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Top 100 albums and songs of the 1980s [2008]

Postby Old Forums » Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:31 am

Originally conducted by Stephan

Excel files:
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
Finale



Top 100 Albums

#100



The Rolling Stones - Tattoo You (1981)

Score: 860 points

Biggest fans:

Greg Rumpff (#24), Greg (#24)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1981 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 205






#99



Metallica - Kill 'Em All (1983)

Score: 872 points

Biggest fans:

LonesomePanda (#21)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1983 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 125






#98



Black Flag - Damaged (1981)

Score: 880 points

Biggest fans:

None

Comments:

I'm not interested in that kind of attitude, I'm not interested in worshipping ugliness, violence and noise. (nicolas)

Place in the 1981 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 63






#97



Bob Dylan - Infidels (1983)

Score: 905 points

Biggest fans:

Snusmumrik (#9), Toni (#21)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1983 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 561






#96



X - Wild Gift (1981)

Score: 887 points

Biggest fans:

Harold Wexler (#20)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1981 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 105






#95



The Clash - Combat Rock (1982)

Score: 940 points

Biggest fans:

Mo (#1), TOni (#19)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1982 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 216






#94



My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything (1988)

Score: 951 points

Biggest fans:

Netjade (#9), Mitchell Stirling (#22), SuperFurry (#25)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1988 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 102






#93



Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast (1982)

Score: 949 points

Biggest fans:

Nicolas (#7), Mo (#8), Henrik (#16)

Comments:

The perfect heavy metal album. The music here is almost classical. (nicolas)

Place in the 1982 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 68






#92



The Gun Club - Fire Of Love (1981)

Score: 934 points

Biggest fans:

LonesomePanda (#15), Mo (#17), Snusmumrik (#18), Netjade (#23), Sonofsamiam (#25)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1981 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 148






#91



The Replacements - Pleased To Meet Me (1987)

Score: 920 points

Biggest fans:

John (#12)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1987 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 156

#90



New Order - Low-Life (1985)

Score: 954 points

Biggest fans:

Mitchell Stirling (#13), Moonbeam (#20), Jonah (#20), LonesomePanda (#24)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1981 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 80






#89



Donald Fagen - THe Nightfly (1982)

Score: 960 points

Biggest fans:

Greg Rumpff (#10), Honorio (#25)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1981 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 49






#88



The Cure - Pornography (1982)

Score: 984 points

Biggest fans:

Moonbeam (#5), Henrik (#15)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1981 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 99






#87



Roxy Music - Avalon (1982)

Score: 988 points

Biggest fans:

Mo (#3), Greg (#17), Moonbeam (#19), John (#22), Henrik (#24)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1982 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 60






#86



X - Los Angeles (1980)

Score: 982 points

Biggest fans:

BillAdama (#9), Jonah (#19), Rocky Raccoon (#23)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1987 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 64






#85



Meat Puppets - II (1983)

Score: 958 points

Biggest fans:

Toni (#14), John (#19), Netjade (#19)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1983 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 211






#84



The Psychedelic Furs - Talk Talk Talk (1981)

Score: 980 points

Biggest fans:

Mo (#9), Michel (#11)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1983 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 210






#83



Talk Talk - The Colour of Spring (1986)

Score: 979 points

Biggest fans:

Netjade (#22), Andre (#25)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1981 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 176






#82



N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton (1988)

Score: 998 points

Biggest fans:

Mo (#4), Nicolas (#8)

Comments:

A bomb. Those three first tracks are violent, funky and funny, and groovy as hell. (nicolas)

Place in the 1988 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 23

#81



Hüsker Dü - New Day Rising (1985)

Score: 981 points

Biggest fans:

Fred (#7), John (#8), Harold Wexler (#12), Toni (#25)

Comments:

More interesting to me than Zen Arcade. A little more melodic, with even cool moments. (nicolas)

Place in the 1985 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 67

#80



New Order - Technique (1989)

Score: 995 points

Biggest fans:

Mitchell Stirling (#19), Midaso (#20), otisredding (#22), Adrian (#25)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1989 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 42






#79



The Replacements - Tim (1985)

Score: 1008 points

Biggest fans:

John (#3), Greg (#15), Midaso (#24)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1985 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 88






#78



Peter Gabriel - So (1986)

Score: 1017 points

Biggest fans:

Greg Rumpff (#7), Miguel (#12), Michel (#17), Andre (#20), Snusmumrik (#23)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1986 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 32






#77



Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Trust (1981)

Score: 1018 points

Biggest fans:

Toni (#12), Fred (#14), Miguel (#21)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1981 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 213






#76



Bob Dylan - Oh, Mercy (1988)

Score: 1021 points

Biggest fans:

Snusmumrik (#1), otisredding (#11), SuperFurry (#14)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1988 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 257






#75



Beastie Boys - Licensed To Ill (1986)

Score: 1022 points

Biggest fans:

Toni (#9), LonesomePanda (#10), Greg Rumpff (#12)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1986 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 28






#74



Run-D.M.C. - Raising Hell (1986)

Score: 1024 points

Biggest fans:

SuperFurry (#10), Toni (#11), Greg Rumpff (#17), ROcky Raccoon (#25)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1986 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 30






#73



Madonna - Like A Prayer (1989)

Score: 1025 points

Biggest fans:

Moonbeam (#4), Sonofsamiam (#14), Greg Rumpff (#18), Honorio (#18)

Comments:

The most ambitious effort from the Blond Ambition (and that’s saying a lot), focusing on personal subjects but not losing their controversial edge. (Honorio)

Place in the 1989 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 59






#72



Eric B. & Rakim - Paid In Full (1987)

Score: 1026 points

Biggest fans:

Sonofsamiam (#7), Toni (#18), tremolo (#18), Greg (#25)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1987 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 55






#71



The Police - Synchronicity (1983)

Score: 1027 points

Biggest fans:

Rocky Raccoon (#10), Toni (#13), Stephan (#14), Greg Rumpff (#19), Michel (#22)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1983 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 34

#70



Brian Eno - David Bryne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (1981)

Score: 1027 points

Biggest fans:

Andre (#7), Mo (#15), Michel (#16), Henrik (#21), Honorio (#24)

Comments:

Eno & Byrne previewed the sound of the future with samples and world music, getting ahead of their contemporaries for more than a decade. (Honorio)

Place in the 1981 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 46






#69



Sonic Youth - Sister (1987)

Score: 1030 points

Biggest fans:

tremolo (#8), BillAdama (#10), SuperFurry (#19), Jonah (#23)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1987 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 38






#68



Hüsker Dü - Warehouse: Songs And Stories (1987)

Score: 1030 points

Biggest fans:

SuperFurry (#3), Fred (#8), Greg (#20), Snusmumrik (#25)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1987 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 87






#67



Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love (1987)

Score: 1039 points

Biggest fans:

Greg (#3), Midaso (#16), Miguel (#17), Stephan (#19), Harold Wexler (#25)

Comments:

Bruce making a concept album about love and his divorce. The production is a bit dated, but great songs anyway and the most personal Springsteen album. (Nicolas)

Place in the 1987 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 110






#66



Neil Young - Freedom (1989)

Score: 1039 points

Biggest fans:

Miguel (#3), Andre (#14), otisredding (#19), Rocky Raccoon (#22), Nicolas (#22)

Comments:

Strange album. Good songs, nothing to throw away, none of them excellent except for the last one, the electric version of "Rocking In The Free World", a true masterpiece. The reason for that is the production : NY has no clear idea about it, and the songs suffer from it, some of them sounding dated, some of them sounding like back in the seventies, some of them like what he was about to do next with Crazy Horse. Too bad, because with a proper sound, that album could have been much bigger.
(Nicolas)

Place in the 1989 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 98






#65



The Smiths - Meat Is Murder (1985)

Score: 1043 points

Biggest fans:

Mitchell Stirling (#11), Andre (#13), SuperFurry (#16), Midaso (#23), Fred (#24)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1985 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 114






#64



Talking Heads - Speaking In Tongues (1983)

Score: 1044 points

Biggest fans:

Miguel (#8), Moonbeam (#17), Mo (#18), Netjade (#20), Toni (#24)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1983 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 270






#63



This Heat - Deceit (1981)

Score: 1065 points

Biggest fans:

tremolo (#4), Netjade (#6), Sonofsamiam (#6), BillAdama (#20), Jonah (#24)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1981 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 280






#62



Pretenders - Pretenders (1980)

Score: 1066 points

Biggest fans:

Harold Wexler (#5), Moonbeam (#16), Rocky Raccoon (#20), Adrian (#24)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1980 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 25






#61



Leonard Cohen - I'm Your Man (1988)

Score: 1067 points

Biggest fans:

Miguel (#2), otisredding (#9), Fred (#12), Snusmumrik (#15), Henrik (#23)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1988 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 92

#60



New Order - Power, Corruption And Lies (1983)

Score: 1070 points

Biggest fans:

