Top Albums of 1987

RankAll Time
ArtistAlbumGenresBuy from
1 30 Prince Sign 'O' the Times Funk Rock, Pop Rock
2 39 U2 The Joshua Tree Alternative Rock, Pop Rock
3 61 Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction Hard Rock
4 320 Sonic Youth Sister Alternative Rock, Noise Rock
5 329 Eric B. & Rakim Paid in Full Boom Bap, Hardcore Hip Hop
6 370 R.E.M. Document Jangle Pop
7 429 Dinosaur Jr. You're Living All Over Me Indie Rock, Noise Rock
8 573 Pet Shop Boys Actually Synthpop
9 585 The Smiths Strangeways, Here We Come Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
10 607 Boogie Down Productions Criminal Minded Boom Bap
11 642 Public Enemy Yo! Bum Rush the Show Conscious Hip Hop, Hardcore Hip Hop
12 658 George Michael Faith Pop
13 672 Depeche Mode Music for the Masses Synthpop
14 689 John Hiatt Bring the Family Americana, Roots Rock, Singer/Songwriter
15 705 Hüsker Dü Warehouse: Songs and Stories Alternative Rock
16 746 Midnight Oil Diesel and Dust Pop Rock
17 755 Big Black Songs About Fucking Noise Rock, Post-Hardcore
18 785 Michael Jackson Bad Dance-Pop
19 862 The Replacements Pleased to Meet Me Alternative Rock, Power Pop
20 868 Bruce Springsteen Tunnel of Love Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
21 963 Def Leppard Hysteria AOR, Hard Rock
22 990 Sinéad O'Connor The Lion and the Cobra Alternative Rock, Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
23 1070 Salif Keita Soro Mande Music
24 1147 The Jesus and Mary Chain Darklands Alternative Rock
25 1169 Spacemen 3 The Perfect Prescription Neo-Psychedelia, Space Rock
26 1216 Napalm Death Scum Grindcore
27 1266 INXS Kick Pop Rock
28 1403 Terence Trent D'Arby Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby Contemporary R&B, Soul
29 1459 The Cult Electric Hard Rock
30 1526 David Sylvian Secrets of the Beehive Ambient Pop, Art Pop
31 1593 Pixies Come On Pilgrim EP Indie Rock
32 1647 Tom Waits Frank's Wild Years Singer/Songwriter
33 1753 The Wedding Present George Best C86, Jangle Pop
34 1837 Chris Isaak Chris Isaak Pop Rock
35 1861 Swans Children of God Experimental Rock, Post-Punk
36 1929 Sting ...Nothing Like the Sun Jazz Pop, Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop
37 1939 John Mellencamp The Lonesome Jubilee Heartland Rock
38 1960 Radio Futura La canción de Juan Perro New Wave, Pop Rock     
39 2015 Robbie Robertson Robbie Robertson Rock, Singer/Songwriter
40 2057 The Cure Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me Alternative Rock, Post-Punk
41 2079 Joe Satriani Surfing with the Alien Hard Rock
42 2082 Butthole Surfers Locust Abortion Technician Experimental Rock, Noise Rock
43 2087 Anthrax Among the Living Thrash Metal
44 2188 John Zorn Spillane Avant-Garde Jazz
45 2357 The Sisters of Mercy Floodland Gothic Rock
46 2453 Van Morrison Poetic Champions Compose Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
47 2469 10,000 Maniacs In My Tribe Folk Pop, Jangle Pop
48 2484 Suzanne Vega Solitude Standing Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
49 2515 Los Lobos By the Light of the Moon Americana, Tex-Mex
50 2582 LL Cool J BAD: Bigger and Deffer Hardcore Hip Hop

Some albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Ladysmith Black Mambazo Shaka Zulu Mbube, Nguni Folk Music
Fleetwood Mac Tango in the Night Soft Rock     
Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris Trio Country
Sly and Robbie Rhythm Killers Hip Hop, Ragga, Synth Funk
Dead Can Dance Within the Realm of a Dying Sun Neoclassical Darkwave
Aerosmith Permanent Vacation Hard Rock
The Go-Betweens Tallulah Indie Pop, Jangle Pop     
Whitesnake Whitesnake/1987 Hard Rock
The Housemartins The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
That Petrol Emotion Babble Indie Rock, Post-Punk
Lee 'Scratch' Perry & Dub Syndicate Time Boom x De Devil Dead Dub
Negativland Escape from Noise Plunderphonics
The Young Gods The Young Gods Experimental Rock, Industrial Rock     
The Bats Daddy's Highway Dunedin Sound, Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
Wynton Marsalis Live at Blues Alley Hard Bop
The Pastels Up for a Bit with The Pastels C86, Jangle Pop, Twee Pop
Alexander O'Neal Hearsay Smooth Soul
Laibach Opus Dei Industrial, Martial Industrial
Opal Happy Nightmare Baby Neo-Psychedelia, Paisley Underground     
Bill Frisell Lookout for Hope Avant-Garde Jazz, Jazz Fusion
Deacon Blue Raintown Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop
Willy DeVille Miracle Pop Rock
Abdel Aziz el Mubarak Abdel Aziz el Mubarak Arabic Pop
George Harrison Cloud Nine Pop Rock     
Julian Cope Saint Julian Neo-Psychedelia, New Wave, Psychedelic Pop
Hoodoo Gurus Blow Your Cool! Garage Rock, Power Pop
Cecil Taylor For Olim Free Jazz
Wynton Marsalis Marsalis Standard Time, Vol. 1 Jazz
Randy Travis Always & Forever Country