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100 Greatest Rock Albums Of The 1980s

Criteria: These Albums are ranked, giving equal consideration to impact, influence, immediate & lasting popularity, and acclaim from critics & musicians. (This list does not include 'Greatest Hits' or 'Compilation' albums.)

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Last Updated: 2008-02-10

100 Greatest Rock Albums Of The 1980s
  1. Thriller (1982) - Michael Jackson
  2. It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (1988) - Public Enemy
  3. Purple Rain (1984) - Prince and the Revolution
  4. The Joshua Tree (1987) - U2
  5. Raising Hell (1986) - Run-D.M.C.
  6. Appetite For Destruction (1987) - Guns N' Roses
  7. Licensed To Ill (1986) - Beastie Boys
  8. Back In Black (1980) - AC/DC
  9. Born in the USA (1984) - Bruce Springsteen
10. Sign O' The Times (1987) - Prince
11. Straight Outta Compton (1988) - N.W.A
12. Murmur (1983) - R.E.M.
13. Like A Virgin (1984) - Madonna
14. Synchronicity (1983) - The Police
15. 3 Feet High and Rising (1989) - De La Soul
16. 1999 (1982) - Prince
17. Paul's Boutique (1989) - Beastie Boys
18. Number Of The Beast (1982) - Iron Maiden
19. Master of Puppets (1986) - Metallica
20. Remain In Light (1980) - Talking Heads
21. Paid In Full (1987) - Eric B. & Rakim
22. The Queen Is Dead (1986) - The Smiths
23. Radio (1985) - LL Cool J
24. Graceland (1986) - Paul Simon
25. Run-D.M.C. (1984) - Run-D.M.C.
26. Like A Prayer (1989) - Madonna
27. The Stone Roses (1989) - The Stone Roses
28. Doolittle (1989) - Pixies
29. Bad (1987) - Michael Jackson
30. Ace Of Spades (1980) - Motorhead
31. Daydream Nation (1988) - Sonic Youth
32. Closer (1980) - Joy Division
33. Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989) - Janet Jackson
34. Hysteria (1987) - Def Leppard
35. Brothers In Arms (1985) - Dire Straits
36. 1984 (1984) - Van Halen
37. King Of Rock (1985) - Run-D.M.C.
38. Beauty And The Beat (1981) - The Go-Go's
39. Tracy Chapman (1988) - Tracy Chapman
40. So (1986) - Peter Gabriel
41. War (1983) - U2
42. Pretenders (1980) - Pretenders
43. The River (1980) - Bruce Springsteen
44. Disintegration (1989) - The Cure
45. Dirty Mind (1980) - Prince
46. The Message (1982) - Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five
47. The Unforgettable Fire (1984) - U2
48. Rain Dogs (1985) - Tom Waits
49. Let It Be (1984) - The Replacements
50. Faith (1987) - George Michael
51. The Smiths (1984) - The Smiths
52. Psychocandy (1984) - The Jesus and Mary Chain
53. She's So Unusual (1983) - Cindi Lauper
54. Ride The Lightning (1984) - Metallica
55. Dare! (1981) - The Human League
56. Private Dancer (1984) - Tina Turner
57. Nothing's Shocking (1988) - Jane's Addiction
58. Hounds Of Love (1985) - Kate Bush
59. Document (1987) - R.E.M.
60. Nebraska (1982) - Bruce Springsteen
61. Slippery When Wet (1986) - Bon Jovi
62. Nick of Time (1989) - Bonnie Raitt
63. Reign In Blood (1986) - Slayer
64. Zen Arcade (1984) - Husker Du
65. Hi Infidelity (1980) - REO Speedwagon
66. True Blue (1986) - Madonna
67. Can't Slow Down (1983) - Lionel Richie
68. Kick (1987) - INXS
69. The Game (1980) - Queen
70. No Jacket Required (1985) - Phil Collins
71. Break Out (1983) - Pointer Sisters
72. Avalon (1982) - Roxy Music
73. Criminal Minded (1987) - Boogie Down Productions
74. Rio (1982) - Duran Duran
75. The Nightfly (1982) - Donald Fagen
76. Swordfishtrombones (1983) - Tom Waits
77. Ghost In The Machine (1981) - The Police
78. Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (1980) - Dead Kennedys
79. Sister (1987) - Sonic Youth
80. Surfer Rosa (1988) - Pixies
81. The End of the Innocence (1989) - Don Henley
82. Whitney Houston (1985) - Whitney Houston
83. Blizzard Of Ozz (1980) - Ozzy Osbourne
84. Double Nickels On The Dime (1984) - Minutemen
85. Pyromania (1983) - Def Leppard
86. Rapture (1986) - Anita Baker
87. Steve McQueen/Two Wheels Good (1985) - Prefab Sprout
88. Moving Pictures (1981) - Rush
89. Technique (1989) - New Order
90. Strictly Business (1988) - EPMD
91. Live At The Harlem Square Club 1963 (1985) - Sam Cooke
92. Business As Usual (1982) - Men At Work
93. Imperial Bedroom (1982) - Elvis Costello and The Attractions
94. Whitney (1987) - Whitney Houston
95. Eliminator (1983) - ZZ Top
96. Tattoo You (1981) - The Rolling Stones
97. Violent Femmes (1983) - Violent Femmes
98. Control (1986) - Janet Jackson
99. Shoot Out The Lights (1982) - Richard and Linda Thompson
100. Piece Of Mind (1983) - Iron Maiden

