Top Albums of the 1980s





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1 18 Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back 1988 Conscious Hip Hop, Hardcore Hip Hop, Political Hip Hop
2 24 The Smiths The Queen Is Dead 1986 Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
3 25 Michael Jackson Thriller 1982 Contemporary R&B, Pop
4 30 Prince Sign 'O' the Times 1987 Funk Rock, Pop Rock
5 32 Talking Heads Remain in Light 1980 New Wave
6 39 U2 The Joshua Tree 1987 Alternative Rock, Pop Rock
7 41 Joy Division Closer 1980 Post-Punk
8 42 Pixies Doolittle 1989 Indie Rock
9 44 Prince and The Revolution Purple Rain 1984 Film Soundtrack, Pop Rock, Synth Funk
10 58 The Stone Roses The Stone Roses 1989 Baggy / Madchester
11 61 Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction 1987 Hard Rock
12 62 Sonic Youth Daydream Nation 1988 Alternative Rock, Experimental Rock, Noise Rock
13 67 R.E.M. Murmur 1983 Jangle Pop
14 70 Paul Simon Graceland 1986 Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
15 75 De La Soul 3 Feet High and Rising 1989 Conscious Hip Hop
16 79 The Jesus and Mary Chain Psychocandy 1985 Noise Pop, Post-Punk
17 95 Pixies Surfer Rosa 1988 Indie Rock
18 96 Tom Waits Rain Dogs 1985 Experimental Rock, Singer/Songwriter
19 97 AC/DC Back in Black 1980 Hard Rock
20 99 Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique 1989 Hip Hop
21 112 N.W.A Straight Outta Compton 1988 Gangsta Rap
22 121 Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones 1983 Experimental Rock, Singer/Songwriter
23 136 Bruce Springsteen Nebraska 1982 Americana, Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter
24 150 Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. 1984 Heartland Rock, Pop Rock
25 160 Kate Bush Hounds of Love 1985 Art Pop, Progressive Pop
26 162 Metallica Master of Puppets 1986 Thrash Metal
27 164 The Smiths The Smiths 1984 Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
28 168 Pretenders Pretenders 1980 New Wave
29 183 Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill 1986 Hip Hop
30 194 The Replacements Let It Be 1984 Alternative Rock
31 208 Hüsker Dü Zen Arcade 1984 Hardcore Punk, Post-Hardcore
32 209 Prince and The Revolution 1999 1982 Pop, Synth Funk
33 228 Peter Gabriel So 1986 Art Pop, Pop Rock
34 233 Run-D.M.C. Raising Hell 1986 Hardcore Hip Hop
35 248 The Cure Disintegration 1989 Gothic Rock, Post-Punk
36 255 The Human League Dare! 1981 New Romantic, Synthpop
37 275 Elvis Costello and The Attractions Imperial Bedroom 1982 New Wave, Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
38 276 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes 1983 Acoustic Rock, Alternative Rock, Folk Punk, Post-Punk
39 277 The Police Synchronicity 1983 New Wave, Pop Rock
40 279 Slayer Reign in Blood 1986 Thrash Metal
41 285 Prefab Sprout Steve McQueen/Two Wheels Good 1985 Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop
42 291 Bruce Springsteen The River 1980 Heartland Rock, Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
43 299 Minutemen Double Nickels on the Dime 1984 Post-Punk, Punk Rock
44 301 The Pogues Rum, Sodomy & the Lash 1985 Celtic Rock
45 303 Brian Eno - David Byrne My Life in the Bush of Ghosts 1981 Art Rock, Experimental Rock
46 305 U2 War 1983 Alternative Rock, Post-Punk
47 312 New Order Power, Corruption & Lies 1983 New Wave, Post-Punk, Synthpop
48 320 Sonic Youth Sister 1987 Alternative Rock, Noise Rock
49 329 Eric B. & Rakim Paid in Full 1987 Boom Bap, Hardcore Hip Hop
50 339 Madonna Like a Prayer 1989 Pop
51 348 Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables 1980 Hardcore Punk
52 359 Black Flag Damaged 1981 Hardcore Punk
53 361 New Order Technique 1989 Alternative Dance, Synthpop
54 370 R.E.M. Document 1987 Jangle Pop
55 374 ABC The Lexicon of Love 1982 New Romantic, Synthpop
56 384 Talk Talk Spirit of Eden 1988 Post-Rock
57 388 Dexys Midnight Runners Searching for the Young Soul Rebels 1980 Blue Eyed Soul, New Wave, Pop Rock
58 393 Kraftwerk Computerwelt/Computer World 1981 Synthpop
59 399 Donald Fagen The Nightfly 1982 Jazz Pop, Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop
60 404 Echo and the Bunnymen Ocean Rain 1984 Post-Punk
61 407 Hüsker Dü New Day Rising 1985 Alternative Rock, Post-Hardcore
62 412 Jane's Addiction Nothing's Shocking 1988 Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Hard Rock
63 428 Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast 1982 NWOBHM
64 429 Dinosaur Jr. You're Living All Over Me 1987 Indie Rock, Noise Rock
65 430 The Clash Sandinista! 1980 Punk Rock
66 450 Richard and Linda Thompson Shoot Out the Lights 1982 Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
67 451 David Bowie Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) 1980 Art Rock, Pop Rock
