Top Albums of 1984

RankAll Time
ArtistAlbumGenresBuy from
1 44 Prince and The Revolution Purple Rain Film Soundtrack, Pop Rock, Synth Funk
2 150 Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. Heartland Rock, Pop Rock
3 164 The Smiths The Smiths Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
4 194 The Replacements Let It Be Alternative Rock
5 208 Hüsker Dü Zen Arcade Hardcore Punk, Post-Hardcore
6 299 Minutemen Double Nickels on the Dime Post-Punk, Punk Rock
7 404 Echo and the Bunnymen Ocean Rain Post-Punk
8 470 U2 The Unforgettable Fire Alternative Rock, Pop Rock
9 528 Lloyd Cole and The Commotions Rattlesnakes Jangle Pop
10 552 R.E.M. Reckoning Jangle Pop
11 558 Talking Heads Stop Making Sense Art Rock, New Wave, Post-Punk
12 579 The Smiths Hatful of Hollow Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
13 613 Cocteau Twins Treasure Dream Pop, Ethereal Wave
14 716 Run-D.M.C. Run-D.M.C. Hardcore Hip Hop
15 717 Van Halen 1984 Hard Rock
16 820 Tina Turner Private Dancer Pop Rock, Soul
17 848 Frankie Goes to Hollywood Welcome to the Pleasuredome New Wave, Synthpop
18 849 Madonna Like a Virgin Pop
19 977 Meat Puppets Meat Puppets II Alternative Rock, Cowpunk
20 1057 Youssou N'Dour Immigres / Bitim Rew Mbalax
21 1058 Metallica Ride the Lightning Thrash Metal
22 1092 Los Lobos How Will the Wolf Survive? Tex-Mex
23 1196 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds From Her to Eternity Post-Punk
24 1208 Pretenders Learning to Crawl New Wave, Pop Rock
25 1269 Rubén Blades Buscando América Afro-Cuban Jazz, Salsa
26 1353 This Mortal Coil It'll End in Tears Dream Pop, Ethereal Wave
27 1454 David Sylvian Brilliant Trees Art Pop
28 1519 The Dream Syndicate Medicine Show Paisley Underground
29 1636 Sade Diamond Life Smooth Soul, Sophisti-Pop
30 1669 The Blue Nile A Walk Across the Rooftops Art Pop, Sophisti-Pop
31 1671 The Fall The Wonderful and Frightening World of...The Fall Post-Punk
32 1738 Violent Femmes Hallowed Ground Alternative Rock, Cowpunk, Folk Punk
33 1820 Manuel Göttsching E2-E4 Progressive Electronic
34 2106 The Style Council Café Bleu Sophisti-Pop
35 2131 The Special A.K.A. In the Studio 2 Tone
36 2269 Scott Walker Climate of Hunter Art Pop, Art Rock
37 2276 Iron Maiden Powerslave NWOBHM     
38 2345 Julian Cope Fried Neo-Psychedelia, Pop Rock
39 2364 The Gun Club The Las Vegas Story Post-Punk
40 2373 Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel Hole Industrial, Industrial Rock
41 2380 Alaska y Dinarama Deseo carnal New Wave, Pop Rock     
42 2429 Billy Bragg Brewing Up with Billy Bragg Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
43 2447 Bobby Womack The Poet II Soul
44 2514 Gabinete Caligari Cuatro rosas New Wave     
45 2545 Bronski Beat The Age of Consent Hi-NRG, Synthpop
46 2566 Bryan Adams Reckless Pop Rock
47 2610 Robyn Hitchcock I Often Dream of Trains Psychedelic Folk, Singer/Songwriter
48 2699 Radio Futura La ley del desierto, La ley del mar New Wave, Pop Rock          
49 2749 Fabrizio De André Crêuza de mä Contemporary Folk
50 2791 Hoodoo Gurus Stoneage Romeos Garage Rock, Power Pop
51 2916 Simple Minds Sparkle in the Rain New Wave, Pop Rock
52 2933 The Cars Heartbeat City New Wave, Pop Rock

Some albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Everything But the Girl Eden Jazz Pop, Sophisti-Pop
Bangles All Over the Place New Wave, Pop Rock
Lou Reed New Sensations Pop Rock
Arvo Pärt Tabula Rasa Minimalism
Scorpions Love at First Sting Hard Rock, Heavy Metal     
Laurie Anderson Mister Heartbreak Art Pop, Experimental Rock
Don Henley Building the Perfect Beast Pop Rock
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Couldn't Stand the Weather Blues Rock, Electric Texas Blues     
Butthole Surfers Psychic...Powerless...Another Man's Sac Noise Rock
Téléphone Un autre monde Rock     
Depeche Mode Some Great Reward Synthpop
The Waterboys A Pagan Place Pop Rock
Joe Jackson Body and Soul Art Pop, Jazz Pop
Carmel The Drum Is Everything Jazz Pop     
Steve Roach Structures from Silence Space Ambient     
The Pogues Red Roses for Me Celtic Punk, Celtic Rock     
Christy Moore Ride On Celtic Folk Music, Contemporary Folk
Teena Marie Starchild Dance-Pop, Funk
Harold Budd and Brian Eno The Pearl Ambient