Top Albums of 1983

RankAll Time
ArtistAlbumGenresBuy from
1 67 R.E.M. Murmur Jangle Pop
2 121 Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones Experimental Rock, Singer/Songwriter
3 276 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes Acoustic Rock, Alternative Rock, Folk Punk, Post-Punk
4 277 The Police Synchronicity New Wave, Pop Rock
5 305 U2 War Alternative Rock, Post-Punk
6 312 New Order Power, Corruption & Lies New Wave, Post-Punk, Synthpop
7 639 Metallica Kill 'Em All Thrash Metal
8 758 Cyndi Lauper She's so Unusual Pop Rock
9 774 Madonna Madonna Dance-Pop
10 922 Aztec Camera High Land, Hard Rain Jangle Pop, New Wave
11 980 ZZ Top Eliminator Hard Rock, Southern Rock
12 987 The The Soul Mining Art Pop, New Wave
13 1076 Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Texas Flood Blues Rock, Electric Texas Blues
14 1090 David Bowie Let's Dance Dance-Pop, Pop Rock
15 1119 Def Leppard Pyromania Glam Metal
16 1137 Talking Heads Speaking in Tongues Art Pop, New Wave
17 1177 Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This...) New Wave, Synthpop
18 1255 Eurythmics Touch New Wave, Synthpop
19 1298 Minor Threat Out of Step EP Hardcore Punk
20 1754 Elvis Costello and The Attractions Punch the Clock New Wave, Pop Soul
21 1761 Billy Bragg Life's a Riot with Spy vs. Spy Folk Punk, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
22 1835 Culture Club Colour by Numbers New Romantic, Pop
23 1896 Baaba Maal & Mansour Seck Djam Leelii Mande Music, Mbalax
24 1918 Womack and Womack Love Wars Soul
25 1992 Big Country The Crossing Celtic Rock, Pop Rock
26 2024 Bad Brains Rock for Light Hardcore Punk
27 2063 Billy Idol Rebel Yell New Wave, Pop Rock
28 2098 U2 Under a Blood Red Sky Pop Rock, Post-Punk
29 2198 Echo and the Bunnymen Porcupine Post-Punk
30 2264 The Go-Betweens Before Hollywood Indie Pop, Jangle Pop, Post-Punk
31 2444 Malcolm McLaren Duck Rock New Wave
32 2548 Dio Holy Diver Heavy Metal
33 2577 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi Film Score, Minimalism
34 2580 Lionel Richie Can't Slow Down Pop Soul
35 2952 King Sunny Adé Synchro System Jj

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