68 452 Prince Dirty Mind 1980 Pop Rock, Synth Funk
69 453 The Cure Pornography 1982 Gothic Rock, Post-Punk
70 454 New Order Low-Life 1985 Alternative Dance, New Wave, Synthpop
71 460 X Los Angeles 1980 Punk Rock
72 470 U2 The Unforgettable Fire 1984 Alternative Rock, Pop Rock
73 472 Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman 1988 Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
74 478 XTC Skylarking 1986 Pop Rock, Psychedelic Pop
75 483 Lou Reed New York 1989 Rock
76 485 Elvis Costello and The Attractions Get Happy!! 1980 New Wave, Pop Rock
77 487 The Replacements Tim 1985 Alternative Rock, Power Pop
78 509 The Fall This Nation's Saving Grace 1985 Post-Punk
79 510 The Feelies Crazy Rhythms 1980 New Wave, Post-Punk
80 518 My Bloody Valentine Isn't Anything 1988 Dream Pop, Noise Pop, Shoegaze
81 523 R.E.M. Lifes Rich Pageant 1986 Jangle Pop
82 527 Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine 1989 Electro-Industrial, Industrial Rock
83 528 Lloyd Cole and The Commotions Rattlesnakes 1984 Jangle Pop
84 538 Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man 1988 Singer/Songwriter, Sophisti-Pop
85 546 The Cure The Head on the Door 1985 Alternative Rock, Post-Punk
86 552 R.E.M. Reckoning 1984 Jangle Pop
87 558 Talking Heads Stop Making Sense 1984 Art Rock, New Wave, Post-Punk
88 567 Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel (III) 1980 Art Rock
89 573 Pet Shop Boys Actually 1987 Synthpop
90 574 The Smiths Meat Is Murder 1985 Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
91 575 Motörhead Ace of Spades 1980 Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
92 579 The Smiths Hatful of Hollow 1984 Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
93 585 The Smiths Strangeways, Here We Come 1987 Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
94 587 Roxy Music Avalon 1982 New Romantic, Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop
95 590 Dire Straits Brothers in Arms 1985 Pop Rock
96 602 Young Marble Giants Colossal Youth 1980 Post-Punk
97 607 Boogie Down Productions Criminal Minded 1987 Boom Bap
98 613 Cocteau Twins Treasure 1984 Dream Pop, Ethereal Wave
99 620 The Jam Sound Affects 1980 Mod Revival, New Wave, Post-Punk
100 625 Soul II Soul Club Classics Vol. One/Keep On Movin' 1989 Contemporary R&B, Dance-Pop
101 639 Metallica Kill 'Em All 1983 Thrash Metal
102 641 Motörhead No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith 1981 Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
103 642 Public Enemy Yo! Bum Rush the Show 1987 Conscious Hip Hop, Hardcore Hip Hop
104 656 The Cure Seventeen Seconds 1980 Gothic Rock, Post-Punk
105 658 George Michael Faith 1987 Pop
106 666 Grace Jones Nightclubbing 1981 Art Pop, Dance-Pop, Sophisti-Pop
107 672 Depeche Mode Music for the Masses 1987 Synthpop
108 686 Prince and The Revolution Parade 1986 Film Soundtrack, Pop Rock, Psychedelic Soul
109 689 John Hiatt Bring the Family 1987 Americana, Roots Rock, Singer/Songwriter
110 702 Sonic Youth EVOL 1986 Experimental Rock, Noise Rock
111 704 King Sunny Adé Juju Music 1982 Jj
112 705 Hüsker Dü Warehouse: Songs and Stories 1987 Alternative Rock
113 716 Run-D.M.C. Run-D.M.C. 1984 Hardcore Hip Hop
114 717 Van Halen 1984 1984 Hard Rock
115 733 Laurie Anderson Big Science 1982 Art Pop, Experimental
116 738 Sam Cooke Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 1985 Southern Soul
117 739 Nirvana Bleach 1989 Grunge
118 743 Galaxie 500 On Fire 1989 Dream Pop, Slowcore
119 744 The Go-Betweens 16 Lovers Lane 1988 Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
120 746 Midnight Oil Diesel and Dust 1987 Pop Rock
121 755 Big Black Songs About Fucking 1987 Noise Rock, Post-Hardcore
122 756 The Pogues If I Should Fall from Grace with God 1988 Celtic Punk, Celtic Rock
123 758 Cyndi Lauper She's so Unusual 1983 Pop Rock
124 759 The Cramps Songs the Lord Taught Us 1980 Garage Punk, Psychobilly
125 764 X Wild Gift 1981 Punk Rock
126 765 R.E.M. Green 1988 Jangle Pop
127 771 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Tender Prey 1988 Gothic Rock, Post-Punk
128 774 Madonna Madonna 1983 Dance-Pop
129 785 Michael Jackson Bad 1987 Dance-Pop
130 790 Soft Cell Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret 1981 New Wave, Synthpop
131 796 Janet Jackson Control 1986 Contemporary R&B, Dance-Pop
132 807 Duran Duran Rio 1982 New Romantic, Pop Rock, Synthpop
133 818 The Gun Club Fire of Love 1981 Psychobilly, Punk Blues
134 820 Tina Turner Private Dancer 1984 Pop Rock, Soul
135 824 XTC English Settlement 1982 Pop Rock
136 848 Frankie Goes to Hollywood Welcome to the Pleasuredome 1984 New Wave, Synthpop
137 849 Madonna Like a Virgin 1984 Pop
138 854 Les Rita Mitsouko The No Comprendo 1986 New Wave
139 862 The Replacements Pleased to Meet Me 1987 Alternative Rock, Power Pop
