Top Ten Rock Albums
of Each Year - 1980-1989

Criteria: These albums were chosen for their initial and lasting popularity and their influence and impact on rock music in general.

Top Ten Rock Albums of 1980

1. Back In Black - AC/DC
2. Remain In Light - Talking Heads
3. Closer - Joy Division
4. Ace Of Spades - Motorhead
5. The River - Bruce Springsteen
6. Dirty Mind - Prince
7. Hi Infidelity - REO Speedwagon
8. The Game - Queen
9. Diana - Diana Ross
10. Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables - Dead Kennedys
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1981

1. Beauty And The Beat - The Go-Go's
2. Dare! - The Human League
3. Ghost In The Machine - The Police
4. Moving Pictures - Rush
5. Tattoo You - Rolling Stones
6. Damaged - Black Flag
7. My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts - Brian Eno & David Byrne
8. Escape - Journey
9. 4 - Foreigner
10. Private Eyes - Hall & Oates
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1982

1. Thriller - Michael Jackson
2. 1999 - Prince
3. Number Of The Beast - Iron Maiden
4. The Message - Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five
5. Nebraska - Bruce Springsteen
6. Avalon - Roxy Music
7. Rio - Duran Duran
8. The Nightfly - Donald Fagen
9. Business As Usual - Men At Work
10. Imperial Bedroom - Elvis Costello and The Attractions
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1983

1. Murmur - R.E.M.
2. Synchronicity - The Police
3. War - U2
4. She's So Unusual - Cindi Lauper
5. Can't Slow Down - Lionel Richie
6. Break Out - Pointer Sisters
7. Swordfishtrombones - Tom Waits
8. Eliminator - ZZ Top
9. Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
10. Pyromania - Def Leppard
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1984

1. Purple Rain - Prince and the Revolution
2. Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen
3. Like A Virgin - Madonna
4. Run-D.M.C. - Run-D.M.C.
5. 1984 - Van Halen
6. The Unforgettable Fire - U2
7. Let It Be - The Replacements
8. The Smiths - The Smiths
9. Ride The Lightning - Metallica
10. Private Dancer - Tina Turner
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1985

1. Radio - LL Cool J
2. Brothers In Arms - Dire Straits
3. Rain Dogs - Tom Waits
4. King Of Rock - Run-D.M.C.
5. No Jacket Required - Phil Collins
6. Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston
7. Psychocandy - The Jesus and Mary Chain
8. Hounds Of Love - Kate Bush
9. Steve McQueen/Two Wheels Good - Prefab Sprout
10. Rum, Sodomy & the Lash - The Pogues
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1986

1. Raising Hell - Run-D.M.C.
2. Licensed To Ill - Beastie Boys
3. Graceland - Paul Simon
4. The Queen Is Dead - The Smiths
5. Master of Puppets - Metallica
6. So - Peter Gabriel
7. Slippery When Wet - Bon Jovi
8. Reign In Blood - Slayer
9. True Blue - Madonna
10. Rapture - Ainta Baker
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1987

1. The Joshua Tree - U2
2. Appetite For Destruction - Guns N' Roses
3. Sign O' The Times - Prince
4. Paid In Full - Eric B. & Rakim
5. Bad - Michael Jackson
6. Hysteria - Def Leppard
7. Faith - George Michael
8. Document - R.E.M.
9. Kick - INXS
10. Criminal Minded – Boogie Down Productions
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1988

1. It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back - Public Enemy
2. Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A
3. Daydream Nation - Sonic Youth
4. Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman
5. Nothing's Shocking - Jane's Addiction
6. Surfer Rosa - Pixies
7. Strictly Business - EPMD
8. Spirit Of Eden - Talk Talk
9. Green - R.E.M.
10. ...And Justice For All - Metallica
Top Ten Rock Albums of 1989

1. 3 Feet High and Rising - De La Soul
2. Doolittle - Pixies
3. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
4. Paul's Boutique - Beastie Boys
5. Like A Prayer - Madonna
6. Rhythm Nation 1814 - Janet Jackson
7. Disintegration - The Cure
8. Nick of Time - Bonnie Raitt
9. The End of the Innocence - Don Henley
10. Technique - New Order

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Last Updated: 2014-05-03
Newly added names are in Red