101. Searching For Young Soul Rebels (1980) - Dexy's Midnight Runners
102. The Lexicon Of Love (1982) - ABC
103. Rum, Sodomy & the Lash (1985) - The Pogues
104. Damaged (1981) - Black Flag
105. Speaking In Tongues(1983) - Talking Heads
106. Freedom (1989) - Neil Young
107. Pretty Hate Machine (1989) - Nine Inch Nails
108. Tim (1985) - The Replacements
109. Yo! Bum Rush The Show (1987) - Public Enemy
110. Heart (1985) - Heart
111. New Day Rising (1985) - Husker Du
112. Low-Life (1985) - New Order
113. Tunnel Of Love (1987) - Bruce Springsteen
114. Rattlesnakes (1984) - Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
115. Texas Flood (1983) - Stevie Ray Vaughan
116. Life's Rich Pageant (1986) - R.E.M.
117. Madonna (1983) - Madonna
118. Touch (1983) - Eurythmics
119. My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (1981) - Brian Eno & David Byrne
120. Zenyatta Mondatta (1980) - The Police
121. Spirit Of Eden (1988) - Talk Talk
122. How Will The Wolf Survive? (1984) - Los Lobos
123. Green (1988) - R.E.M.
124. The Head On The Door (1985) - The Cure
125. Los Angeles (1980) - X
126. Let's Dance (1983) - David Bowie
127. Meat Is Murder (1985) - The Smiths
128. Skylarking (1986) - XTC
129. Combat Rock (1982) - The Clash
130. Scarecrow (1985) - John Cougar Mellencamp
131. Peter Gabriel (III) (1980) - Peter Gabriel
132. Toto IV (1982) - Toto
133. Sandinista! (1980) - The Clash
134. Parade (1986) - Prince
135. Midnight Love (1982) - Marvin Gaye
136. Boy (1980) - U2
137. Crazy Rhythms (1980) - The Feelies
138. Escape (1981) - Journey
139. ...And Justice For All (1988) - Metallica
140. Double Fantasy (1980) - John Lennon and Yoko Ono
141. Giving You The Best That I Got (1988) - Anita Baker
142. Full Moon Fever (1989) - Tom Petty
143. Scary Monsters (1980) - David Bowie
144. Songs From The Big Chair (1985) - Tears For Fears
145. Screaming For Vengeance (1982) - Judas Priest
146. Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me (1987) - The Cure
147. Different Light (1986) - The Bangles
148. Sound Affects (1980) - The Jam
149. 4 (1981) - Foreigner
150. An Innocent Man (1983) - Billy Joel
151. Pump (1989) - Aerosmith
152. This Nation's Saving Grace (1985) - The Fall
153. Private Eyes (1981) - Hall & Oates
154. Straight Out The Jungle (1988) - The Jungle Brothers
155. Club Classics Vol. 1/Keep On Movin' (1989) - Soul II Soul
156. Reckoning (1984) - R.E.M.
157. New York (1989) - Lou Reed
158. Stop Making Sense (1984) - Talking Heads
159. Diesel & Dust (1987) - Midnight Oil
160. Wild Gift (1981) - X
161. Pornography (1982) - The Cure
162. Ocean Rain (1984) - Echo and the Bunnymen
163. Lucinda Williams (1988) - Lucinda Williams
164. Face Value (1981) - Phil Collins
165. Kill Em All (1983) - Metallica
166. The Dream Of The Blue Turtles (1985) - Sting
167. Strangeways, Here We Come (1987) - The Smiths
168. Learning To Crawl (1984) - Pretenders
169. American Fool (1982) - John Cougar
170. Bad Brains (1982) - Bad Brains
171. Little Creatures (1985) - Talking Heads
172. Bella Donna (1981) - Stevie Nicks
173. Operation: Mindcrime (1988) - Queensryche
174. Reckless (1984) - Bryan Adams
175. Bring The Family (1987) - John Hiatt
176. Colour By Numbers (1983) - Culture Club
177. Introducing the Hardline According To Terence Trent D'Arby (1987) - T.T. D'Arby
178. The Wanderer (1980) - Donna Summer
179. Strong Persuader (1986) - Robert Cray Band
180. Get Happy!! (1980) - Elvis Costello and The Attractions
181. Make It Big (1984) - Wham!
182. Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (1981) - Soft Cell
183. Dr. Feelgood (1989) - Motley Crue
184. No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith (1981) - Motorhead
185. Heartbeat City (1984) - Cars
186. Hunting High & Low (1985) - A-Ha
187. Street Songs (1981) - Rick James
188. Forever Your Girl (1988) - Paula Abdul
189. Computer-World (1981) - Kraftwerk
190. Back In the High Life (1986) - Steve Winwood
191. Don't Be Cruel (1988) - Bobby Brown
192. I'm Your Man (1988) - Leonard Cohen
193. You're Living All Over Me (1987) - Dinosaur Jr.
194. Isn't Anything (1988) - My Bloody Valentine
195. Follow The Leader (1988) - Eric B. & Rakim
196. Rattle and Hum (1988) - U2
197. 16 Lovers Lane (1988) - The Go-Betweens
198. Frontiers (1983) - Journey
199. New Jersey (1988) - Bon Jovi
200. The Real Thing (1989) - Faith No More
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thriller
 It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
The Joshua Tree
Raising Hell
Appetite For Destruction
Back In Black
Licensed To Ill
Born in the USA











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