140 868 Bruce Springsteen Tunnel of Love 1987 Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
141 869 Rush Moving Pictures 1981 Hard Rock, Progressive Rock
142 871 Big Black Atomizer 1986 Noise Rock, Post-Hardcore     
143 881 Squeeze East Side Story 1981 New Wave, Pop Rock
144 883 Faith No More The Real Thing 1989 Alternative Rock, Funk Metal
145 889 Neil Young Freedom 1989 Heartland Rock, Singer/Songwriter
146 899 LL Cool J Radio 1985 Hardcore Hip Hop
147 900 Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five The Message 1982 Disco Rap
148 902 Echo and the Bunnymen Crocodiles 1980 Post-Punk
149 909 The Waterboys This Is the Sea 1985 Folk Rock, Pop Rock
150 915 Talk Talk The Colour of Spring 1986 Art Pop, Chamber Pop
151 917 Dinosaur Jr. Bug 1988 Indie Rock, Noise Rock
152 922 Aztec Camera High Land, Hard Rain 1983 Jangle Pop, New Wave
153 923 Fehlfarben Monarchie und Alltag 1980 Neue Deutsche Welle, Post-Punk
154 932 Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation 1814 1989 Contemporary R&B, Dance-Pop, Soul
155 933 Cowboy Junkies The Trinity Session 1988 Alt-Country, Contemporary Folk
156 934 U2 Boy 1980 Post-Punk
157 939 The Soft Boys Underwater Moonlight 1980 Jangle Pop, Neo-Psychedelia
158 942 Echo and the Bunnymen Heaven Up Here 1981 Post-Punk
159 944 The Neville Brothers Yellow Moon 1989 New Orleans R&B, Soul
160 947 Anita Baker Rapture 1986 Smooth Soul
161 957 Simple Minds New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84) 1982 New Wave, Synthpop
162 963 Def Leppard Hysteria 1987 AOR, Hard Rock
163 969 Hüsker Dü Candy Apple Grey 1986 Alternative Rock
164 970 Billy Bragg Talking with the Taxman About Poetry 1986 Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
165 972 The Police Ghost in the Machine 1981 New Wave, Pop Rock
166 977 Meat Puppets Meat Puppets II 1984 Alternative Rock, Cowpunk
167 980 ZZ Top Eliminator 1983 Hard Rock, Southern Rock
168 987 The The Soul Mining 1983 Art Pop, New Wave
169 990 Sinéad O'Connor The Lion and the Cobra 1987 Alternative Rock, Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
170 1010 Happy Mondays Bummed 1988 Baggy / Madchester
171 1020 Bad Brains I Against I 1986 Alternative Metal, Hardcore Punk
172 1021 The Waterboys Fisherman's Blues 1988 Celtic Rock
173 1033 Joe Jackson Night and Day 1982 Art Pop
174 1057 Youssou N'Dour Immigres / Bitim Rew 1984 Mbalax
175 1058 Metallica Ride the Lightning 1984 Thrash Metal
176 1063 The Costello Show King of America 1986 Folk Rock, Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
177 1067 Mission of Burma Vs. 1982 Post-Punk
178 1070 Salif Keita Soro 1987 Mande Music
179 1071 Steve Earle Guitar Town 1986 Alt-Country, Country Rock
180 1073 808 State 90 1989 Acid House
181 1076 Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Texas Flood 1983 Blues Rock, Electric Texas Blues
182 1079 Bon Jovi Slippery when Wet 1986 Hard Rock
183 1080 John Cale Music for a New Society 1982 Art Rock
184 1088 Fugazi 13 Songs (Fugazi EP + Margin Walker EP) 1989 Post-Hardcore
185 1090 David Bowie Let's Dance 1983 Dance-Pop, Pop Rock
186 1091 Lucinda Williams Lucinda Williams 1988 Alt-Country, Americana, Singer/Songwriter
187 1092 Los Lobos How Will the Wolf Survive? 1984 Tex-Mex
188 1096 Mano Negra Puta's Fever 1989 Alternative Rock, Latin Alternative
189 1102 Boogie Down Productions By All Means Necessary 1988 Boom Bap, Conscious Hip Hop, Hardcore Hip Hop, Political Hip Hop
190 1113 Killing Joke Killing Joke 1980 Post-Punk
191 1116 The Gun Club Miami 1982 Post-Punk, Punk Blues
192 1117 The Police Zenyatta Mondatta 1980 New Wave, Pop Rock
193 1119 Def Leppard Pyromania 1983 Glam Metal
194 1134 Jungle Brothers Done by the Forces of Nature 1989 Conscious Hip Hop
195 1135 Dexys Midnight Runners Too-Rye-Ay 1982 New Wave, Pop Rock
196 1136 Aerosmith Pump 1989 Hard Rock
197 1137 Talking Heads Speaking in Tongues 1983 Art Pop, New Wave
198 1141 The Blue Nile Hats 1989 Sophisti-Pop
199 1142 Eric B. & Rakim Follow the Leader 1988 Boom Bap, Hardcore Hip Hop
200 1147 The Jesus and Mary Chain Darklands 1987 Alternative Rock
201 1148 Elvis Costello and The Attractions Trust 1981 Pop Rock
202 1152 Elvis Costello and The Attractions Blood and Chocolate 1986 Pop Rock
203 1157 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden 1980 NWOBHM
204 1162 The Clash Combat Rock 1982 New Wave, Punk Rock
205 1165 Japan Tin Drum 1981 Art Pop, New Romantic, Synthpop
206 1168 The Specials More Specials 1980 2 Tone
207 1169 Spacemen 3 The Perfect Prescription 1987 Neo-Psychedelia, Space Rock
208 1177 Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This...) 1983 New Wave, Synthpop
209 1182 Bob Dylan Oh Mercy 1989 Folk Rock, Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
210 1184 Tears for Fears Songs from the Big Chair 1985 New Wave, Pop Rock, Synthpop
