Top Albums of 1985





Rank All Time Rank Artist Album Genres
1
82
The Jesus and Mary Chain Psychocandy Noise Pop, Post-Punk
2
92
Tom Waits Rain Dogs Experimental Rock, Singer/Songwriter
3
158
Kate Bush Hounds of Love Art Pop, Progressive Pop
4
289
Prefab Sprout Steve McQueen/Two Wheels Good Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop
5
301
The Pogues Rum, Sodomy & the Lash Celtic Rock
6
434
Hüsker Dü New Day Rising Alternative Rock, Post-Hardcore
7
514
The Fall This Nation's Saving Grace Post-Punk
8
522
New Order Low-Life Alternative Dance, New Wave, Synthpop
9
526
The Replacements Tim Alternative Rock, Power Pop
10
571
The Cure The Head on the Door Alternative Rock, Post-Punk
11
579
Dire Straits Brothers in Arms Pop Rock
12
604
The Smiths Meat Is Murder Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
13
780
Sam Cooke Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 Southern Soul
14
942
LL Cool J Radio Hardcore Hip Hop
15
969
The Waterboys This Is the Sea Folk Rock, Pop Rock
16
1346
R.E.M. Fables of the Reconstruction Jangle Pop
17
1351
Tears for Fears Songs from the Big Chair New Wave, Pop Rock, Synthpop
18
1384
Prince and The Revolution Around the World in a Day Neo-Psychedelia, Pop Rock, Psychedelic Soul
19
1404
Sting The Dream of the Blue Turtles Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop
20
1457
Talking Heads Little Creatures Art Pop
21
1516
Einstürzende Neubauten 1/2 Mensch Industrial
22
1517
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds The Firstborn Is Dead Post-Punk, Punk Blues
23
1525
The Velvet Underground VU Art Rock
24
1540
Dexys Midnight Runners Don't Stand Me Down Blue Eyed Soul, New Wave
25
1551
Hüsker Dü Flip Your Wig Alternative Rock, Post-Hardcore
26
1628
Suzanne Vega Suzanne Vega Folk Pop, Singer/Songwriter
27
1649
Whitney Houston Whitney Houston Contemporary R&B, Pop
28
1684
The Cult Love Alternative Rock, Post-Punk
29
1699
John Cougar Mellencamp Scarecrow Heartland Rock
30
2015
Mekons Fear and Whiskey Cowpunk, Post-Punk
31
2094
Meat Puppets Up on the Sun Alt-Country, Alternative Rock, Cowpunk
32
2098
The Sisters of Mercy First and Last and Always Gothic Rock
33
2101
Scritti Politti Cupid & Psyche 85 Sophisti-Pop, Synthpop
34
2183
John Fogerty Centerfield Heartland Rock, Roots Rock
35
2241
Eurythmics Be Yourself Tonight New Wave, Pop
36
2358
Bérurier Noir Concerto pour détraqués Punk Rock
37
2375
Marillion Misplaced Childhood Neo-Prog
38
2408
Wynton Marsalis Black Codes (from the Underground) Post-Bop
39
2499
Simple Minds Once Upon a Time Pop Rock
40
2585
The Blasters Hard Line Rockabilly, Roots Rock
41
2700
Ry Cooder Paris, Texas Acoustic Blues, Film Score
42
2766
Run-D.M.C. King of Rock Hardcore Hip Hop
43
2803
Youssou N'Dour Nelson Mandela Mbalax
44
2922
Simply Red Picture Book Blue Eyed Soul, Pop Soul
45
2975
Chris Isaak Silvertone Pop Rock

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Sonic Youth Bad Moon Rising No Wave, Noise Rock
Bryan Ferry Boys and Girls Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop
Barbra Streisand The Broadway Album Show Tunes, Standards
Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel Nail Experimental Rock, Industrial
A-ha Hunting High and Low New Romantic, Synthpop
Mantronix The Album Electro
The Chameleons What Does Anything Mean, Basically? Post-Punk
The Style Council Our Favourite Shop / Internationalists Sophisti-Pop
Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Johnny Copeland Showdown! Electric Texas Blues
Sade Promise Smooth Soul, Sophisti-Pop
Dead Can Dance Spleen and Ideal Darkwave
Red Hot Chili Peppers Freaky Styley Alternative Rock, Funk, Funk Rock
Luther Vandross The Night I Fell in Love Smooth Soul
Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians Fegmania! Jangle Pop, Neo-Psychedelia, Psychedelic Pop
Iron Maiden Live After Death NWOBHM
Green on Red Gas Food Lodging Paisley Underground, Roots Rock
Robert Palmer Riptide Pop Rock
Miles Davis & John Coltrane Live in Stockholm 1960 Hard Bop
The Golden Palominos Visions of Excess Alternative Rock
Anthrax Spreading the Disease Thrash Metal
Artists United Against Apartheid Sun City Pop Rock
Grant Green Born to Be Blue Cool Jazz, Hard Bop
Camper Van Beethoven Telephone Free Landslide Victory Indie Rock
Big Audio Dynamite This Is Big Audio Dynamite New Wave, Post-Punk
Lone Justice Lone Justice Country Rock, Pop Rock
Tina Brooks Back to the Tracks Hard Bop
Level 42 World Machine Funk, Pop
INXS Listen Like Thieves Pop Rock
Aretha Franklin Who's Zoomin' Who Pop Soul