Jonah (#9), Honorio (#14), Moonbeam (#14), SuperFurry (#17)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1983 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 79






#59



Metallica - Master Of Puppets (1986)

Score: 1073 points

Biggest fans:

LonesomePanda (#2), Henrik (#4), John (#7)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1986 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 26






#58



Richard & Linda Thompson - Shoot Out The Lights (1982)

Score: 1076 points

Biggest fans:

Harold Wexler (#7), Snusmumrik (#8), Rocky Raccoon (#17), Stephan (#23), Greg Rumpff (#25)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1982 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 53






#57



The Cure - The Head On The Door (1985)

Score: 1077 points

Biggest fans:

Moonbeam (#9), Honorio (#10), Henrik (#12), Mo (#14)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1985 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 103






#56



The Pogues - If I Should Fall From Grace With God (1988)

Score: 1078 points

Biggest fans:

Snusmumrik (#10), Adrian (#11), Toni (#15), Michel (#15), John (#24)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1988 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 141






#55



Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes (1983)

Score: 1083 points

Biggest fans:

LonesomePanda (#8), Jonah (#16), Honorio (#21), BillAdama (#21), Greg Rumpff (#21)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1983 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 45






#54



Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman (1988)

Score: 1083 points

Biggest fans:

Andre (#6), Greg Rumpff (#13), Rocky Raccoon (#15), Nicolas (#16), Miguel (#20), Stephan (#20)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1988 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 61






#53



Prince & The Revolution - Parade (1986)

Score: 1097 points

Biggest fans:

Miguel (#6), Moonbeam (#7), Sonofsamiam (#15), Nicolas (#20), Harold Wexler (#21)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1986 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 121






#52



The Smiths - Strangeways Here We Come (1987)

Score: 1112 points

Biggest fans:

Fred (#10), Moonbeam (#10), Mo (#10), Netjade (#15), Midaso (#17)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1987 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 94






#51



Minutemen - Double Nickels On The Dime (1984)

Score: 1118 points

Biggest fans:

Jonah (#7), Netjade (#8), tremolo (#14), LonesomePanda (#16), Adrian (#17)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1984 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 44

#50



Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense (1984)

Score: 1121 points

Biggest fans:

John (#1), Mo (#3), Miguel (#4), Greg Rumpff (#15), Andre (#23)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1984 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 90






#49



Echo & The Bunnymen - Ocean Rain (1984)

Score: 1124 points

Biggest fans:

Mitchell Stirling (#4), Honorio (#13), BillAdama (#17), Michel (#25)

Comments:

A kind of “Forever Changes” for the 80s, a lush backing acoustic guitars and orchestral arrangements for the best set of songs from the pen of Ian McCulloch. (Honorio)

Place in the 1984 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 89






#48



Lou Reed - New York (1989)

Score: 1136 points

Biggest fans:

Nicolas (#5), Snusmumrik (#13), Miguel (#16), Greg (#21), BillAdama (#23), Greg Rumpff (#25)

Comments:

A very cohesive album about Lou Reed's city, which has always been his obsession. Great lyrics, and great sound. Very simple : two guitars, one bass, drums, like Neil Young's Crazy Horse. (Nicolas)

Place in the 1989 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 58






#47



Kraftwerk - Computer Welt (1981)

Score: 1138 points

Biggest fans:

Greg Rumpff (#6), Henrik (#7), Moonbeam (#13), tremolo (#16), otisredding (#23)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1981 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 91






#46



AC/DC - Back In Black (1980)

Score: 1141 points

Biggest fans:

Stephan (#7), Greg Rumpff (#9), LonesomePanda (#14), Nicolas (#15), Greg (#16)

Comments:

Sex and booze and rock'n roll… And a great band. (Nicolas)

Place in the 1980 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 19






#45



The Human League - Dare! (1981)

Score: 1143 points

Biggest fans:

otisredding (#10), Stephan (#11), LonesomePanda (#12), John (#13), Miguel (#14)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1981 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 33






#44



Elvis Costello And The Attractions - Get Happy!! (1980)

Score: 1145 points

Biggest fans:

Fred (#5), Harold Wexler (#8), otisredding (#12), Netjade (#14), John (#18)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1980 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 50






#43



Prince - Dirty Mind (1980)

Score: 1147 points

Biggest fans:

Henrik (#9), Moonbeam (#11), Harold Wexler (#13), Jonah (#14), Rocky Raccoon (#16)

Comments:

Funky and pop, sexually explicit and musically full of genius, all of Prince is already there in this album, which is visionnary and influencial for all the urban black music of the '80s. (Nicolas)

Place in the 1980 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 73






#42



R.E.M. - Reckoning (1984)

Score: 1150 points

Biggest fans:

John (#2), otisredding (#15), Snusmumrik (#17), Andre (#18), Michel (#20)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1984 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 101






#41



Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction (1987)

Score: 1152 points

Biggest fans:

Nicolas (#6), Stephan (#6), BillAdama (#11), John (#15), Greg (#18)

Comments:

A great rock'n roll album in the middle of these freezing eighties. Of course, it is excessive, but exuberance is the essence of rock'n roll. Rock'n roll has nothing to do with intergrity, it's just fun, and they know that. (Nicolas)

Place in the 1987 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 11


#40



The Pogues - Rum, Sodomy And The Lash (1985)

Score: 1156 points

Biggest fans:

LonesomePanda (#3), Adrian (#4), Snusmumrik (#7), SuperFurry (#8), Toni (#17)

Comments:

When punk meets celtic. Powerful album, a bit messy but hosting a true masterpiece, "And The Band played Waltzing Mathilda" (Nicolas)

Place in the 1985 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 39






#39



David Bowie - Scary Monsters (1980)

Score: 1159 points

Biggest fans:

Fred (#3), Snusmumrik (#3), Moonbeam (#6), otisredding (#8), Honorio (#12)

Comments:

Bowie made a decided step into the 80s with an album that supposed the culmination of all sides of 70s Bowie: avant-garde, cold funk and glamorous. (Honorio)

Place in the 1980 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 72






#38



Prefab Sprout Steve McQueen/Two Wheels Good (1985)

Score: 1164 points

Biggest fans:

Honorio (#3), Sonofsamiam (#10), otisredding (#14), Henrik (#14), Fred (#17), Andre (#17)

Comments:

Sophisti-pop at its best. And that’s not only because of the polished arrangements courtesy of Thomas Dolby but mainly for the superb song-writing of Paddy McAloon. Opaque and clever but sensitive lyrics and complex but brilliant melodies filled an album that never fails to fascinate me every time I listen to it no matter the many years passed since I discover it. (Honorio)

Place in the 1985 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 40






#37



Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love (1985)

Score: 1166 points

Biggest fans:

Mitchell Stirling (#5), Henrik (#8), Sonofsamiam (#13), Fred (#18), Adrian (#20)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1985 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 35






#36



The Cure - Seventeen Seconds (1980)

Score: 1169 points

Biggest fans:

Henrik (#3), Michel (#4), Moonbeam (#5), LonesomePanda (#6), Nicolas (#14)

Comments:

The Cure really invented a sound. The best example is Disintegration. (Nicolas)

Place in the 1983 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 116






#35



The Smiths - Hatful Of Hollow (1984)

Score: 1171 points

Biggest fans:

Midaso (#4), Adrian (#5), Michel (#8), Andre (#9), Mitchell Stirling (#17)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1984 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 108






#34



R.E.M. - Life's Rich Pageant (1986)

Score: 1176 points

Biggest fans:

Andre (#3), Michel (#6), Miguel (#9), Mitchell Stirling (#18), tremolo (#21)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1986 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 126






#33



Talk Talk - Spirit Of Eden (1988)

Score: 1181 points

Biggest fans:

Netjade (#2), Snusmumrik (#4), Mo (#4), Sonofsamiam (#9), tremolo (#10)

Comments:

During the risky and adventurous search of their own sound, Mark Hollis found an abstract, unique and strange kind of beauty. (Honorio)

Place in the 1988 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 57






#32



XTC - Skylarking (1986)

Score: 1190 points

Biggest fans:

tremolo (#5), Miguel (#13), Midaso (#15), Sonofsamiam (#16), Netjade (#16)

Comments:

Clever lyrics about adulthood subjects (not hiding thorny matters as atheism) enhanced by detailed and inventive arrangements. (Honorio)

Place in the 1986 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 65






#31



R.E.M. - Green (1988)

Score: 1193 points

Biggest fans:

Jonah (#1), Michel (#5), Miguel (#5) Andre (#8), Snusmumrik (#12)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1988 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 85

#30



U2 - War (1983)

Score: 1198 points

Biggest fans:

Andre (#4), Greg Rumpff (#6), Mo (#8), Honorio (#16), Rocky Raccoon (#21)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1983 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 43






#29



Bruce Springsteen - The River (1980)

Score: 1207 points

Biggest fans:

Stephan (#5), SuperFurry (#6), Honorio (#7), Greg (#10), Nicolas (#13)

