Top Albums of 1983





Rank All Time Rank Artist Album Genres
1
70
R.E.M. Murmur Jangle Pop
2
144
Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones Experimental Rock, Singer/Songwriter
3
279
The Police Synchronicity New Wave, Pop Rock
4
310
Violent Femmes Violent Femmes Acoustic Rock, Alternative Rock, Folk Punk, Post-Punk
5
342
U2 War Alternative Rock, Post-Punk
6
358
New Order Power, Corruption & Lies New Wave, Post-Punk, Synthpop
7
651
Cyndi Lauper She's So Unusual Pop Rock
8
684
Madonna Madonna Dance-Pop
9
713
Metallica Kill 'Em All Thrash Metal
10
991
Def Leppard Pyromania Glam Metal
11
1050
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Texas Flood Blues Rock, Electric Texas Blues
12
1070
Aztec Camera High Land, Hard Rain Jangle Pop, New Wave
13
1076
David Bowie Let's Dance Dance-Pop, Pop Rock
14
1093
Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This...) New Wave, Synthpop
15
1108
ZZ Top Eliminator Hard Rock, Southern Rock
16
1136
Talking Heads Speaking in Tongues Art Pop, New Wave
17
1178
Minor Threat Out of Step EP Hardcore Punk
18
1188
The The Soul Mining Art Pop, New Wave
19
1456
Eurythmics Touch New Wave, Synthpop
20
1734
Billy Idol Rebel Yell New Wave, Pop Rock
21
1851
Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi Film Score, Minimalism
22
1864
Culture Club Colour by Numbers New Romantic, Pop
23
1870
Baaba Maal & Mansour Seck Djam Leelii Mande Music, Mbalax
24
1973
Dio Holy Diver Heavy Metal
25
1982
Billy Bragg Life's a Riot with Spy vs. Spy Folk Punk, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
26
1989
Lionel Richie Can't Slow Down Pop Soul
27
2093
U2 Under a Blood Red Sky Pop Rock, Post-Punk
28
2118
Womack and Womack Love Wars Soul
29
2142
Elvis Costello and The Attractions Punch the Clock New Wave, Pop Soul
30
2383
Mötley Crüe Shout at the Devil Glam Metal, Heavy Metal
31
2424
Big Country The Crossing Celtic Rock, Pop Rock
32
2460
The Go-Betweens Before Hollywood Indie Pop, Jangle Pop, Post-Punk
33
2534
Bad Brains Rock for Light Hardcore Punk
34
2791
Echo and the Bunnymen Porcupine Post-Punk
35
2951
Malcolm McLaren Duck Rock New Wave

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