211 1186 Metallica ...And Justice for All 1988 Thrash Metal
212 1189 Marvin Gaye Midnight Love 1982 Pop Soul, Smooth Soul
213 1196 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds From Her to Eternity 1984 Post-Punk
214 1208 Pretenders Learning to Crawl 1984 New Wave, Pop Rock
215 1216 Napalm Death Scum 1987 Grindcore
216 1217 Tom Petty Full Moon Fever 1989 Heartland Rock, Pop Rock
217 1220 Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz 1980 Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
218 1223 Morrissey Viva Hate 1988 Jangle Pop
219 1228 EPMD Strictly Business 1988 Boom Bap, Hardcore Hip Hop
220 1229 Diana Ross Diana 1980 Disco
221 1231 The Beat I Just Can't Stop It 1980 2 Tone, New Wave
222 1248 Orange Juice You Can't Hide Your Love Forever 1982 Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
223 1255 Eurythmics Touch 1983 New Wave, Synthpop
224 1257 Ultramagnetic MCs Critical Beatdown 1988 Boom Bap
225 1258 John Lennon & Yoko Ono Double Fantasy 1980 Pop Rock
226 1259 The Teardrop Explodes Kilimanjaro 1980 New Wave, Post-Punk
227 1265 Kate Bush The Dreaming 1982 Art Pop, Progressive Pop
228 1266 INXS Kick 1987 Pop Rock
229 1269 Rubén Blades Buscando América 1984 Afro-Cuban Jazz, Salsa
230 1270 R.E.M. Fables of the Reconstruction 1985 Jangle Pop
231 1280 Neneh Cherry Raw Like Sushi 1989 Pop Rap
232 1285 Bonnie Raitt Nick of Time 1989 Blues Rock, Pop Rock
233 1295 Marshall Crenshaw Marshall Crenshaw 1982 Power Pop
234 1298 Minor Threat Out of Step EP 1983 Hardcore Punk
235 1304 Rickie Lee Jones Pirates 1981 Jazz Pop, Singer/Songwriter
236 1308 Spacemen 3 Playing with Fire 1989 Neo-Psychedelia, Space Rock
237 1328 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Your Funeral... My Trial 1986 Gothic Rock, Post-Punk
238 1332 Magazine The Correct Use of Soap 1980 New Wave, Post-Punk
239 1338 Sting The Dream of the Blue Turtles 1985 Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop
240 1353 This Mortal Coil It'll End in Tears 1984 Dream Pop, Ethereal Wave
241 1362 Einstürzende Neubauten Kollaps 1981 Industrial
242 1375 The Rolling Stones Tattoo You 1981 Rock
243 1390 Prince and The Revolution Around the World in a Day 1985 Neo-Psychedelia, Pop Rock, Psychedelic Soul
244 1393 Dexys Midnight Runners Don't Stand Me Down 1985 Blue Eyed Soul, New Wave
245 1397 Gang of Four Solid Gold 1981 Post-Punk
246 1398 Madonna True Blue 1986 Pop
247 1402 The Velvet Underground VU 1985 Art Rock
248 1403 Terence Trent D'Arby Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby 1987 Contemporary R&B, Soul
249 1406 Adam and The Ants Kings of the Wild Frontier 1980 New Wave
250 1411 Mary Margaret O'Hara Miss America 1988 Alternative Singer/Songwriter
251 1412 Judas Priest British Steel 1980 Heavy Metal
252 1416 Living Colour Vivid 1988 Funk Metal, Hard Rock
253 1418 The Triffids Born Sandy Devotional 1986 Jangle Pop
254 1433 Talking Heads Little Creatures 1985 Art Pop
255 1434 The The Infected 1986 Art Pop, Synthpop
256 1435 Einstürzende Neubauten 1/2 Mensch 1985 Industrial
257 1438 Heaven 17 Penthouse and Pavement 1981 New Wave, Synthpop
258 1440 Bruce Springsteen Live 1975-1985 1986 Heartland Rock
259 1443 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds The Firstborn Is Dead 1985 Post-Punk, Punk Blues
260 1450 The Associates Sulk 1982 Art Pop, New Romantic, Synthpop
261 1454 David Sylvian Brilliant Trees 1984 Art Pop
262 1456 Go-Go's Beauty and the Beat 1981 New Wave, Power Pop
263 1459 The Cult Electric 1987 Hard Rock
264 1464 Fingers Inc. Another Side 1988 Chicago House, Deep House     
265 1468 The Fall Hex Enduction Hour 1982 Art Punk, Post-Punk
266 1470 The Birthday Party Prayers on Fire 1981 Noise Rock, Post-Punk
267 1473 Lenny Kravitz Let Love Rule 1989 Rock
268 1482 Bauhaus In the Flat Field 1980 Gothic Rock, Post-Punk
269 1493 John Lee Hooker The Healer 1989 Electric Blues
270 1495 The Go-Betweens Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express 1986 Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
271 1499 Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft Alles ist gut 1981 EBM, Neue Deutsche Welle, Synth Punk
272 1506 Hüsker Dü Flip Your Wig 1985 Alternative Rock, Post-Hardcore
273 1519 The Dream Syndicate Medicine Show 1984 Paisley Underground
274 1521 The Sugarcubes Life's Too Good 1988 Alternative Rock, Post-Punk
275 1522 King Crimson Discipline 1981 Art Rock, Progressive Rock
276 1526 David Sylvian Secrets of the Beehive 1987 Ambient Pop, Art Pop
277 1539 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Kicking Against the Pricks 1986 Post-Punk, Punk Blues
278 1541 Caetano Veloso Estrangeiro 1989 MPB, Singer/Songwriter
279 1543 Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force Planet Rock - The Album 1986 Electro
