Top Albums of 1985

RankAll Time
ArtistAlbumGenresBuy from
1 79 The Jesus and Mary Chain Psychocandy Noise Pop, Post-Punk
2 96 Tom Waits Rain Dogs Experimental Rock, Singer/Songwriter
3 160 Kate Bush Hounds of Love Art Pop, Progressive Pop
4 285 Prefab Sprout Steve McQueen/Two Wheels Good Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop
5 301 The Pogues Rum, Sodomy & the Lash Celtic Rock
6 407 Hüsker Dü New Day Rising Alternative Rock, Post-Hardcore
7 454 New Order Low-Life Alternative Dance, New Wave, Synthpop
8 487 The Replacements Tim Alternative Rock, Power Pop
9 509 The Fall This Nation's Saving Grace Post-Punk
10 546 The Cure The Head on the Door Alternative Rock, Post-Punk
11 574 The Smiths Meat Is Murder Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
12 590 Dire Straits Brothers in Arms Pop Rock
13 738 Sam Cooke Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 Southern Soul
14 899 LL Cool J Radio Hardcore Hip Hop
15 909 The Waterboys This Is the Sea Folk Rock, Pop Rock
16 1184 Tears for Fears Songs from the Big Chair New Wave, Pop Rock, Synthpop
17 1270 R.E.M. Fables of the Reconstruction Jangle Pop
18 1338 Sting The Dream of the Blue Turtles Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop
19 1390 Prince and The Revolution Around the World in a Day Neo-Psychedelia, Pop Rock, Psychedelic Soul
20 1393 Dexys Midnight Runners Don't Stand Me Down Blue Eyed Soul, New Wave
21 1402 The Velvet Underground VU Art Rock
22 1433 Talking Heads Little Creatures Art Pop
23 1435 Einstürzende Neubauten 1/2 Mensch Industrial
24 1443 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds The Firstborn Is Dead Post-Punk, Punk Blues
25 1506 Hüsker Dü Flip Your Wig Alternative Rock, Post-Hardcore
26 1672 John Cougar Mellencamp Scarecrow Heartland Rock
27 1684 Suzanne Vega Suzanne Vega Folk Pop, Singer/Songwriter
28 1720 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston Contemporary R&B, Pop
29 1757 The Cult Love Alternative Rock, Post-Punk
30 1831 Mekons Fear and Whiskey Cowpunk, Post-Punk
31 1865 Meat Puppets Up on the Sun Alt-Country, Alternative Rock, Cowpunk
32 1943 The Sisters of Mercy First and Last and Always Gothic Rock
33 2040 Scritti Politti Cupid & Psyche 85 Sophisti-Pop, Synthpop
34 2062 John Fogerty Centerfield Heartland Rock, Roots Rock
35 2065 Eurythmics Be Yourself Tonight New Wave, Pop
36 2238 Bérurier Noir Concerto pour détraqués Punk Rock     
37 2303 Marillion Misplaced Childhood Neo-Prog
38 2360 The Blasters Hard Line Rockabilly, Roots Rock          
39 2529 Simple Minds Once Upon a Time Pop Rock
40 2578 Chris Isaak Silvertone Pop Rock     
41 2661 Wynton Marsalis Black Codes (from the Underground) Post-Bop
42 2770 Youssou N'Dour Nelson Mandela Mbalax
43 2824 Simply Red Picture Book Blue Eyed Soul, Pop Soul
44 2832 Run-D.M.C. King of Rock Hardcore Hip Hop
45 2875 Ry Cooder Paris, Texas Acoustic Blues, Film Score
46 2900 Sonic Youth Bad Moon Rising No Wave, Noise Rock

Some albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel Nail Experimental Rock, Industrial
Bryan Ferry Boys and Girls Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop
The Chameleons What Does Anything Mean, Basically? Post-Punk     
Mantronix The Album Electro
Red Hot Chili Peppers Freaky Styley Alternative Rock, Funk, Funk Rock
Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Johnny Copeland Showdown! Electric Texas Blues
Iron Maiden Live After Death NWOBHM     
Barbra Streisand The Broadway Album Show Tunes, Standards
Luther Vandross The Night I Fell in Love Smooth Soul
Dead Can Dance Spleen and Ideal Darkwave
A-ha Hunting High and Low New Romantic, Synthpop     
Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians Fegmania! Jangle Pop, Neo-Psychedelia, Psychedelic Pop
The Style Council Our Favourite Shop/Internationalists Sophisti-Pop
Green on Red Gas Food Lodging Paisley Underground, Roots Rock
Sade Promise Smooth Soul, Sophisti-Pop     
Robert Palmer Riptide Pop Rock
Anthrax Spreading the Disease Thrash Metal
Camper Van Beethoven Telephone Free Landslide Victory Indie Rock     
Grant Green Born to Be Blue Cool Jazz, Hard Bop
Big Audio Dynamite This Is Big Audio Dynamite New Wave, Post-Punk
Artists United Against Apartheid Sun City Pop Rock
The Golden Palominos Visions of Excess Alternative Rock
Miles Davis & John Coltrane Live in Stockholm 1960 Hard Bop
Lone Justice Lone Justice Country Rock, Pop Rock
Tina Brooks Back to the Tracks Hard Bop
INXS Listen Like Thieves Pop Rock     
Level 42 World Machine Funk, Pop
Aretha Franklin Who's Zoomin' Who Pop Soul