Comments:

Bruce wanted something less dark for his third album and so he mixed happy stuff and darker songs. Maybe that's why you get the impression that it is two records (Nicolas)

The splendid double album of Springsteen is also probably his more personal effort, dealing with the conflictive relationship with his father on “Independence Day” and reflecting the real story of his sister told from the point of view of his brother-in-law on the title track. Never before and after his scenes of broken heroes were so real. (Honorio)

Place in the 1980 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 37






#28



Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade (1984)

Score: 1209 points

Biggest fans:

Fred (#2), Sonofsamiam (#11), Rocky Raccoon (#11), Netjade (#12), SuperFurry (#12)

Comments:

Sometimes I don't understand that thing around hardcore. (Nicolas)

Place in the 1984 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 31






#27



The Replacements - Let It Be (1984)

Score: 1230 points

Biggest fans:

Harold Wexler (#1), BillAdama (#4), John (#4), Greg (#8), Jonah (#18), Rocky Raccoon (#18)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1984 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 36






#26



Elvis Costello And The Attractions - Imperial Bedroom (1982)

Score: 1247 points

Biggest fans:

Snusmumrik (#2), Netjade (#3), Toni (#6), Adrian (#10), SuperFurry (#15)

Comments:

The most colorful piece of Elvis's six-first-albums sequence. We still have the beautiful ballads and some urgent guitar rock moments, but now Mr. Costello's sound is more diversified and orchestral than never. Five years after the masterpiece of basic rock My Aim Is True, he made the exact opposite to create his second most pleasant act (for me, of course!). (Toni)

Place in the 1982 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 41






#25



Prince - 1999 (1982)

Score: 1273 points

Biggest fans:

Moonbeam (#1), Jonah (#8), Stephan (#9), John (#10), Rocky Raccoon (#12)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1982 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 29






#24



The Smiths - The Smiths (1984)

Score: 1281 points

Biggest fans:

Mitchell Stirling (#1), Greg (#2), otisredding (#4), Midaso (#8), Andre (#11), Mo (#11)

Comments:

The jangly guitars, the falsettos, the poetic but provocative lyrics are the main weapons of one of the best debut albums ever. (Honorio)

Place in the 1984 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 27






#23



R.E.M. - Document (1987)

Score: 1287 points

Biggest fans:

John (#5), Rocky Raccoon (#6), Jonah (#13), SuperFurry (#13), Greg Rumpff (#14)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1987 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 54






#22



Bruce Springsteen - Born In The U.S.A. (1984)

Score: 1291 points

Biggest fans:

Greg Rumpff (#1), Rocky Raccoon (#3), Stephan (#4), Nicolas (#10), Midaso (#10)

Comments:

When the boss went really mainstream. The songs are great, part of them coming from the Nebraska sessions, some are really personal ("Bobby Jean" dedicated to Steve Van Zandt), and the title track is a great protest song. (Nicolas)

Place in the 1984 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 24






#21



The Cure - Disintegration (1989)

Score: 1293 points

Biggest fans:

Greg (#1), Moonbeam (#2), Greg Rumpff (#8), LonesomePanda (#11), BillAdama (#12), Midaso (#12)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1989 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 51

#20



The Jesus And Mary Chain - Psychocandy (1985)

Score: 1297 points

Biggest fans:

otisredding (#6), Snusmumrik (#6), Midaso (#7), SuperFurry (#9), Mitchell Stirling (#9)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1985 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 17






#19



Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique (1989)

Score: 1320 points

Biggest fans:

LonesomePanda (#1), SuperFurry (#2), tremolo (#2), Sonofsamiam (#4), Henrik (#10)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1989 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 20






#18



Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska (1982)

Score: 1341 points

Biggest fans:

Nicolas #1), SuperFurry (#5), Stephan (#10), Snusmumrik (#11), Greg Rumpff (#11)

Comments:

Made at home on a 4-track recorder, a record that reads like a short stories book. "Well they closed down the auto plant in mahwah late that month…" remind you of something? (Nicolas)

Portraits of crime and desperation, nude and chilling songs, a dark album whose stature and influence is getting bigger and bigger every year. (Honorio)

Place in the 1982 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 21






#17



U2 - The Joshua Tree (1987)

Score: 1356 points

Biggest fans:

Stephan (#1), Rocky Raccoon (#2), Greg Rumpff (#3), Toni (#4), Michel (#10)

Comments:

I love listening to this album while traveling at night. Try to put it very low and forget it, its a wonderful experience. Track by track it takes you to diverse "musical places" and it's all relaxing, even if quite epic. U2 have tried to repeat this kind of artwork again, but of course they've failed. This is that type of result that is impossible to be repeated. (Toni)

Place in the 1987 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 5






#16



Michael Jackson - Thriller (1982)

Score: 1385 points

Biggest fans:

Greg Rumpff (#2), Stephan (#3), LonesomePanda (#7), Toni (#8), Honorio (#8)

Comments:

A classic. Here again, 9 potential singles, and so many memories. I was 12 or 13 when this one came out and let me tell you, it was HUGE… (Nicolas)

Much more than "the best selling album of all time", Thriller is a manual of great production in pop music. These songs probably wouldn't become good in the hands of the majority of the other producers, but here they were took exactly to the right point, and from normal compositions, were born atemporal recordings. (Toni)

The best selling album ever deserves for sure to be in the top 10. There are enough evidences throughout the album to support that: the stronger set of songs on Jackson career, the wide range of styles displayed, the crossover appeal capable to satisfy both the most exigent critic and the casual listener and, of course, the meticulous production of Quincy Jones. (Honorio)

Place in the 1982 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 4






#15



Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones (1983)

Score: 1416 points

Biggest fans:

Honorio (#1), Mo (#1), Henrik (#2), Miguel (#7), Netjade (#10)

Comments:

“A precious pile of junk”, that’s the way Roger Roca described the album for Rockdelux. Waits seemed to manufacture his album with materials from demolished buildings (as vintage jazz, Berlin cabaret, New Orleans parade music or lunatic Delta blues), rummaging among the debris to find a terrific new sound not tied at all with the sound of his contemporaries. (Toni)

Place in the 1983 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 18






#14



The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses (1989)

Score: 1421 points

Biggest fans:

Toni (#1), Mitchell Stirling (#2), Midaso (#2), Mo (#5), LonesomePanda (#5), Andre (#5)

Comments:

Eight classics and two other personal favorites in a 13-track album. How many discs contain that? People can say the Stone Roses's debut was the birth of the ninities, the album that "saved" English rock, etc. That's no important, I only know this is a fucking great bunch of perfect gems in all of the senses! Melodies, harmonies, bassline, vocal interpretation, textures, climates and, of course, Squire's guitars filling everything. I Am the Ressurection and Fools Gold are just the least great they could be! (Toni)

Place in the 1989 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 8






#13



Paul Simon - Graceland (1986)

Score: 1427 points

Biggest fans:

Miguel (#1), Stephan (#2), Mo (#2), Greg Rumpff (#4), Rocky Raccoon (#8)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1986 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 13






#12



Pixies - Surfer Rosa (1988)

Score: 1432 points

Biggest fans:

tremolo (#1), BillAdama (#1), otisredding (#2), Mitchell Stirling (#3), Fred (#4)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1988 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 15






#11



De La Soul - 3 Feet High And Rising (1989)

Score: 1462 points

Biggest fans:

Netjade (#1), Sonofsamiam (#3), otisredding (#4), Adrian (#7), Honorio (#9), nicolas (#12)

Comments:

Funny, because although the songs and the samples are really great, I think this record has not aged very well compared to "It Takes A Nation". That said, it is the definitive conscious rap record, paving the way for a lot of others. (Nicolas)

De La Soul celebrated the first decade of hip hop with an album that simultaneously supposed one of the peaks of the genre and its main revitalization, pulling away the many clichés that it was piling up during its relatively brief existence. The humour, the fun, the sense of freedom that exudes with every word and with every sample was enough. (Honorio)

Place in the 1989 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 16

#10



Joy Division - Closer (1980)

Score: 1475 points

Biggest fans:

Adrian (#1), Michel (#1), Midaso (#6), Mitchell Stirling (#6), Greg (#6)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1980 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 7






#9



Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (1988)

Score: 1476 points

Biggest fans:

otisredding (#1), Adrian (#2), Sonofsamiam (#2), Rocky Raccoon (#5), Harold Wexler (#6)

Comments:

This album is growing on me. I bet that in a year it will be higher. Chuck D has a great great voice, the power is really amazing. (Nicolas)

Place in the 1989 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 1






#8



Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation (1988)

Score: 1506 points

Biggest fans:

SuperFurry (#1), BillAdama (#2), Jonah (#3), Harold Wexler (#4), LonesomePanda (#4)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1988 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 14






#7



R.E.M. - Murmur (1983)

Score: 1533 points

Biggest fans:

Andre (#2), Toni (#3), Jonah (#4), Snusmumrik (#5), Harold Wexler (#9), Michel (#9)

