Top Albums of the 1980s





Rank All Time Rank Artist Album Genres Year
1
18
Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back Conscious Hip Hop, Hardcore Hip Hop, Political Hip Hop 1988
2
23
Michael Jackson Thriller Contemporary R&B, Pop 1982
3
27
The Smiths The Queen Is Dead Indie Pop, Jangle Pop 1986
4
30
Prince Sign 'O' the Times Funk Rock, Pop Rock 1987
5
37
Talking Heads Remain in Light New Wave, Post-Punk 1980
6
40
U2 The Joshua Tree Alternative Rock, Pop Rock 1987
7
47
Prince and The Revolution Purple Rain Film Soundtrack, Pop Rock, Synth Funk 1984
8
51
Pixies Doolittle Indie Rock 1989
9
55
Joy Division Closer Post-Punk 1980
10
63
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction Hard Rock 1987
11
64
Sonic Youth Daydream Nation Alternative Rock, Experimental Rock, Noise Rock 1988
12
67
The Stone Roses The Stone Roses Baggy / Madchester 1989
13
70
R.E.M. Murmur Jangle Pop 1983
14
71
Paul Simon Graceland Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1986
15
73
De La Soul 3 Feet High and Rising Conscious Hip Hop 1989
16
86
The Jesus and Mary Chain Psychocandy Noise Pop, Post-Punk 1985
17
90
Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique Hip Hop 1989
18
97
N.W.A Straight Outta Compton Gangsta Rap 1988
19
105
Tom Waits Rain Dogs Experimental Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1985
20
116
AC/DC Back in Black Hard Rock 1980
21
123
Pixies Surfer Rosa Indie Rock 1988
22
135
Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. Heartland Rock, Pop Rock 1984
23
139
Bruce Springsteen Nebraska Americana, Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter 1982
24
144
Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones Experimental Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1983
25
153
Pretenders Pretenders New Wave 1980
26
163
Kate Bush Hounds of Love Art Pop, Progressive Pop 1985
27
175
Metallica Master of Puppets Thrash Metal 1986
28
184
The Smiths The Smiths Indie Pop, Jangle Pop 1984
29
186
Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill Hip Hop 1986
30
205
The Replacements Let It Be Alternative Rock 1984
31
207
Prince and The Revolution 1999 Pop, Synth Funk 1982
32
223
Hüsker Dü Zen Arcade Hardcore Punk, Post-Hardcore 1984
33
225
Run-D.M.C. Raising Hell Hardcore Hip Hop 1986
34
234
Peter Gabriel So Art Pop, Pop Rock 1986
35
262
The Cure Disintegration Gothic Rock, Post-Punk 1989
36
270
The Human League Dare! New Romantic, Synthpop 1981
37
279
The Police Synchronicity New Wave, Pop Rock 1983
38
305
Minutemen Double Nickels on the Dime Post-Punk, Punk Rock 1984
39
306
Bruce Springsteen The River Heartland Rock, Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1980
40
307
Eric B. & Rakim Paid in Full Boom Bap, Hardcore Hip Hop 1987
41
310
Violent Femmes Violent Femmes Acoustic Rock, Alternative Rock, Folk Punk, Post-Punk 1983
42
313
Elvis Costello and The Attractions Imperial Bedroom New Wave, Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1982
43
317
The Pogues Rum, Sodomy & the Lash Celtic Rock 1985
44
322
Prefab Sprout Steve McQueen/Two Wheels Good Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop 1985
45
323
Slayer Reign in Blood Thrash Metal 1986
46
332
Madonna Like a Prayer Pop 1989
47
342
U2 War Alternative Rock, Post-Punk 1983
48
346
Brian Eno - David Byrne My Life in the Bush of Ghosts Art Rock, Experimental Rock 1981
49
358
New Order Power, Corruption & Lies New Wave, Post-Punk, Synthpop 1983
50
378
Black Flag Damaged Hardcore Punk 1981
51
380
Sonic Youth Sister Alternative Rock, Noise Rock 1987
52
399
ABC The Lexicon of Love New Romantic, Synthpop 1982
