Louder Sound Top 200 albums of the 1980s (2018)

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Louder Sound Top 200 albums of the 1980s (2018)

Post by Pierre » Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:00 pm

The catchy title is just a way of putting it in parallel with the Pitchfork list of the same name from a few months ago to catch the eye of the unsuspecting AMer. Actually, it's just the aggregation of a series of 20 best albums per year Louder Sound (ex-Team Rock, aka Classic Rock, Metal Hammer & Prog) has put out over the course of the last few months. I've been waiting three weeks for the last one for 1989 to come out, and it did eventually two months later for no apparent reason whatsoever. Keep your eyes peeled from now on guys, because that's the last time I post here on the forum; I won't monitor any lists from this day on.

Here are the links:

https://www.loudersound.com/features/th ... -from-1980
https://www.loudersound.com/features/th ... ms-of-1981
https://www.loudersound.com/features/th ... -from-1982
https://www.loudersound.com/features/th ... ms-of-1983
https://www.loudersound.com/features/th ... ms-of-1984
https://www.loudersound.com/features/th ... ms-of-1985
https://www.loudersound.com/features/th ... -from-1986
https://www.loudersound.com/features/th ... -from-1987
https://www.loudersound.com/features/th ... ms-of-1988
https://www.loudersound.com/features/th ... ms-of-1989

Some personal observations: although they're still sticking to the hyper-classics, I find it interesting how Louder Sound are adding so many college rock outings to their lists. I wonder if they're trying to cater to a crowd that has been disappointed by the increasing focus of Pitchfork on pop music, funk and hip-hop. That might be a glimpse of your future, you college rock fans: you will have to search for your R.E.M. and Smiths reviews alongside those of Ratt and Van Halen.


AC/DC | Back in Black
Black Sabbath | Heaven & Hell
Dead Kennedys | Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
Dire Straits | Making Movies
Heart | Bebe Le Strange
Iron Maiden | Iron Maiden
Journey | Departure
Judas Priest | British Steel
Kate Bush | Never for Ever
Motörhead | Ace of Spades
Michael Schenker Group | Michael Schenker Group
Ozzy Osbourne | Blizzard of Ozz
Pretenders | Pretenders
REO Speedwagon | Hi Infidelity
Rush | Permanent Waves
Saxon | Wheels of Steel
Bruce Springsteen | The River
U2 | Boy
Van Halen | Women and Children First
Whitesnake | Live... In the Heart of the City


AC/DC | For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)
Black Sabbath | Mob Rules
Def Leppard | High 'n' Dry
Foreigner | 4
Iron Maiden | Killers
Japan | Tin Drum
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts | I Love Rock 'n' Roll
Journey | Escape
Mötley Crüe | Too Fast for Love
Motörhead | No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith
Rainbow | Difficult to Cure
Stevie Nicks | Bella Donna
Ozzy Osbourne | Diary of a Madman
Pretenders | Pretenders II
The Rolling Stones | Tattoo You
Rush | Moving Pictures
Saxon | Denim & Leather
Van Halen | Fair Warning
Venom | Welcome to Hell
ZZ Top | El Loco


Aerosmith | Rock in a Hard Place
Asia | Asia
The Clash | Combat Rock
The Cure | Pornography
Dire Straits | Love Over Gold
Rory Gallagher | Jinx
Gillan | Magic
Iron Maiden | The Number of the Beast
Judas Priest | Screaming for Vengeance
KISS | Creatures of the Night
Robert Plant | Pictures at Eleven
Rainbow | Straight Between the Eyes
Roxy Music | Avalon
Rush | Signals
Simple Minds | New Gold Dreams (81-82-83-84)
Bruce Springsteen | Nebraska
Toto | Toto IV
Van Halen | Diver Down
Venom | Black Metal
Whitesnake | Saints & Sinners


AC/DC | Flick of the Switch
Big Country | The Crossing
David Bowie | Let's Dance
Def Leppard | Pyromania
Dio | Holy Diver
Peter Gabriel | Plays Live
Journey | Frontiers
KISS | Lick It Up
Marillion | Script for a Jester's Tear
Mötley Crüe | Shout at the Devil
Ozzy Osbourne | Bark at the Moon
Pink Floyd | The Final Cut
Robert Plant | The Principle of Moments
The Police | Synchronicity
R.E.M. | Murmur
Talking Heads | Speaking in Tongues
U2 | Under a Blood Red Sky
Stevie Ray Vaughan | Texas Flood
Yes | 90125
ZZ Top | Eliminator