Comments:

I wish R.E.M. had preserved this folky, delicate spirit in their next productions. The thing about this record is exactlly the fine acoustic guitar arrangements added to Buck' simple and unique guitar textures. There's not a significant number of great tracks, but the conjoint is surely much more than the sum of the parts. (Toni)

Place in the 1983 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 10






#6



Tom Waits - Rain Dogs (1985)

Score: 1572 points

Biggest fans:

Nicolas (#2), Adrian (#3), tremolo (#3), SuperFurry (#4), Netjade (#5)

Comments:

When Tom Waits the Californian meets New York and digs into the underbelly of the Big Apple and in the bowels of American music. Thanks to Mark ribot, it's Wait's most guitar-oriented album, with some of his very best songs ("Time", "Jockey Full of Burbon", "Hang Down Your Head) (Nicolas)

From polka to tango, from country to cabaret, from blues to power ballads, the strong music personality of Waits could effortlessly stick it together. (Honorio)

Place in the 1985 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 22

#5



The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead (1986)

Score: 1623 points

Biggest fans:

Midaso (#1), Honorio (#2), BillAdama (#3), Greg (#4), Fred (#6), tremolo (#6), Mo (#6)

Comments:

It’s not by chance that we have in the final Top 100 the complete discography of The Smiths, the best band of the 80s in my opinion. “The Queen Is Dead” is their peak, with Morrissey going from anger to humour, from self-pity to mad romanticism and with Johnny Marr providing the best backing possible with his prodigiously delicate guitars. (Honorio)

Place in the 1986 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 3






#4



Talking Heads - Remain In Light (1980)

Score: 1670 points

Biggest fans:

Andre (#1), Michel (#2), Honorio (#5), Greg (#5), otisredding (#7)

Comments:

The confluence of the angular pop of their first offerings and their peculiar brand of cold-funk created this groundbreaking work of art. Influences of world music, synth-pop, goth rock and ambient music (courtesy of producer Brian Eno) added more interesting textures to the mix. Music for dancing with your brain. (Honorio)

Place in the 1980 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 6






#3



Prince - Sign 'O' The Times (1987)

Score: 1696 points

Biggest fans:

Harold Wexler (#2), Toni (#2), Nicolas (#4), Rocky Raccoon (#4), BillAdama (#5), Sonofsamiam (#5)

Comments:

One of the few perfect double albums in the history of pop music. Every song could be a single. (Nicolas)

After years helping to develop the '80s style of pop-funk, Prince abandoned all the commercial interests to make an all timeless album. From minimalistic (Sign O' the Times) to the most grandiloquent (The Cross), he showed 16 different ways of making grove based on all the black music styles (and other genres either!). Lighter (Adore) or sexiest than never (Slow Love) R&B; enchanting romantic pop (Starfish and Coffee); flerts with jazz (The Ballad of Dorothy Parker) and with hip hop (Housequake); funk of primer quality (It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night, Srange Relationship); dancing guitar-synthesizer pop (I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man); and also the already known Prince's style of music (U Got the Look). Delightful. (Toni)

A succulent banquet of contemporary music, displaying a varied amount of delicacies cooked with inventiveness, craft and inspiration. (Honorio)

Place in the 1987 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 2

#2



Prince - Purple Rain (1984)

Score: 1799 points

Biggest fans:

Sonofsamiam (#1), Henrik (#1), Rocky Raccoon (#1), Nicolas (#3), otisredding (#5), Midaso (#5), Jonah (#5), Greg Rumpff (#5)

Comments:

Although a lot of his fans prefer 1999, I agree with AM that Purple Rain us Prince's best album. Why ? Because it is his most consistent and cohesive album, with this pop-funk crossover that became his signature. Because of its intensity (just check out the first song), and because of the title track and "When Doves Cry". (Nicolas)

Prince's Thriller (a much more freak one, for sure). Not his best album, but still an incredible collection of inspired songs which, don't know why, give me always a scientific fiction movie climate while listening to it, although I have never watched the real "Purple Rain" film, and have no idea of what its about. (Toni)

Prince went straight to the top with “Purple Rain”, following the successful path he was traveling with “1999”. He approached to classic rock (he built his own stairway to heaven with the title track) gaining a massive audience mainly white. But in fact he continued doing the best black music possible, solidly founded on funk and soul. (Honorio)

Place in the 1984 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 9






#1



Pixies - Doolittle (1989)

Score: 1812 points

Biggest fans:

Fred (#1), Jonah (#2), Michel (#3), Harold Wexler (#3), Midaso (#3)

Comments:

Indie rock can’t get better. The loud-quiet-loud dynamics, the noisy guitars and the bizarre lyrical themes (mutilation, bleeding, “Un chien andalou”) were still here, but the band showed in their second full-length album a complete command for pop hooks, with special mention to Kim Deal, to her melodic bass lines and to her delicious backing vocals. (Honorio)

Place in the 1989 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 12

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Re: Top 100 albums and songs of the 1980s

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Top 100 Songs

#100



AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long (1980)

Score: 817 points

Biggest fans:

Nicolas (#14), Stephan (#14), Harold Wexler (#18)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1980 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 56



#99



The Rolling Stones - Start Me Up (1981)

Score: 823 points

Biggest fans:

Greg Rumpff (#13), SuperFurry (#16), Miguel (#18)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1981 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 85



#98



Mission Of Burma - That's When I Reach For My Revolver (1981)

Score: 837 points

Biggest fans:

John (#6), Harold Wexler (#14)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1981 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 137



#97



The Replacements - Alex Chilton (1987)

Score: 840 points

Biggest fans:

John (#7), Lonesomepanda (#19)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1987 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 222



#96



Metallica - Master Of Puppets (1986)

Score: 844 points

Biggest fans:

Lonesomepanda (#12), John (#14), Sonofsamiam (#14), Henrik (#20)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1986 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 218



#95



The Church - Under The Milky Way (1988)

Score: 855 points

Biggest fans:

Mitchell Stirling (#25)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1988 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 302



#94



The Jesus And Mary Chain - Some Candy Talking (1986)

Score: 861 points

Biggest fans:

SuperFurry (#10, Mitchell Stirling (#11), pop elton (#22), Snusmumrik (#25)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1986 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 233



#93



Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The World (1985)

Score: 887 points

Biggest fans:

Midaso (#3), Greg (#5), Greg Rumpff (#9)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1985 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 386



#92



Dire Straits - Money For Nothing (1985)

Score: 889 points

Biggest fans:

Greg Rumpff (#5), Jonah (#6), BillAdama (#25)

Comments:

What once seemed edgy is now so boring. And that headband … for shame, Mr. Knopfler, for shame. (Sonofsamiam)

Place in the 1985 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 419



#91



The Replacements - I Will Dare (1984)

Score: 896 points

Biggest fans:

Harold Wexler (#12), John (#16), LonesomePanda (#18), tremolo (#19), Rocky Raccoon (#22)

Comments:

This distills everything good about them – it's ragged yet tuneful, rocking but with an air of exhaustion. And it stands out of time. (Sonofsamiam)

Place in the 1984 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 142



#90



Public Enemy - Black Steel In The Hour of Chaos (1988)

Score: 904 points

Biggest fans:

Greg (#10), Rocky Raccoon (#17), Netjade (#25), Sonofsamiam (#25), LonesomePanda (#25)

Comments:

Prison insurrection never sounded so good. (Honorio)

Place in the 1988 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 370



#89



Metallica - One (1988)

Score: 905 points

Biggest fans:

LonesomePanda (#3), Nicolas (#6), pop elton (#12)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1988 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 364



#88



Laurie Anderson - O Superman (1981)

Score: 910 points

Biggest fans:

tremolo (#4), Sonofsamiam (#6), Netjade (#18), Michel (#20)

Comments:

A masterpiece of minimalism, performance art, and making repetition beautiful. The references to answering machines and other early-‘80s "modernities" only make it more enjoyable. (I wonder how well such early oughts references will play out 25 years down the road? I'm looking for my 8-minute ironic pop ode to texting, stat!) (Sonofsamiam)

Place in the 1988 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 69



#87



Run-D.M.C. - Walk This Way (1986)

Score: 916 points

Biggest fans:

Toni (#11), Nicolas (#12), SuperFurry (#17)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1986 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 9



#86



Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls (1985)

Score: 917 points

Biggest fans:

Greg (#16), Greg Rumpff (#17), Henrik (#17), Adrian (#25), Toni (#25)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1985 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 68



#85



Billy Bragg - A New England (1983)

Score: 925 points

Biggest fans:

Sonofsamiam (#8), Netjade (#11), LonesomePanda (#20), tremolo (#25)

Comments:

Where MacColl took Billy Bragg's lovely song, added a verse, some production gloss, a decidedly female take, an accentuation on melody, and therefore absolutely kicked the ass of (the admittedly fine) original all over the room. One of the great ‘'80s singles from an artist that doesn't get nearly her proper due. (Sonofsamiam)