280 1544 Bad Brains Bad Brains 1982 Hardcore Punk
281 1546 Siouxsie and The Banshees Juju 1981 Gothic Rock, Post-Punk
282 1554 Dire Straits Making Movies 1980 Pop Rock
283 1555 Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel (IV)/Security 1982 Art Rock
284 1563 Black Uhuru Red 1981 Roots Reggae
285 1568 The Housemartins London 0 Hull 4 1986 Jangle Pop
286 1569 Depeche Mode Black Celebration 1986 Synthpop
287 1580 Crowded House Crowded House 1986 Pop Rock
288 1590 The Psychedelic Furs Talk Talk Talk 1981 New Wave, Post-Punk
289 1593 Pixies Come On Pilgrim EP 1987 Indie Rock
290 1608 Virgin Prunes ...If I Die, I Die 1982 Gothic Rock, Post-Punk
291 1623 Rick James Street Songs 1981 Contemporary R&B, Synth Funk
292 1627 Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band Doc at the Radar Station 1980 Art Rock, Experimental Rock
293 1628 Kate Bush The Sensual World 1989 Art Pop
294 1636 Sade Diamond Life 1984 Smooth Soul, Sophisti-Pop
295 1643 The Dream Syndicate The Days of Wine and Roses 1982 Jangle Pop, Paisley Underground
296 1647 Tom Waits Frank's Wild Years 1987 Singer/Songwriter
297 1649 Queensrÿche Operation: Mindcrime 1988 Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal
298 1656 Trio Trio 1981 Neue Deutsche Welle          
299 1669 The Blue Nile A Walk Across the Rooftops 1984 Art Pop, Sophisti-Pop
300 1671 The Fall The Wonderful and Frightening World of...The Fall 1984 Post-Punk
301 1672 John Cougar Mellencamp Scarecrow 1985 Heartland Rock
302 1684 Suzanne Vega Suzanne Vega 1985 Folk Pop, Singer/Songwriter
303 1689 U2 Rattle and Hum 1988 Pop Rock
304 1690 Robert Cray Strong Persuader 1986 Blues Rock
305 1699 Coil Horse Rotorvator 1986 Industrial
306 1707 This Heat Deceit 1981 Experimental Rock, Post-Punk
307 1716 The Birthday Party Junkyard 1982 Noise Rock, Post-Punk, Punk Blues
308 1720 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston 1985 Contemporary R&B, Pop
309 1727 Inner City Paradise/Big Fun 1989 Detroit Techno, House
310 1738 Violent Femmes Hallowed Ground 1984 Alternative Rock, Cowpunk, Folk Punk
311 1749 Van Morrison & The Chieftains Irish Heartbeat 1988 Celtic Folk Music
312 1751 Stray Cats Stray Cats/Built for Speed 1981 Rockabilly
313 1752 The Traveling Wilburys Traveling Wilburys, Volume One 1988 Pop Rock
314 1753 The Wedding Present George Best 1987 C86, Jangle Pop
315 1754 Elvis Costello and The Attractions Punch the Clock 1983 New Wave, Pop Soul
316 1757 The Cult Love 1985 Alternative Rock, Post-Punk
317 1761 Billy Bragg Life's a Riot with Spy vs. Spy 1983 Folk Punk, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
318 1768 Roy Orbison Mystery Girl 1989 Pop Rock
319 1781 Astor Piazzolla Tango: Zero Hour / Nuevo Tango: Hora Zero 1986 Tango Nuevo
320 1782 XTC Black Sea 1980 Pop Rock, Post-Punk
321 1791 Linton Kwesi Johnson Bass Culture 1980 Dub Poetry
322 1796 Lou Reed The Blue Mask 1982 Rock, Singer/Songwriter
323 1802 Flipper Album - Generic Flipper 1982 Noise Rock, Punk Rock
324 1811 New Order Brotherhood 1986 Alternative Dance, New Wave, Synthpop
325 1820 Manuel Göttsching E2-E4 1984 Progressive Electronic
326 1831 Mekons Fear and Whiskey 1985 Cowpunk, Post-Punk
327 1835 Culture Club Colour by Numbers 1983 New Romantic, Pop
328 1837 Chris Isaak Chris Isaak 1987 Pop Rock
329 1846 Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell 1980 Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
330 1848 Throwing Muses Throwing Muses 1986 Indie Rock, Post-Punk
331 1861 Swans Children of God 1987 Experimental Rock, Post-Punk
332 1863 Orchestra Baobab Vol. 1: Senegambie/Vol. 2: Ngalam/Ken Dou Werente/Pirates Choice 1982 Afro-Cuban Jazz
333 1864 Died Pretty Free Dirt 1986 Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia     
334 1865 Meat Puppets Up on the Sun 1985 Alt-Country, Alternative Rock, Cowpunk
335 1882 Ministry The Land of Rape and Honey 1988 Industrial, Industrial Metal, Industrial Rock
336 1887 Jungle Brothers Straight out the Jungle 1988 Conscious Hip Hop
337 1888 Mekons The Mekons Rock'n'roll 1989 Alternative Rock, Post-Punk
338 1889 Venom Black Metal 1982 NWOBHM, Speed Metal
339 1896 Baaba Maal & Mansour Seck Djam Leelii 1983 Mande Music, Mbalax
340 1906 Pet Shop Boys Introspective 1988 Dance-Pop, Synthpop
341 1918 Womack and Womack Love Wars 1983 Soul
342 1929 Sting ...Nothing Like the Sun 1987 Jazz Pop, Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop
343 1938 808 State Newbuild 1988 Acid House
344 1939 John Mellencamp The Lonesome Jubilee 1987 Heartland Rock
345 1943 The Sisters of Mercy First and Last and Always 1985 Gothic Rock
346 1953 Alain Bashung Play Blessures 1982 Coldwave     
347 1960 Radio Futura La canción de Juan Perro 1987 New Wave, Pop Rock     
348 1967 UB40 Signing Off 1980 Reggae