53
400
R.E.M. Document Jangle Pop 1987
54
413
Talk Talk Spirit of Eden Post-Rock 1988
55
419
Prince Dirty Mind Pop Rock, Synth Funk 1980
56
420
Dexys Midnight Runners Searching for the Young Soul Rebels Blue Eyed Soul, New Wave 1980
57
421
Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables Hardcore Punk 1980
58
422
Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1988
59
429
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast NWOBHM 1982
60
431
Hüsker Dü New Day Rising Alternative Rock, Post-Hardcore 1985
61
433
Kraftwerk Computerwelt / Computer World Synthpop 1981
62
435
New Order Technique Alternative Dance, Synthpop 1989
63
439
Donald Fagen The Nightfly Jazz Pop, Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop 1982
64
458
The Clash Sandinista! Punk Rock 1980
65
459
X Los Angeles Punk Rock 1980
66
465
Lou Reed New York Rock 1989
67
466
Jane's Addiction Nothing's Shocking Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Hard Rock 1988
68
476
Richard and Linda Thompson Shoot Out the Lights Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1982
69
490
Echo and the Bunnymen Ocean Rain Post-Punk 1984
70
501
David Bowie Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) Art Rock, Pop Rock 1980
71
507
Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine Electro-Industrial, Industrial Rock 1989
72
512
The Cure Pornography Gothic Rock, Post-Punk 1982
73
514
Roxy Music Avalon New Romantic, Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop 1982
74
517
Dinosaur Jr. You're Living All Over Me Indie Rock, Noise Rock 1987
75
529
U2 The Unforgettable Fire Alternative Rock, Pop Rock 1984
76
537
Elvis Costello and The Attractions Get Happy!! New Wave, Pop Rock 1980
77
542
The Replacements Tim Alternative Rock, Power Pop 1985
78
543
The Feelies Crazy Rhythms New Wave, Post-Punk 1980
79
549
New Order Low-Life Alternative Dance, New Wave, Synthpop 1985
80
551
The Fall This Nation's Saving Grace Post-Punk 1985
81
552
XTC Skylarking Pop Rock, Psychedelic Pop 1986
82
562
Talking Heads Stop Making Sense Art Rock, New Wave, Post-Punk 1984
83
572
My Bloody Valentine Isn't Anything Dream Pop, Noise Pop, Shoegaze 1988
84
584
Lloyd Cole and The Commotions Rattlesnakes Jangle Pop 1984
85
591
George Michael Faith Pop 1987
86
594
Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man Singer/Songwriter, Sophisti-Pop 1988
87
597
R.E.M. Lifes Rich Pageant Jangle Pop 1986
88
599
Boogie Down Productions Criminal Minded Boom Bap 1987
89
600
Dire Straits Brothers in Arms Pop Rock 1985
90
613
Pet Shop Boys Actually Synthpop 1987
91
614
The Cure The Head on the Door Alternative Rock, Post-Punk 1985
92
619
King Sunny Adé Juju Music Jůjú 1982
93
630
R.E.M. Reckoning Jangle Pop 1984
94
631
The Smiths Strangeways, Here We Come Indie Pop, Jangle Pop 1987
95
637
Young Marble Giants Colossal Youth Post-Punk 1980
96
638
The Smiths Hatful of Hollow Indie Pop, Jangle Pop 1984
97
649
Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel (III) Art Rock 1980
98
650
Soul II Soul Club Classics Vol. One/Keep On Movin' Contemporary R&B, Dance-Pop 1989
99
651
Cyndi Lauper She's So Unusual Pop Rock 1983
100
661
Prince and The Revolution Parade Film Soundtrack, Pop Rock, Psychedelic Soul 1986
101
664
Janet Jackson Control Contemporary R&B, Dance-Pop 1986
102
666
The Smiths Meat Is Murder Indie Pop, Jangle Pop 1985
103
669
Van Halen 1984 Hard Rock 1984
104
671
Run-D.M.C. Run-D.M.C. Hardcore Hip Hop 1984
105
682
Motörhead Ace of Spades Hard Rock, Heavy Metal 1980
106
684
Madonna Madonna Dance-Pop 1983
107
696