Place in the 1983 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 313



#84



R.E.M. - So. Central Rain (1988)

Score: 931 points

Biggest fans:

Andre (#4), Miguel (#22), Michel (#24)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1988 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 389



#83



The Jam - That's Entertainment (1980)

Score: 942 points

Biggest fans:

Michel (#6), John (#17)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1980 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 71



#82



The Stone Roses - Fools Gold (1989)

Score: 948 points

Biggest fans:

Andre (#7), Fred (#15), Netjade (#16)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1989 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 18



#81



Public Enemy - Don't Believe The Hype (1988)

Score: 959 points

Biggest fans:

Honorio (#10), Adrian (#11), otisredding (#17), SuperFurry (#25)

Comments:

Every musician in his right mind accepts gladly the hype. Probably they wouldn’t admit it easily, but I can imagine them looking to the end of year lists to see their position. But not Public Enemy, even when they really were talking about the hype from the mass media they slipped a line like this one: “Writers treat me like Coltrane, insane”. Amazing. (Honorio)

Place in the 1988 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 89



#80



Elvis Costello - I Want You (1986)

Score: 962 points

Biggest fans:

Henrik (#6), Fred (#15), Netjade (#20), Adrian (#21)

Comments:

The best of all stalker songs? (Sonofsamiam)

The most harsh and intense love song, about a love that scares him to death, about the hurting of betrayal. “I want you / I’m not ashamed to say I cried for you”. (Honorio)

Place in the 1986 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 159



#79



Public Enemy - Bring The Noise (1987)

Score: 963 points

Biggest fans:

Netjade (#3), Sonofsamiam (#3)

Comments:

Still one hell of a statement of intent, despite, or perhaps because of, references of Yoko Ono, Sonny Bono, and Anthrax. (Sonofsamiam)

Place in the 1987 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 19



#78



The Clash - Rock The Casbah (1982)

Score: 965 points

Biggest fans:

Greg (#11), Greg Rumpff (#12), Toni (#12), Snusmumrik (#15)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1982 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 64



#77



Chris Isaak - Wicked Game (1989)

Score: 969 points

Biggest fans:

Greg (#7), Henrik (#10), Netjade (#10), Honorio (#20), Greg Rumpff (#20)

Comments:

Those ethereal guitar sounds may come from the 50s but created a ghostly atmosphere contemporary and in par with David Lynch disturbing universes. (Honorio)

Place in the 1989 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 150



#76



Roxy Music - More Than This (1982)

Score: 969 points

Biggest fans:

Greg (#2), Miguel (#4), Moonbeam (#25)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1982 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 231



#75



Queen & David Bowie - Under Pressure (1981)

Score: 973 points

Biggest fans:

Snusmumrik (#5), LonesomePanda (#10), Jonah (#11), Toni (#16)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1981 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 164



#74



Bob Dylan - Blind Willie McTell (1983)

Score: 975 points

Biggest fans:

Sonofsamiam (#4), Mo (#11), John (#13), Nicolas (#15), otisredding (#22)

Comments:

It's testament to how off-track Dylan got in the ‘80s that he decided not to release this, surely his best, most major work in years. Thank goodness for the Bootleg sessions, so more people could be exposed to this incredible, note-perfect homage to the blues master. (Sonofsamiam)

Place in the 1983 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 230



#73



Talking Heads - Burning Down The House (1983)

Score: 976 points

Biggest fans:

John (#8), Miguel (#13), Jonah (#16), Fred (#18)

Comments:

This sounded like it came from a completely other world when it blasted out of my little radio in 1983. Takes the polyrhythms explored on Remain in Light and sweetens them up a bit for pop radio, though the whole thing is pretty insane, Byrne's vocal especially. (Sonofsamiam)

Place in the 1983 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 179



#72



Bruce Springsteen - Born In The U.S.A. (1984)

Score: 976 points

Biggest fans:

Stephan (#8), Nicolas (#10), Snusmumrik (#14), Harold Wexler (#15), Greg Rumpff (#20)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1984 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 27



#71



Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing (1982)

Score: 987 points

Biggest fans:

Miguel (#1), Greg Rumpff (#14), otisredding (#16), Nicolas (#20), Fred (#21)

Comments:

The swan song of Gaye was one of his best songs, with pure sensuality emanating from a blanket of synthesizers and music boxes. (Honorio)

Place in the 1982 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 16



#70



Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up (1989)

Score: 992 points

Biggest fans:

Nicolas (#1), Henrik (#1), Netjade (#1), Honorio (#12), Moonbeam (#13)

Comments:

Indubitably one of the defining moments of the 80s. (Sonofsamiam)

One of my all-time favorite songs! (Honorio)

Place in the 1987 poll: Wildcard

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: Undeservedly not even bubbling!



#70



Tom Waits - Time (1985)

Score: 992 points

Biggest fans:

Nicolas (#4), Sonofsamiam (#5), Greg (#13), BillAdama (#24), Fred (#25)

Comments:

An emotional., traditional core in the midst of all the other wonderful ‘n' wacky goings-on on <i>Rain Dogs</i> – this proves that Waits still could write a ballad when he wanted to, and could still deliver something utterly timeless. Heart-rending and perfect. (Sonofsamiam)

Place in the 1985 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: Bubbling under



#69



The Smiths - The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (1985)

Score: 997 points

Biggest fans:

Andre (#6), Fred (#13), pop elton (#15), Mo (#16), Midaso (#17), tremolo (#17)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1985 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 471



#68



New Order - Ceremony (1981)

Score: 1002 points

Biggest fans:

Moonbeam (#8), pop elton (#10), Midaso (#12), Mitchell Stirling (#12), Adrian (#23)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1981 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 268



#67



Squeeze - Tempted (1981)

Score: 1004 points

Biggest fans:

Toni (#4), John (#4), Greg Rumpff (#6), SuperFurry (#19)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1981 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 228



#66



Madonna - Into The Groove (1985)

Score: 1005 points

Biggest fans:

Snusmumrik (#6), Honorio (#15), Toni (#18), Moonbeam (#18), Miguel (#19)

Comments:

Maybe this is the perfect song to describe the sound of the 80s, this bright electronic sound that apparently many people detest (and some of us love). (Honorio)

Place in the 1985 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 29



#65



The Police - Every Breath You Take (1983)

Score: 1012 points

Biggest fans:

Stephan (#7), Rocky Raccoon (#8), Greg Rumpff (#8), Nicolas (#23), Harold Wexler (#24), Snusmumrik (#24)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1983 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 5



#64



The Smiths - Bigmouth Strikes Again (1986)

Score: 1013 points

Biggest fans:

Michel (#2), Fred (#10), Adrian (#19), John (#23), Mo (#23)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1986 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 287



#63



Da La Soul - Me Myself And I (1989)

Score: 1022 points

Biggest fans:

LonesomePanda (#8), Netjade (#14), Andre (#17), otisredding (#21), Honorio (#21)

Comments:

There are other tracks I like more on 3 Feet High and Rising, but this is still one of the finest singles of rap's golden age. (Sonofsamiam)

Some people called them hippies, but there’s one thing De La Soul were not: conformists. “Style is surely our own thing / not the false disguise of showbiz”. (Honorio)

Place in the 1989 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 104



#62



New Order - Temptation (1982)

Score: 1027 points

Biggest fans:

Mitchell Stirling (#7), Moonbeam (#7), Midaso (#8), Toni (#13), tremolo (#23)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1982 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 96



#61



This Mortal Coil - Song To The Siren (1983)

Score: 1027 points

Biggest fans:

pop elton (#1), Snusmumrik (#8), Henrik (#8), Netjade (#19), Mitchell Stirling (#19)

Comments:

Somehow makes Tim Buckley's most ethereal song much more ethereal. (Sonofsamiam)

Place in the 1983 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 199



#60



Robert Wyatt - Shipbuilding (1982)

Score: 1031 points

Biggest fans:

Mitchell Stirling (#5), tremolo (#11), Netjade (#12), SuperFurry (#21), otisredding (#23)

Comments:

Wyatt + Costello + Falklands War = a terrific song that shows the complexity of real life. War offers possibilities for shipbuilding workers but also the possible death of their own sons. (Honorio)

Place in the 1982 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 127



#659



The Replacements - Unsatisfied (1984)

Score: 1031 points

Biggest fans:

Harold Wexler (#1), Greg (#1), BillAdama (#5), Stephan (#12), John (#21)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1984 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 531



#58



Soft Cell - Tainted Love (1981)

Score: 1038 points

Biggest fans:

Greg Rumpff (#7), otisredding (#13), Honorio (#16), Moonbeam (#16), Miguel (#21)

Comments:

The best cover of the 80s. Marc Almond and Dave Ball proved that electronic music by no means was the same as cold music. (Honorio)

Place in the 1981 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 17



#57



Pixies - Gigantic (1988)

Score: 1041 points

Biggest fans:

Mo (#3), tremolo (#5), Mitchell Stirling (#14), Jonah (#15), BillAdama (#16)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1988 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 83



#56



The Sugarcubes - Birthday (1987)

Score: 1044 points

Biggest fans:

pop elton (#6), Mitchel Stirling (#9), Midaso (#13), Adrian (#18), Michel (#19)

Comments:

The coming on stage of Björk showed her confidence and complete command of her voice and presence. Fortunately Einar didn’t sing in this one. (Honorio)

Place in the 1983 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 62



#55



Violent Femmes - Blister In The Sun (1983)

Score: 1049 points

Biggest fans:

LonesomePanda (#4), BillAdama (#7), Harold Wexler (#13), Jonah (#13), Greg Rumpff (#16)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1983 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 26



#54



R.E.M. - Fall On Me (1986)

Score: 1052 points

Biggest fans:

Miguel (#6), Andre (#11), Michel (#13), tremolo (#13), Toni (#19)

Comments:

Cryptic ecologist messages (“ask the sky / don’t fall on me” refers to acid rain), the usual Buck jangly guitars and the preciously intertwined vocals of Stipe and Mills. (Honorio)

Place in the 1986 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 274



#53



Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer (1986)

Score: 1053 points

Biggest fans:

Toni (#1), Jonah (#5), Miguel (#8), Harold Wexler (#19)

Comments:

The best cover of the 80s. Marc Almond and Dave Ball proved that electronic music by no means was the same as cold music. (Honorio)

Place in the 1986 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 153




#52



Joy Division - Atmosphere (1980)

Score: 1054 points

Biggest fans:

Adrian (#6), Midaso (#6), Mitchell Stirling (#13), Greg (#15), pop elton (#18)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1980 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 147



#51



Bruce Springsteen - Atlantic City (1982)

Score: 1072 points

Biggest fans:

Michel (#3), Miguel (#10), Sonofsamiam (#12), Adrian (#17), Nicolas (#18)

Comments:

My favorite Bruce song, among many great tracks on <i>Nebraska</i>. This may not have quite the stark production as the rest, but don't let that fool you - this is still strong medicine. (Sonofsamiam)

Place in the 1982 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: Not yet listed



#50



Tracy Chapman - Fast Car (1988)

Score: 1078 points

Biggest fans:

pop elton (#5), Moonbeam (#11), Stephan (#13), BillAdama (#14), Rocky Raccoon (#14)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1988 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 59



#49



R.E.M. - World Leader Pretend (1988)

Score: 1081 points

Biggest fans:

Andre (#1), Jonah (#2), Michel (#5), Toni (#14), Mo (#18)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1988 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 451

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#48



XTC - Dear God (1987)

Score: 1084 points

Biggest fans:

LonesomePanda (#2), tremolo (#6), Mo (#17), Andre (#19), Netjade (#22)

Comments:

Non believers like me need this kind of songs to compensate for many centuries of religious songs. The argument is crystal clear: dear God, if you exist, please do something for us. (Honorio)

Place in the 1987 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 277

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#47



R.E.M. - The One I Love (1987)

Score: 1086 points

Biggest fans:

Michel (#11), Snusmumrik (#13), Andre (#14), Mo (#15), Rocky Raccoon (#21)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1987 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 95



#46



The Jesus And Mary Chain - Just Like Honey (1985)

Score: 1104 points

Biggest fans:

otisredding (#6), Adrian (#14), Midaso (#16), pop elton (#16), Mitchell Stirling (#18)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1985 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 90



#45



Pixies - Here Comes Your Man (1989)

Score: 1106 points

Biggest fans:

BillAdama (#8), Toni (#9), Jonah (#10), John (#12), Stephan (#16)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1989 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: Bubbling Under

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#44



The Cure - Lullaby (1989)

Score: 1111 points

Biggest fans:

LonesomePanda (#1), Henrik (#2), pop elton (#9), Mo (#10), Moonbeam (#12)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1989 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 361



#43



The Cure - A Forest (1980)

Score: 1114 points

Biggest fans:

Moonbeam (#3), LonesomePana (#7), Michel (#8), Henrik (#13), Andre (#13)

Comments:

Tense, paranoid single that basically pointed the way toward the rest of the Cure's career. I'll always love that chord progression. (Sonofsamiam)

Place in the 1980 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 352



#42



Prince - Little Red Corvette (1982)

Score: 1119 points

Biggest fans:

Rocky Racoon (#4), Snusmumrik (#10), Mo (#13), Midaso (#14), Sonofsamiam (#19), Greg Rumpff (#19)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1982 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 8



#41



The Jam - Going Underground (1980)

Score: 1124 points

Biggest fans:

otisredding (#1), Adrian (#2), Honorio (#4), Netjade (#9), Mitchell Stirling (#10)

Comments:

The pioneers of power-pop. The pop came from the sixties but the power came from the punk. And the fury too. Paul Weller attacked the mass media and the military policy of Thatcher government: “You choose your leaders and place your trust / as their lies wash you down and their promises rust / you’ll see kidney machines replaced by rockets and guns”. (Honorio)

Place in the 1980 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 41



#40



The Smiths - This Charming Man (1983)

Score: 1125 points

Biggest fans:

pop elton (#4), Mitchell Stirling (#4), Adrian (#15), Michel (#17), Greg (#1

Comments:

None

Place in the 1983 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 12



#39



Bob Marley & The Wailers - Redemption Song (1980)

Score: 1135 points

Biggest fans:

Rocky Raccoon (#3), Adrian (#4), Sonofsamiam (#13), Nicolas (#16), pop elton (#17)

Comments:

The title is as good a description as any – it's Marley's swan song, and he sings it as such. (Sonofsamiam)

Place in the 1980 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 245



#38



Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) (1983)

Score: 1145 points

Biggest fans:

Snusmumrik (#1), Moonbeam (#2), Stephan (#2), Henrik (#9), Andre (#9)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1983 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 43



#37



U2 - Pride (In The Name Of Love) (1984)

Score: 1153 points

Biggest fans:

Harold Wexler (#3), Rocky Raccoon (#7), Miguel (#7), Jonah (#9), Stephan (#15)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1984 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 42



#36



Pixies - Where Is My Mind? (1988)

Score: 1154 points

Biggest fans:

Toni (#7), Fred (#9), pop elton (#13), John (#15), Mitchell Stirling (#16)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1988 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 108



#35



R.E.M. - It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) (1987)

Score: 1111 points

Biggest fans:

Stephan (#9), Rocky Raccoon (#10), Snusmumrik (#12), SuperFurry (#15), Andre (#16)

Comments:

Not really an end. In many ways it was the beginning of the world of pop music as we know it by now. And yes, I feel fine too. (Honorio)

Place in the 1987 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 49



#34



Neil Young - Rockin' In The Free World (1989)

Score: 1154 points

Biggest fans:

Andre (#5), Miguel (#5), Fred (#6), Nicolas (#8), BillAdama (#13)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1989 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 72



#33



Prince - Let's Go Crazy (1984)

Score: 1159 points

Biggest fans:

Rocky Raccoon (#1), Moonbeam (#4), Toni (#5), Greg Rumpff (#11), Jonah (#17)

Comments:

One of the great album-openers, with Prince at the pulpit commanding us to dance and to, well, go crazy. The guitar on this is fucking mind-blowing, and I guarantee any party will be injected with 100% more energy when this gets played. (Sonofsamiam)

Place in the 1980 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 356



#32



New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle (1986)

Score: 1174 points

Biggest fans:

Midaso (#4), Honorio (#5), Toni (#8), Fred (#10), Mo (#12)

Comments:

Lessons of survival. After the suicide of leader Ian Curtis, New Order succeeded in finding a new sound taking the mystery and darkness to the dance floor, creating songs equally moving polished with sumptuous electronic clothes or, like Frente!’s cover, naked or barely dressed with a simple acoustic guitar. Every time I see you falling… (Honorio)

Place in the 1982 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 175



#31



Prince - Raspberry Beret (1985)

Score: 1179 points

Biggest fans:

Miguel (#2), Toni (#6), Fred (#10), Rocky Raccoon (#12), Greg Rumpff (#15)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1985 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 294



#30



R.E.M. - Radio Free Europe (1981)

Score: 1187 points

Biggest fans:

Toni (#3), Jonah (#8), Harold Wexler (#9), Michel (#9), Adrian (#13)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1980 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 34



#29



Tom Waits - Downtown Train (1985)

Score: 1187 points

Biggest fans:

BillAdama (#3), Miguel (#3), Midaso (#5), SuperFurry (#9), tremolo (#12)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1983 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 249



#28



Pixies - Monkey Gone To Heaven (1989)

Score: 1189 points

Biggest fans:

Honorio (#7), Michel (#10), Fred (#15), Harold Wexler (#17), Adrian (#18)

Comments:

Weird numerological/ecological tale, which has probably taken a hit in my list due to my ‘90s Pixies o.d. Still brilliant. (Sonofsamiam)