349 1980 American Music Club California 1988 Folk Rock, Slowcore
350 1992 Big Country The Crossing 1983 Celtic Rock, Pop Rock
351 1999 Steely Dan Gaucho 1980 Jazz-Rock, Pop Rock
352 2003 Tom Waits Heartattack and Vine 1980 Blues Rock, Singer/Songwriter
353 2012 The House of Love The House of Love 1988 Indie Pop, Jangle Pop     
354 2015 Robbie Robertson Robbie Robertson 1987 Rock, Singer/Songwriter
355 2016 Arthur Russell World of Echo 1986 Ambient Pop, Art Pop     
356 2023 Phil Collins Face Value 1981 Pop Rock
357 2024 Bad Brains Rock for Light 1983 Hardcore Punk
358 2040 Scritti Politti Cupid & Psyche 85 1985 Sophisti-Pop, Synthpop
359 2051 Slick Rick The Great Adventures of Slick Rick 1988 Hardcore Hip Hop
360 2055 Megadeth Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? 1986 Speed Metal, Thrash Metal
361 2057 The Cure Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me 1987 Alternative Rock, Post-Punk
362 2062 John Fogerty Centerfield 1985 Heartland Rock, Roots Rock
363 2063 Billy Idol Rebel Yell 1983 New Wave, Pop Rock
364 2065 Eurythmics Be Yourself Tonight 1985 New Wave, Pop
365 2066 Pata Negra Blues de la frontera 1988 Flamenco Nuevo     
366 2079 Joe Satriani Surfing with the Alien 1987 Hard Rock
367 2082 Butthole Surfers Locust Abortion Technician 1987 Experimental Rock, Noise Rock
368 2083 New Order Movement 1981 Post-Punk
369 2085 Scritti Politti Songs to Remember 1982 New Wave, Sophisti-Pop
370 2087 Anthrax Among the Living 1987 Thrash Metal
371 2091 Camper Van Beethoven Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart 1988 Indie Rock
372 2096 Bob Marley and The Wailers Uprising 1980 Roots Reggae
373 2098 U2 Under a Blood Red Sky 1983 Pop Rock, Post-Punk
374 2106 The Style Council Café Bleu 1984 Sophisti-Pop
375 2131 The Special A.K.A. In the Studio 1984 2 Tone
376 2170 Stan Ridgway The Big Heat 1986 New Wave, Synthpop
377 2181 The Cult Sonic Temple 1989 Hard Rock
378 2187 The Cramps Psychedelic Jungle 1981 Garage Punk, Psychobilly
379 2188 John Zorn Spillane 1987 Avant-Garde Jazz
380 2194 Miles Davis Tutu 1986 Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Funk
381 2196 Pet Shop Boys Please 1986 Dance-Pop, Synthpop
382 2198 Echo and the Bunnymen Porcupine 1983 Post-Punk
383 2220 Suicide Alan Vega/Martin Rev - Suicide 1980 Synth Punk, Synthpop
384 2224 Queen Latifah All Hail the Queen 1989 Pop Rap
385 2234 Mudhoney Superfuzz Bigmuff EP 1988 Grunge
386 2236 Michelle Shocked Short Sharp Shocked 1988 Alt-Country, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
387 2238 Bérurier Noir Concerto pour détraqués 1985 Punk Rock     
388 2239 Au Pairs Playing with a Different Sex 1981 Post-Punk
389 2244 Prince Lovesexy 1988 Contemporary R&B, Funk, Pop Rock
390 2245 Stevie Wonder Hotter Than July 1980 Pop Soul
391 2256 The dB's Stands for Decibels 1981 Jangle Pop, Power Pop
392 2258 Rockpile Seconds of Pleasure 1980 Power Pop, Pub Rock
393 2259 X Under the Big Black Sun 1982 Punk Rock
394 2264 The Go-Betweens Before Hollywood 1983 Indie Pop, Jangle Pop, Post-Punk
395 2269 Scott Walker Climate of Hunter 1984 Art Pop, Art Rock
396 2271 Public Image Ltd. Album/Compact Disc/Cassette 1986 Alternative Rock, Post-Punk
397 2276 Iron Maiden Powerslave 1984 NWOBHM     
398 2303 Marillion Misplaced Childhood 1985 Neo-Prog
399 2305 Bob Mould Workbook 1989 Indie Rock
400 2307 Slayer South of Heaven 1988 Thrash Metal
401 2315 Van Morrison No Guru, No Method, No Teacher 1986 Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
402 2320 Van Morrison Avalon Sunset 1989 Pop Rock
403 2330 Fleshtones Roman Gods 1981 Garage Rock Revival     
404 2338 Enya Watermark 1988 Celtic New Age
405 2342 The Cure Faith 1981 Gothic Rock, Post-Punk
406 2345 Julian Cope Fried 1984 Neo-Psychedelia, Pop Rock
407 2350 Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca 1981 Industrial, Post-Punk     
408 2357 The Sisters of Mercy Floodland 1987 Gothic Rock
409 2360 The Blasters Hard Line 1985 Rockabilly, Roots Rock          
410 2364 The Gun Club The Las Vegas Story 1984 Post-Punk
411 2373 Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel Hole 1984 Industrial, Industrial Rock
412 2375 Minor Threat Minor Threat [EP 1981 / LP 1984] 1981 Hardcore Punk
413 2376 Ketama/Toumani Diabaté/Danny Thompson Songhai 1988 African Folk Music, Flamenco Nuevo, Songhai Music
414 2378 Wipers Youth of America 1981 Post-Punk, Punk Rock     
415 2379 Steve Winwood Arc of a Diver 1980 Pop Rock
416 2380 Alaska y Dinarama Deseo carnal 1984 New Wave, Pop Rock     
417 2416 Toto IV 1982 AOR, Pop Rock
418 2422 Yazoo Upstairs at Eric's 1982 Synthpop
419 2424 Wall of Voodoo Call of the West 1982 New Wave, Synthpop
420 2425 Godflesh Streetcleaner 1989 Industrial Metal, Sludge Metal
421 2429 Billy Bragg Brewing Up with Billy Bragg 1984 Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