Cocteau Twins Treasure Dream Pop, Ethereal Wave 1984
108
699
The Cure Seventeen Seconds Gothic Rock, Post-Punk 1980
109
713
Metallica Kill 'Em All Thrash Metal 1983
110
718
John Hiatt Bring the Family Americana, Roots Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1987
111
740
Rush Moving Pictures Hard Rock, Progressive Rock 1981
112
745
Public Enemy Yo! Bum Rush the Show Conscious Hip Hop, Hardcore Hip Hop 1987
113
746
Sam Cooke Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 Southern Soul 1985
114
747
Motörhead No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith Hard Rock, Heavy Metal 1981
115
757
Hüsker Dü Warehouse: Songs and Stories Alternative Rock 1987
116
768
Midnight Oil Diesel and Dust Pop Rock 1987
117
775
Depeche Mode Music for the Masses Synthpop 1987
118
776
Tina Turner Private Dancer Pop Rock, Soul 1984
119
780
The Jam Sound Affects Mod Revival, New Wave, Post-Punk 1980
120
786
Madonna Like a Virgin Pop 1984
121
787
The Go-Betweens 16 Lovers Lane Indie Pop, Jangle Pop 1988
122
789
Grace Jones Nightclubbing Art Pop, Dance-Pop, Sophisti-Pop 1981
123
795
The Pogues If I Should Fall from Grace with God Celtic Punk, Celtic Rock 1988
124
797
Laurie Anderson Big Science Art Pop, Experimental 1982
125
798
Duran Duran Rio New Romantic, Pop Rock, Synthpop 1982
126
799
Michael Jackson Bad Dance-Pop 1987
127
800
X Wild Gift Punk Rock 1981
128
803
Les Rita Mitsouko The No Comprendo New Wave 1986
129
818
Def Leppard Hysteria AOR, Hard Rock 1987
130
823
Bruce Springsteen Tunnel of Love Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1987
131
836
Anita Baker Rapture Smooth Soul 1986
132
839
Sonic Youth EVOL Experimental Rock, Noise Rock 1986
133
846
Nirvana Bleach Grunge 1989
134
851
Galaxie 500 On Fire Dream Pop, Slowcore 1989
135
858
Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation 1814 Dance-Pop, New Jack Swing 1989
136
862
The Gun Club Fire of Love Psychobilly, Punk Blues 1981
137
878
The Cramps Songs the Lord Taught Us Garage Punk, Psychobilly 1980
138
882
Neil Young Freedom Heartland Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1989
139
890
R.E.M. Green Jangle Pop 1988
140
902
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Tender Prey Gothic Rock, Post-Punk 1988
141
907
Frankie Goes to Hollywood Welcome to the Pleasuredome New Wave, Synthpop 1984
142
919
Soft Cell Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret New Wave, Synthpop 1981
143
924
Big Black Songs About Fucking Noise Rock, Post-Hardcore 1987
144
927
LL Cool J Radio Hardcore Hip Hop 1985
145
936
The Replacements Pleased to Meet Me Alternative Rock, Power Pop 1987
146
953
Squeeze East Side Story New Wave, Pop Rock 1981
147
955
XTC English Settlement Pop Rock 1982
148
960
Salif Keita Soro Mande Music 1987
149
964
Lucinda Williams Lucinda Williams Alt-Country, Americana, Singer/Songwriter 1988
150
967
Joe Jackson Night and Day Art Pop 1982
151
973
The Neville Brothers Yellow Moon New Orleans R&B, Soul 1989
152
976
Cowboy Junkies The Trinity Session Alt-Country, Contemporary Folk 1988
153
980
Fehlfarben Monarchie und Alltag Neue Deutsche Welle, Post-Punk 1980
154
989
Meat Puppets Meat Puppets II Alternative Rock, Cowpunk 1984
155
990
Talk Talk The Colour of Spring Art Pop, Chamber Pop 1986
156
991
Def Leppard Pyromania Glam Metal 1983
157
1000
Youssou N'Dour Immigres / Bitim Rew Mbalax 1984
158
1006
Bon Jovi Slippery when Wet Hard Rock 1986
159
1018
Hüsker Dü Candy Apple Grey Alternative Rock 1986
160
1019
U2 Boy Post-Punk 1980
161
1020
Tom Petty Full Moon Fever Heartland Rock, Pop Rock 1989
162
1032
Big Black Atomizer Noise Rock, Post-Hardcore 1986