Pixies at their most epic. Cryptic lyrics with an unclear ecologist message (with references to the ozone layer and global warming) and strange religious imagery (or should I say numerology: “If man is 5 (faith?) then the devil is 6 (sex?) and God is 7 (heaven?)”). And the most subdued string section ever, discreetly mixed with the usual furious guitar attacks. (Honorio)

Place in the 1983 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 32



#27



The Cure - Just Like Heaven (1987)

Score: 1190 points

Biggest fans:

Mo (#2), Greg Rumpff (#4), otisredding (#8), Greg (#8), John (#9)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1988 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 52



#26



Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five - The Message (1982)

Score: 1190 points

Biggest fans:

Sonofsamiam (#2), SuperFurry (#3), Netjade (#4), Henrik (#4), BillAdama (#15)

Comments:

Some complain this is dated – those people are clearly insane. Melle Mel delivers a clear-eyed view on the travails of ghetto life, and in so doing changes the landscape of hip-hop for good. Stark, straightforward, and extremely smart. (Sonofsamiam)

Place in the 1984 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 1



#25



U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday (1983)

Score: 1209 points

Biggest fans:

Andre (#8), BillAdama (#9), Harold Wexler (#10), Greg Rumpff (#10), Stephan (#11)

Comments:

One of the most memorable drum intros opens a passionate song about the (not memorable at all) massacre of Irish protesters from British troops. (Honorio)

Place in the 1983 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 30



#24



Bruce Springsteen - The River (1980)

Score: 1211 points

Biggest fans:

Nicolas (#1), SuperFurry (#6), Honorio (#8), Miguel (#9), Andre (#10), Stephan (#10)

Comments:

The American dream being pursued by our born-to-runners has evaporated – this is one of the most pessismistic views of marriage, work, and growing up (from the guy who wrote "Growin' Up") that's ever been written. Harrowing because of the truths it speaks to. (Sonofsamiam)

The real story of Springsteen sister told from the point of view of his brother-in-law exemplifies the broken dreams of a whole generation, the young people growing up on the 70s just to face the big difference between their dreams and their reality. “All the things that seemed so important / well, mister, they vanished right into the air”. (Honorio)

Place in the 1980 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 239



#23



Public Enemy - Fight The Power (1989)

Score: 1215 points

Biggest fans:

tremolo (#1), otisredding (#3), Sonofsamiam (#7), Netjade (#8), Rocky Raccoon (#9)

Comments:

One of the great openings in movie history: Rosie Perez in full-‘80s regalia dancing to "Fight the Power". And now VH-1 has lauded it as the greatest hip-hop track ever. I knew they had to get <i>something</i> right eventually. (Sonofsamiam)

Place in the 1989 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 7

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#22



Prince - Kiss (1986)

Score: 1225 points

Biggest fans:

Honorio (#3), Henrik (#5), Miguel (#15), Harold Wexler (#16), Nicolas (#17)

Comments:

I hear this at every goddamn wedding reception I attend. And you know what? I end up on the dancefloor making an ass of myself every time. There's gotta be something said for that. (Sonofsamiam)

DMSR. Dance, music, sex, romance. A bomb for the dance floor, an immediate hit of funky music based on a minimalist electronic backing and on sensual wah-wah guitars, a hot plea for sex (“I just need your body, baby, from dusk till dawn”) and the best example possible of seduction in music, of music for romance. (Honorio)

Place in the 1986 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 15



#21



U2 - With Or Without You (1987)

Score: 1232 points

Biggest fans:

Stephan (#1), Rocky Raccoon (#5), Henrik (#7), pop elton (#11), Michel (#12)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1987 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 45



Note: At this point I realized I'd made a mistake with one of the lists, which resulted in many changes, the actual list is as follows:

100) AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long (100)
99) Rolling Stones, The - Start Me Up (99)
98) Mission Of Burma - That's When I Reach For My Revolver (98)
97) Metallica - Master Of Puppets (96)
96) Replacements, The - Alex Chilton (97)
95) Jesus And Mary Chain, The - Some Candy Talking (94)
94) Church, The - Under The Milky Way (95)
93) Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The World (93)
92) Dire Straits - Money For Nothing (92)
91) Replacements, The - I Will Dare (91)
90) Public Enemy - Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos (90)
89) Metallica - One (89)
88) Anderson, Laurie - O Superman (88)
87) Run-D.M.C. - Walk This Way (87)
86) Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls (86)
85) Bragg, Billy - A New England (85)
84) Queen & David Bowie - Under Pressure (75)
83) Jam, The - That's Entertainment (83)
82) R.E.M. - So. Central Rain (84)
81) Stone Roses, The - Fools Gold (82)
80) Clash, The - Rock The Casbah (78)
79) Public Enemy - Don't Believe The Hype (81)
78) Costello, Elvis - I Want You (80)
77) Springsteen, Bruce - Born In The U.S.A. (72)
76) Chris Isaak - Wicked Game (77)
75) Roxy Music - More Than This (76)
74) Public Enemy - Bring The Noise (79)
73) Madonna - Into The Groove (66)
72) Dylan, Bob - Blind Willie McTell (74)
71) Talking Heads - Burning Down The House (73)
70) Gaye, Marvin - Sexual Healing (71)
69) Waits, Tom - Time (70)
68) New Order - Ceremony (68)
67) This Mortal Coil - Song To The Siren (61)
66) Squeeze - Tempted (67)
65) Smiths, The - The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (69)
64) Smiths, The - Bigmouth Strikes Again (64)
63) Police, The - Every Breath You Take (65)
62) De La Soul - Me Myself And I (63)
61) New Order - Temptation (62)
60) Wyatt, Robert - Shipbuilding (60)
59) Replacements, The - Unsatisfied (59)
58) Pixies - Gigantic (57)
57) Soft Cell - Tainted Love (58)
56) Sugarcubes, The - Birthday (56)
55) R.E.M. - Fall On Me (54)
54) Gabriel, Peter - Sledgehammer (53)
53) Violent Femmes - Blister In The Sun (55)
52) Joy Division - Atmosphere (52)
51) Springsteen, Bruce - Atlantic City (51)
50) R.E.M. - The One I Love (47)
49) Chapman, Tracy - Fast Car (50)
48) R.E.M. - World Leader Pretend (49)
47) XTC - Dear God (48)
46) Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) (38)
45) Prince - Little Red Corvette (42)
44) Cure, The - Lullaby (44)
43) Pixies - Here Comes Your Man (45)
42) Cure, The - A Forest (43)
41) Jesus And Mary Chain, The - Just Like Honey (46)
40) Smiths, The - This Charming Man (40)
39) Marley, Bob & The Wailers - Redemption Song (39)
38) Jam, The - Going Underground (41)
37) R.E.M. - It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) (35)
36) Pixies - Where Is My Mind? (36)
35) Young, Neil - Rockin' In The Free World (34)
34) Prince - Let's Go Crazy (33)
33) U2 - Pride (In The Name Of Love) (37)
32) New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle (32)
31) Prince - Raspberry Beret (31)
30) Waits, Tom - Downtown Train (29)
29) R.E.M. - Radio Free Europe (30)
28) Pixies - Monkey Gone to Heaven (28)
27) Cure, The - Just Like Heaven (27)
26) Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five - The Message (26)
25) Cure, The - Inbetween Days (19)
24) U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday (25)
23) Public Enemy - Fight The Power (23)
22) Stone Roses, The - I Am The Resurrection (17)
21) Prince - Kiss (22)

Unfortunately for The Cure and The Stone Roses, that means they dropped out of the top 20.

#25



The Cure - Inbetween Days (1985)

Score: 1143 points

Biggest fans:

pop elton (#3), Nicolas (#5), Honorio (#13), Midaso (#15), Greg (#21)

Comments:

Robert Smith knows how to make a perfect pop song, sweet, bright and danceable but incredibly sad too. “Yesterday I got so old I felt like I could die”. (Honorio)

Place in the 1985 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 246



#22



The Stone Roses - I Am The Resurrection (1989)

Score: 1169 points

Biggest fans:

tremolo (#3), Mo (#8), Fred (#9), Midaso (#10), Sonofsamiam (#11), LonesomePanda (#11)

Comments:

Out of everything on their debut, this has always been The One. Goes from ultra-cocky, assured Brit-pop blueprint into fuckin' ass-shakin' mega-rock-jam breakdown, it's worth every second of its 8+ minutes. I'd been going through a classic rock and prog phase – this was a prime mover in at least partially turning that tide. (Sonofsamiam)

Place in the 1989 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 275



20) Bruce Springsteen - The River (24)
19) U2 - With Or Without You (21)

#18



Echo and The Bunnymen - The Killing Moon (1984)

Score: 1181 points

Biggest fans:

Netjade (#2), Mitchell Stirling (#6), Mo (#6), Honorio (#11), Sonofsamiam (#17)

Comments:

There's no doubting that good rock music will always have room for overdramatic, orchestral ballads with vague middle-eastern undertones sung by tall, pasty, pretentious white men. God love 'em. (Sonofsamiam)

Majestic. The first song recorded for the “Ocean Rain” sessions marked the tone of the rest of the album. And what a tone. Elegant, mysterious and, yes, majestic. (Honorio)

Place in the 1984 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 135



#17



Prince - Purple Rain (1984)

Score: 1182 points

Biggest fans:

Sonofsamiam (#1), John (#11), SuperFurry (#13), Nicolas (#13), tremolo (#16)

Comments:

The power ballad to end them all – Prince stated he was actually going for a country-western feel with this! Regardless, no other master of funk and pop ever created a lighter-waver like this one. Man, and I just took it all for granted on the radio in 1984… (Sonofsamiam)

Prince built his own stairway to heaven with this song, fusing gospel with classic rock in a deeply emotional way. For listening with tears in your eyes. (Honorio)

Place in the 1984 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 63



#16



Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Mercy Seat (1988)

Score: 1185 points

Biggest fans:

Adrian (#1), pop elton (#7), SuperFurry (#8), tremolo (#8), Mo (#9)

Comments:

Breathless, seething first-person horror, played out from the point-of-view of a killer on the chair, <i>while</i> he's dying. (Sonofsamiam)

Place in the 1988 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 130



#15



The Human League - Don't You Want Me (1981)

Score: 1209 points

Biggest fans:

otisredding (#2), John (#3), Stephan (#4), Miguel (#11), Moonbeam (#13)

Comments:

The blend of blank female vocals with the over-stylized male vocal shouldn't work, but does in absolute spades. Also check out the somehow simultaneously annoying and mesmerizing "(Keep Feelin') Fascination". (Sonofsamiam)

Place in the 1981 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 25



#14



Prince - 1999 (1982)

Score: 1237 points

Biggest fans:

Moonbeam (#1), Greg Rumpff (#3), John (#5), Jonah (#7), Midaso (#9)

Comments:

When I first heard this as a young pup in 1983, it blew my mind. All those different vocal parts trading off, something about partying and something about nuclear war, it rocked but you could dance to it, what the hell was this? I still feel the same way. (Sonofsamiam)

Place in the 1982 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 51



#13



Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine (1987)

Score: 1239 points

Biggest fans:

Stephan (#3), Nicolas (#3), Greg (#4), Harold Wexler (#5), BillAdama (#6)

Comments:

One of my best friends got married about a year ago, and the reception was pretty much standard-fare wedding "classics" – some disco, some pop, some slow songs, some contemporary-but-safe hits. Then, out of nowhere, "Sweet Child O' Mine" came on. And suddenly, it seemed EVERYONE surged onto the dancefloor (at least all those between 18 and 48) and collectively became a giant karaoke, air-guitar-playing mass of drunken glee. It was in fact a musical epiphany for me – G&R, with this song at least, bridged and transcended so many cultural gaps. (Sonofsamiam)

Instant classic. The guitar intro by Slash (very difficult to play, I must say) went straight to the pantheon of the most memorable guitar intros ever. (Honorio)

Place in the 1987 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 11



#12



Sonic Youth - Teenage Riot (1988)

Score: 1249 points

Biggest fans:

Jonah (#4), SuperFurry (#5), LonesomePanda (#5), Harold Wexler (#6), tremolo (#7)

Comments:

This was a real clarion call for me at the time; there was more out there than Top 40 that was growing stale, hair metal, and classic rock, and I was just realizing it. (Sonofsamiam)

One of the most influential songs ever, the combination of furious guitars and melody ignited the fuse of a bomb that exploded years later, in the early 90s. (Honorio)

Place in the 1988 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 31



#11



Prince - Sign 'O' The Times (1987)

Score: 1268 points

Biggest fans:

otisredding (#5), Moonbeam (#5), Netjade (#6), Adrian (#10), Nicolas (#11)

Comments:

Prince did his own take on protest song with this one. AIDS, drug abuse, poverty, gang violence or hurricanes never were so funky. (Honorio)

Place in the 1987 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 14



#10



Pixies - Debaser (1989)

Score: 1322 points

Biggest fans:

Fred (#3), Mitchell Stirling (#3), Mo (#7), Harold Wexler (#8), SuperFurry (#12)

Comments:

The disturbing image of “slicin’ up eyeballs” from Buñuel’s surrealistic film “Un chien andalou” was the starting point. Just imagine the rest. (Honorio)

Place in the 1989 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 40



#9



David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes (1980)

Score: 1332 points

Biggest fans:

Honorio (#1), pop elton (#2), John (#2), Nicolas (#7), otisredding (#9)

Comments:

Bowie was quite cruel with “a guy that’s been in such an early song”. In the course of a decade the heroic major Tom turned into a junkie, “strung out in heaven’s high, hitting an all-time low”. But it wasn’t the case for Bowie, he stepped firmly into the 80s as the godfather and the main inspiration for the new romantics and synth-pop heroes. (Honorio)

Place in the 1980 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 148



#8



The Specials - Ghost Town (1981)

Score: 1344 points

Biggest fans:

Netjade (#1), Mitchell Stirling (#1), Toni (#2), Henrik (#3), Adrian (#7), SuperFurry (#7)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1981 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 10

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#7



The Smiths - How Soon Is Now? (1984)

Score: 1363 points

Biggest fans:

SuperFurry (#2), BillAdama (#4), Adrian (#5), Midaso (#7), otisredding (#10)

Comments:

Johnny Marr holds a clinic in texture and mood, and Morrissey sings to all the lonely wallflowers everywhere. Also – has anyone else ever heard the double-meaning of "son and heir" with "sun and air"? I always considered it another example of Morrissey's sly narcissism, but maybe I'm just wacked. Sonofsamiam)

Place in the 1984 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 23

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#6



New Order - Blue Monday (1983)

Score: 1407 points

Biggest fans:

Jonah (#1), Andre (#2), SuperFurry (#4), Moonbeam (#6), otisredding (#7)

Comments:

In the end, it would be silly to claim that anything else is their best song. Utter brilliance, and also associated with perhaps the greatest 45 sleeve in history. (Sonofsamiam)

Place in the 1983 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 6



#5



The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (1986)

Score: 1425 points

Biggest fans:

SuperFurry (#1), Mo (#1), Midaso (#1), Honorio (#2), Greg (#6)

Comments:

Best song ever about a shared death experience, imagined or otherwise? Makes it sound romantic in its own detached way, just as Morrissey wanted it, I'm sure. (Sonofsamiam)

Love according to Morrissey. There’s escape (“take me out tonight where there’s music and people young and alive”), generational conflict (“it’s not my home, it’s their home”) and mad love (“to die by your side is such a heavenly way to die”). But it’s also an unconsummated love (“but a strange fear gripped me and I just couldn’t ask”). Pure Morrissey. (Honorio)

Place in the 1986 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 24



#4



Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime (1980)

Score: 1490 points

Biggest fans:

Michel (#1), Jonah (#3), Harold Wexler (#4), Mo (#4), Netjade (#5)

Comments:

A claustrophobic tale about the renunciation to youth ideals that comes with the middle age, when you realize that you’ve been “letting the days go by”. (Honorio)

Place in the 1980 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 13



#3



Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart (1980)

Score: 1526 points

Biggest fans:

Midaso (#2), Mitchell Stirling (#2), tremolo (#2), Adrian (#3), Andre (#3), Greg (#3)

Comments:

No, the more than probable number 1 of our poll it’s not my number 1, although it’s in my Top 10, of course. The sadly prophetic song of Joy Division is the perfect description of the bitter end of a relationship. Routine bites hard, resentment rides high, respect run so dry and desperation takes hold. And love. Love will tear us apart. Again. (Honorio)

Place in the 1980 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 2



#2



Prince - When Doves Cry (1984)

Score: 1580 points

Biggest fans:

Greg Rumpff (#1), Harold Wexler (#2), BillAdama (#2), Rocky Raccoon (#2), LonesomePanda (#6)

Comments:

None

Place in the 1984 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 4



#1



Michael Jackson - Billie Jean (1982)[size=100]

Score: 1597 points

Biggest fans:

Henrik (#1), BillAdama (#1), John (#1), Greg Rumpff (#2), Nicolas (#2)

Comments:

The unfuckwithable catchiness and groove make it easy to miss the fact that this is a tense parable of paranoia and defensiveness. It also foreshadows Jackson's precipitous personal descent over the next 2 decades, though I'm pretty sure he wasn't a full-blown reclusive maniacal pedophile. Yet. Regardless, love the music, not the man. (Sonofsamiam)

The usual impeccable singing of Michael Jackson met here with brilliant song-writing, with lyrics about a fictional paternity suit (that posterior facts made it completely improbable). But let me point to the polite and detailed production of Quincy Jones. Every note, every sigh, every cry, every element of the song is perfectly executed and exactly placed. (Honorio)

Place in the 1982 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1980s rank: 3



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