422 2433 Cameo Word Up! 1986 Contemporary R&B, Synth Funk
423 2438 k.d. Lang Shadowland 1988 Nashville Sound
424 2442 Daniel Lanois Acadie 1989 Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
425 2444 Malcolm McLaren Duck Rock 1983 New Wave
426 2447 Bobby Womack The Poet II 1984 Soul
427 2453 Van Morrison Poetic Champions Compose 1987 Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
428 2469 10,000 Maniacs In My Tribe 1987 Folk Pop, Jangle Pop
429 2472 Ultravox Vienna 1980 New Romantic, Synthpop
430 2476 Elvis Costello Spike 1989 Alternative Rock, Pop, Singer/Songwriter
431 2477 The Raincoats Odyshape 1981 Post-Punk
432 2484 Suzanne Vega Solitude Standing 1987 Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
433 2505 Pete Townshend Empty Glass 1980 Pop Rock
434 2513 Tom Verlaine Dreamtime 1981 Art Punk, Post-Punk
435 2514 Gabinete Caligari Cuatro rosas 1984 New Wave     
436 2515 Los Lobos By the Light of the Moon 1987 Americana, Tex-Mex
437 2526 Dwight Yoakam Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. 1986 Bakersfield Sound
438 2529 Simple Minds Once Upon a Time 1985 Pop Rock
439 2538 Bangles Different Light 1986 Pop Rock
440 2545 Bronski Beat The Age of Consent 1984 Hi-NRG, Synthpop
441 2546 Kid Creole and The Coconuts Wise Guy/Tropical Gangsters 1982 Disco, Pop
442 2548 Dio Holy Diver 1983 Heavy Metal
443 2549 The Residents Commercial Album 1980 Art Pop, Satire
444 2559 The The Mind Bomb 1989 Alternative Rock, Art Pop, Pop Rock
445 2566 Bryan Adams Reckless 1984 Pop Rock
446 2572 Midnight Oil 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 1982 New Wave, Post-Punk
447 2575 Lyle Lovett Pontiac 1988 Alt-Country
448 2577 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi 1983 Film Score, Minimalism
449 2578 Chris Isaak Silvertone 1985 Pop Rock     
450 2580 Lionel Richie Can't Slow Down 1983 Pop Soul
451 2582 LL Cool J BAD: Bigger and Deffer 1987 Hardcore Hip Hop
452 2588 Pat Metheny & Ornette Coleman Song X 1986 Free Jazz
453 2595 Glenn Branca The Ascension 1981 No Wave, Noise Rock
454 2601 George Clinton Computer Games 1982 P-Funk, Synth Funk
455 2610 Robyn Hitchcock I Often Dream of Trains 1984 Psychedelic Folk, Singer/Songwriter
456 2625 Television Personalities ...And Don't the Kids Just Love It 1981 Indie Pop, Post-Punk
457 2629 Journey Escape 1981 AOR, Pop Rock
458 2634 They Might Be Giants They Might Be Giants 1986 Alternative Rock, Indie Pop
459 2661 Wynton Marsalis Black Codes (from the Underground) 1985 Post-Bop
460 2664 Keith Richards Talk Is Cheap 1988 Blues Rock
461 2666 The Woodentops Giant 1986 Indie Pop, Indie Rock
462 2673 The Jacksons Triumph 1980 Pop Soul, Synth Funk
463 2680 The Blues Brothers The Blues Brothers 1980 Film Soundtrack, Rhythm & Blues
464 2683 Indigo Girls Indigo Girls 1989 Folk Pop, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter     
465 2690 The Blasters The Blasters 1981 Rockabilly, Roots Rock          
466 2692 The Feelies The Good Earth 1986 Indie Pop, Post-Punk
467 2693 Mission of Burma Signals, Calls and Marches EP 1981 Post-Punk
468 2695 Fine Young Cannibals The Raw and the Cooked 1989 New Wave, Pop Rock
469 2697 Squeeze Argybargy 1980 Power Pop
470 2699 Radio Futura La ley del desierto, La ley del mar 1984 New Wave, Pop Rock          
471 2721 The Lounge Lizards The Lounge Lizards 1981 Avant-Garde Jazz
472 2745 Mink DeVille Coup de Grace 1981 Pop Rock
473 2749 Fabrizio De André Crêuza de mä 1984 Contemporary Folk
474 2753 Mano Negra Patchanka 1988 Alternative Rock, Folk Punk, Latin Alternative     
475 2756 Peter Gabriel Passion (Music for The Last Temptation of Christ) 1989 Ambient, Film Score, New Age, Regional Music
476 2770 Youssou N'Dour Nelson Mandela 1985 Mbalax
477 2771 Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance 1982 Heavy Metal
478 2791 Hoodoo Gurus Stoneage Romeos 1984 Garage Rock, Power Pop
479 2792 Mink DeVille Le Chat Bleu 1980 Pop Rock
480 2810 XTC Oranges & Lemons 1989 Pop Rock
481 2813 Marquis de Sade Rue De Siam 1981 Post-Punk     
482 2824 Simply Red Picture Book 1985 Blue Eyed Soul, Pop Soul
483 2825 Half Japanese 1/2 Gentlemen / Not Beasts 1980 Experimental Rock, Noise Rock, Punk Rock
484 2826 The Psychedelic Furs Forever Now 1982 New Wave
485 2832 Run-D.M.C. King of Rock 1985 Hardcore Hip Hop
486 2841 Naked City Torture Garden 1989 Avant-Garde Jazz, Experimental, Grindcore
487 2844 Gregory Isaacs Night Nurse 1982 Lovers Rock
488 2865 The B-52's Wild Planet 1980 New Wave
489 2874 Van Morrison Beautiful Vision 1982 Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
490 2875 Ry Cooder Paris, Texas 1985 Acoustic Blues, Film Score
491 2880 The Neville Brothers Fiyo on the Bayou 1981 New Orleans R&B, Pop Soul
492 2888 Depeche Mode Speak & Spell 1981 New Romantic, Synthpop