The Cars | Heartbeat City
The Cult | Dreamtime
Dio | The Last in Line
Dokken | Tooth & Nail
Echo & the Bunnymen | Ocean Rain
Hanoi Rocks | Two Steps from the Move
Don Henley | Building the Perfect Beast
Billy Idol | Rebel Yell
Iron Maiden | Powerslave
Judas Priest | Defenders of the Faith
Metallica | Ride the Lightning
Prince & the Revolution | Purple Rain
R.E.M. | Reckoning
Ratt | Out of the Cellar
The Replacements | Let It Be
Scorpions | Love at First Sting
Bruce Springsteen | Born in the USA
Twisted Sister | Stay Hungry
Van Halen | 1984
Roger Waters | The Pros & Cons of Hitch Hiking


The Bangles | Different Light
Kate Bush | Hounds of Love
The Cult | Love
The Cure | The Head on the Door
Dio | Sacred Heart
Dire Straits | Brothers in Arms
Heart | Heart
Hüsker Dü | New Day Rising
The Jesus and Mary Chain | Psychocandy
Marillion | Misplaced Childhood
Mötley Crüe | Theatre of Pain
Ratt | Invasion of Your Privacy
The Replacements | Tim
Rites of Spring | Rites of Spring
Simple Minds | Once Upon a Time
Slayer | Hell Awaits
The Smiths | Meat Is Murder
Talking Heads | Little Creatures
Tom Waits | Rain Dogs
ZZ Top | Afterburner


AC/DC | Who Made Who
Beastie Boys | Licensed to Ill
Big Country | The Seer
Bon Jovi | Slippery When Wet
Steve Earle | Guitar Town
Europe | The Final Countdown
Peter Gabriel | So
Genesis | Invisible Touch
Journey | Raised on Radio
Megadeth | Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
Metallica | Master of Puppets
Motörhead | Orgasmatron
Poison | Look What the Cat Dragged In
David Lee Roth | Eat 'Em and Smile
Paul Simon | Graceland
Slayer | Reign in Blood
The Smiths | The Queen Is Dead
Bruce Springsteen | Live/1975-1985
Status Quo | In the Army Now
Van Halen | 5150


Aerosmith | Permanent Vacation
Anthrax | Among the Living
The Cult | Electric
Def Leppard | Hysteria
Faith No More | Introduce Yourself
Fleetwood Mac | Tango in the Night
Guns N' Roses | Appetite for Destruction
Heart | Bad Animals
INXS | Kick
KISS | Crazy Nights
Marillion | Clutching at Straws
John Cougar Mellencamp | The Lonesome Jubilee
Mötley Crüe | Girls Girls Girls
Pink Floyd | A Momentary Lapse of Reason
R.E.M. | Document
The Replacements | Pleased to Meet Me
Bruce Springsteen | Tunnel of Love
U2 | The Joshua Tree
Roger Waters | Radio K.A.O.S.
Whitesnake | Whitesnake/1987


Blue Öyster Cult | Imaginos
Bon Jovi | New Jersey
Green on Red | Here Come the Snakes
Iron Maiden | Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Jane's Addiction | Nothing's Shocking
Kingdom Come | Kingdom Come
King's X | Out of the Silent Planet
Living Colour | Vivid
Megadeth | So Far, So Good... So What?
Metallica | ...And Justice for All
Pixies | Surfer Rosa
Robert Plant | Now and Zen
The Pursuit of Happiness | Love Junk
Queensrÿche | Operation: Mindcrime
R.E.M. | Green
David Lee Roth | Skyscraper
Slayer | South of Heaven
Sonic Youth | Daydream Nation
Soundgarden | Ultramega OK
Talking Heads | Naked


Aerosmith | Pump
Beastie Boys | Paul's Boutique
The Cult | Sonic Temple
The Cure | Disintegration
Bob Dylan | Oh Mercy
Faith No More | The Real Thing
Don Henley | The End of the Innocence
Lenny Kravitz | Let Love Rule
Mötley Crüe | Dr. Feelgood
Nirvana | Bleach
Tom Petty | Full Moon Fever
Pixies | Doolittle
Queen | The Miracle
Red Hot Chili Peppers | Mother's Milk
Lou Reed | New York
The Replacements | Don't Tell a Soul
Rush | Presto
Skid Row | Skid Row
The Stone Roses | The Stone Roses
W.A.S.P. | The Headless Children
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Re: Louder Sound Top 200 (-20) albums of the 1980s (2018)

Post by StevieFan13 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:25 pm

As long as they remembered the Smiths, I’m satisfied.
Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand - Sir Duke (1976)

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