Top Albums of 1983





Rank All Time Rank Artist Album Genres
1
70
R.E.M. Murmur Jangle Pop
2
126
Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones Experimental Rock, Singer/Songwriter
3
292
The Police Synchronicity New Wave, Pop Rock
4
305
Violent Femmes Violent Femmes Acoustic Rock, Alternative Rock, Folk Punk, Post-Punk
5
314
U2 War Alternative Rock, Post-Punk
6
343
New Order Power, Corruption & Lies New Wave, Post-Punk, Synthpop
7
713
Metallica Kill 'Em All Thrash Metal
8
814
Cyndi Lauper She's so Unusual Pop Rock
9
826
Madonna Madonna Dance-Pop
10
993
Aztec Camera High Land, Hard Rain Jangle Pop, New Wave
11
1016
Def Leppard Pyromania Glam Metal
12
1047
ZZ Top Eliminator Hard Rock, Southern Rock
13
1056
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Texas Flood Blues Rock, Electric Texas Blues
14
1088
The The Soul Mining Art Pop, New Wave
15
1173
David Bowie Let's Dance Dance-Pop, Pop Rock
16
1223
Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This...) New Wave, Synthpop
17
1259
Talking Heads Speaking in Tongues Art Pop, New Wave
18
1291
Minor Threat Out of Step EP Hardcore Punk
19
1425
Eurythmics Touch New Wave, Synthpop
20
1767
Baaba Maal & Mansour Seck Djam Leelii Mande Music, Mbalax
21
1850
Billy Idol Rebel Yell New Wave, Pop Rock
22
1963
Billy Bragg Life's a Riot with Spy vs. Spy Folk Punk, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
23
1968
Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi Film Score, Minimalism
24
2012
Culture Club Colour by Numbers New Romantic, Pop
25
2071
Elvis Costello and The Attractions Punch the Clock New Wave, Pop Soul
26
2092
Dio Holy Diver Heavy Metal
27
2205
Big Country The Crossing Celtic Rock, Pop Rock
28
2217
Womack and Womack Love Wars Soul
29
2224
U2 Under a Blood Red Sky Pop Rock, Post-Punk
30
2341
Bad Brains Rock for Light Hardcore Punk
31
2385
Lionel Richie Can't Slow Down Pop Soul
32
2454
Echo and the Bunnymen Porcupine Post-Punk
33
2461
Mötley Crüe Shout at the Devil Glam Metal, Heavy Metal
34
2472
The Go-Betweens Before Hollywood Indie Pop, Jangle Pop, Post-Punk
35
2761
Malcolm McLaren Duck Rock New Wave

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
King Sunny Adé Synchro System Jj
Charly García Clics Modernos New Wave, Pop Rock
Randy Newman Trouble in Paradise Singer/Songwriter
Mark Stewart + Maffia Learning to Cope with Cowardice Dub, Post-Punk
UB40 Labour of Love Pop Reggae
Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels Dream Pop, Post-Punk
Green on Red Gravity Talks Jangle Pop, Paisley Underground
The Robert Cray Band Bad Influence Blues Rock
The Fall Perverted by Language Post-Punk
Alan Vega Saturn Strip New Wave, Synth Punk
Paul Young No Parlez Blue Eyed Soul
Huey Lewis and The News Sports Pop Rock
X More Fun in the New World Punk Rock
Richard Thompson Hand of Kindness Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
T-Bone Burnett Proof Through the Night Singer/Songwriter
Social Distortion Mommy's Little Monster Punk Rock
Bob Dylan Infidels Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Rain Parade Emergency Third Rail Power Trip Neo-Psychedelia, Paisley Underground
Herbie Hancock Future Shock Electro
Jonathan Richman Jonathan Sings! Indie Pop
Marillion Script for a Jester's Tear Neo-Prog
Wipers Over the Edge Post-Punk, Punk Rock
Yello You Gotta Say Yes to Another Excess Electropop, Synthpop
The Chameleons Script of the Bridge Post-Punk
John Cougar Mellencamp Uh-Huh Heartland Rock
Jason & The Scorchers Fervor EP Cowpunk
Van Morrison Inarticulate Speech of the Heart Singer/Songwriter, Soft Rock
Tears for Fears The Hurting Synthpop
Paul Simon Hearts and Bones Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Lou Reed Legendary Hearts Rock
The Replacements Hootenanny Punk Rock
Brian Eno Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks Soundtracks, Space Ambient
Mink DeVille Where Angels Fear to Tread Pop Rock
Suicidal Tendencies Suicidal Tendencies Hardcore Punk, Skate Punk
Depeche Mode Construction Time Again New Wave, Synthpop