruption & lies as one of new order’s weaker efforts in the 80s. I’ll probably swap lucinda’s self-titled out for substance if I had more time to think over the list

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    When I first started in GoldDerby almost twenty (God I’m old) years ago I bought all three of Tom’s books and I started downloading several albums while reading the Grammys book. I can’t believe it took me until THIS YEAR! to get into Paul Simon’s Graceland. It is SO GOOD! I bought those books like in 2002 and I went through a lot of music and discovered a lot of stuff, what the hell happened?

    I’m glad I’m listening to it now. It’s pretty great.

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    I think of power, corruption & lies as one of new order’s weaker efforts in the 80s. I’ll probably swap lucinda’s self-titled out for substance if I had more time to think over the list

    Agree to disagree on that, but I really like your list anyway!

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    Gosh, this was painful. Didn’t want to keep overthinking it, so this is my list as of right now:

    1. Peter Gabriel, So
    2. Tom Petty, Full Moon Fever
    3. Kate Bush, Hounds of Love
    4. George Michael, Faith
    5. David Byrne, Rei Momo
    6. INXS, Kick
    7. Prince & The Revolution, Purple Rain
    8. Bruce Springsteen, Born in the USA
    9. The Pointer Sisters, Break Out
    10. Grace Jones, Island Life / Yaz, Upstairs at Eric’s (just let me have this ONE tie lol)

    Honorable Mentions:
    * Talking Heads, Stop Making Sense (took it out of the top 10 since I had a David Byrne album already)
    * Adam Ant, Antics in the Forbidden Zone (released in 1990, but everything’s from the 80s)
    * New Order, Substance 1987
    * Prince, Batman (it was actually tough deciding between this and Purple Rain)
    * Art of Noise, The Best of the Art of Noise
    * Traveling Wilburys, Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1
    * Front 242, Front by Front
    * Michael Penn, March (this always felt like an early 90s album to me)
    * Various Artists, Metropolis (soundtrack)
    * Elvis Costello, Spike
    * The Psychedelic Furs, All of This and Nothing
    * Fine Young Cannibals, The Raw and the Cooked

    EDIT: Ah, dammit, I just realized I forgot Living Colour’s Vivid
    EDIT #2: What the… How did I forget Graceland, too?? Ugh.

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