493 2897 Julee Cruise Floating into the Night 1989 Ambient Pop, Dream Pop
494 2898 Prince Controversy 1981 Pop Rock, Synth Funk
495 2900 Sonic Youth Bad Moon Rising 1985 No Wave, Noise Rock
496 2916 Simple Minds Sparkle in the Rain 1984 New Wave, Pop Rock
497 2924 Christian Death Only Theatre of Pain 1982 Death Rock
498 2933 The Cars Heartbeat City 1984 New Wave, Pop Rock
499 2937 Prefab Sprout From Langley Park to Memphis 1988 Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop
500 2945 The Associates Fourth Drawer Down 1981 New Wave, Post-Punk     
501 2952 King Sunny Adé Synchro System 1983 Jj
502 2961 Galaxie 500 Today 1988 Indie Pop, Slowcore
503 2962 Big Daddy Kane Long Live the Kane 1988 Boom Bap, Hardcore Hip Hop
504 2963 Urban Dance Squad Mental Floss for the Globe 1989 Rap Rock
505 2966 The Sound Jeopardy 1980 Post-Punk
506 2968 Bad Religion Suffer 1988 Melodic Hardcore, Skate Punk
507 2972 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Architecture & Morality 1981 New Wave, Synthpop
508 2991 Steve Earle Copperhead Road 1988 Alt-Country, Country Rock, Singer/Songwriter
509 3000 Siouxsie and The Banshees A Kiss in the Dreamhouse 1982 Gothic Rock, Post-Punk


Some albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
John Zorn Spy Vs. Spy 1989 Avant-Garde Jazz
Mötley Crüe Shout at the Devil 1983 Glam Metal, Heavy Metal
k.d. Lang Absolute Torch and Twang 1989 Country
Ladysmith Black Mambazo Shaka Zulu 1987 Mbube, Nguni Folk Music
Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Joan Jett/Bad Reputation 1980 Garage Rock, Hard Rock
Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel Nail 1985 Experimental Rock, Industrial
The Church Starfish 1988 Dream Pop, Jangle Pop, Neo-Psychedelia
Brygada Kryzys Brygada Kryzys 1982 Post-Punk     
The Jam The Gift 1982 Mod Revival, New Wave, Power Pop
Descendents Milo Goes to College 1982 Hardcore Punk, Skate Punk
Randy Newman Trouble in Paradise 1983 Singer/Songwriter
Fleetwood Mac Tango in the Night 1987 Soft Rock     
The Young Gods L'eau Rouge 1989 Industrial Rock     
Green on Red Here Come the Snakes 1988 Paisley Underground
DeLillos Suser Avgårde 1986 Pop Rock          
They Might Be Giants Lincoln 1988 Alternative Rock, Indie Pop
Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels 1983 Dream Pop, Post-Punk
Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris Trio 1987 Country
Green on Red Gravity Talks 1983 Jangle Pop, Paisley Underground
Everything But the Girl Eden 1984 Jazz Pop, Sophisti-Pop
Mark Stewart + Maffia Learning to Cope with Cowardice 1983 Dub, Post-Punk
Guy Guy 1988 New Jack Swing
John Hiatt Slow Turning 1988 Americana, Singer/Songwriter
John Foxx Metamatic 1980 Synthpop     
David Murray Ming 1980 Avant-Garde Jazz
Sly and Robbie Rhythm Killers 1987 Hip Hop, Ragga, Synth Funk
Red Hot Chili Peppers Mother's Milk 1989 Alternative Rock, Funk Rock     
Simple Minds Sons and Fascination 1981 Art Rock, New Wave, Synthpop
Bangles All Over the Place 1984 New Wave, Pop Rock
Randy Newman Land of Dreams 1988 Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Lou Reed New Sensations 1984 Pop Rock
Iron Maiden Killers 1981 NWOBHM
Dead Can Dance Within the Realm of a Dying Sun 1987 Neoclassical Darkwave
Alan Vega Saturn Strip 1983 New Wave, Synth Punk
Charly García Clics Modernos 1983 New Wave, Pop Rock     
The Undertones Positive Touch 1981 Pop Punk, Power Pop     
Arvo Pärt Tabula Rasa 1984 Minimalism
Bryan Ferry Boys and Girls 1985 Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop
Front 242 Front by Front 1988 EBM
A-ha Scoundrel Days 1986 Synthpop     
Aerosmith Permanent Vacation 1987 Hard Rock
Scorpions Love at First Sting 1984 Hard Rock, Heavy Metal     
Camper Van Beethoven Key Lime Pie 1989 Indie Rock     
Laurie Anderson Mister Heartbreak 1984 Art Pop, Experimental Rock
Joan Jett and The Blackhearts I Love Rock'n'roll 1981 Hard Rock
The Chameleons What Does Anything Mean, Basically? 1985 Post-Punk     
Devo Freedom of Choice 1980 New Wave
The Undertones Hypnotised 1980 Pop Punk     
U2 October 1981 Alternative Rock, Post-Punk
Brian Eno Ambient 4: On Land 1982 Ambient
The Go-Betweens Tallulah 1987 Indie Pop, Jangle Pop     
Meat Beat Manifesto Storm the Studio 1989 Industrial
Mantronix The Album 1985 Electro
Noir Désir Veuillez rendre l'âme (à qui elle appartient) 1989 Alternative Rock     
Felt Forever Breathes the Lonely Word 1986 Indie Pop, Jangle Pop     
Graham Parker The Mona Lisa's Sister 1988 Pop Rock
UB40 Labour of Love 1983 Pop Reggae
Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band Ice Cream for Crow 1982 Art Rock, Blues Rock, Experimental Rock
Whitesnake Whitesnake/1987 1987 Hard Rock
George Jones I Am What I Am 1980 Nashville Sound
A.R.Kane 69 1988 Dream Pop, Experimental Rock
Pat Metheny Offramp