100 Greatest Rock Albums Of The ’80s

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

Criteria: – These Albums are ranked, giving equal consideration to impact, influence, immediate & lasting popularity, and acclaim from critics & musicians. This list does not include or ‘Compilation’ albums.

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