163
1035
Sinéad O'Connor The Lion and the Cobra Alternative Rock, Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1987
164
1041
Los Lobos How Will the Wolf Survive? Tex-Mex 1984
165
1045
Steve Earle Guitar Town Alt-Country, Country Rock 1986
166
1050
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Texas Flood Blues Rock, Electric Texas Blues 1983
167
1052
The Costello Show King of America Folk Rock, Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1986
168
1055
Dinosaur Jr. Bug Indie Rock, Noise Rock 1988
169
1056
Echo and the Bunnymen Crocodiles Post-Punk 1980
170
1068
Metallica Ride the Lightning Thrash Metal 1984
171
1070
Aztec Camera High Land, Hard Rain Jangle Pop, New Wave 1983
172
1075
The Blue Nile Hats Sophisti-Pop 1989
173
1076
David Bowie Let's Dance Dance-Pop, Pop Rock 1983
174
1090
The Waterboys Fisherman's Blues Celtic Rock 1988
175
1091
The Waterboys This Is the Sea Folk Rock, Pop Rock 1985
176
1093
Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This...) New Wave, Synthpop 1983
177
1101
Simple Minds New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) New Wave, Synthpop 1982
178
1104
The Soft Boys Underwater Moonlight Jangle Pop, Neo-Psychedelia 1980
179
1105
The Police Zenyatta Mondatta New Wave, Pop Rock 1980
180
1108
ZZ Top Eliminator Hard Rock, Southern Rock 1983
181
1113
Faith No More The Real Thing Alternative Rock, Funk Metal 1989
182
1120
Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz Hard Rock, Heavy Metal 1980
183
1124
The Police Ghost in the Machine New Wave, Pop Rock 1981
184
1126
Mano Negra Puta's Fever Alternative Rock, Latin Alternative 1989
185
1131
INXS Kick Pop Rock 1987
186
1132
Happy Mondays Bummed Baggy / Madchester 1988
187
1136
Talking Heads Speaking in Tongues Art Pop, New Wave 1983
188
1153
Diana Ross Diana Disco 1980
189
1154
Bonnie Raitt Nick of Time Blues Rock, Pop Rock 1989
190
1158
Echo and the Bunnymen Heaven Up Here Post-Punk 1981
191
1161
Pretenders Learning to Crawl New Wave, Pop Rock 1984
192
1164
John Cale Music for a New Society Art Rock 1982
193
1168
Bad Brains I Against I Alternative Metal, Hardcore Punk 1986
194
1178
Minor Threat Out of Step EP Hardcore Punk 1983
195
1182
Eric B. & Rakim Follow the Leader Boom Bap, Hardcore Hip Hop 1988
196
1187
Billy Bragg Talking with the Taxman About Poetry Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1986
197
1188
The The Soul Mining Art Pop, New Wave 1983
198
1195
Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five The Message Disco Rap 1982
199
1201
Boogie Down Productions By All Means Necessary Boom Bap, Conscious Hip Hop, Hardcore Hip Hop, Political Hip Hop 1988
200
1202
Aerosmith Pump Hard Rock 1989
201
1208
808 State 90 Acid House 1989
202
1210
Bob Dylan Oh Mercy Folk Rock, Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1989
203
1215
The Specials More Specials 2 Tone 1980
204
1218
John Lennon & Yoko Ono Double Fantasy Pop Rock 1980
205
1222
Ultramagnetic MCs Critical Beatdown Boom Bap 1988
206
1224
Fugazi 13 Songs (Fugazi EP + Margin Walker EP) Post-Hardcore 1989
207
1226
Killing Joke Killing Joke Post-Punk 1980
208
1228
Mission of Burma Vs. Post-Punk 1982
209
1236
The Gun Club Miami Post-Punk, Punk Blues 1982
210
1246
Spacemen 3 The Perfect Prescription Neo-Psychedelia, Space Rock 1987
211
1248
Metallica ...And Justice for All Thrash Metal 1988
212
1254
Tears for Fears Songs from the Big Chair New Wave, Pop Rock, Synthpop 1985
213
1255
EPMD Strictly Business Boom Bap, Hardcore Hip Hop 1988
214
1260
Rickie Lee Jones Pirates Jazz Pop, Singer/Songwriter 1981
215
1264
Marvin Gaye Midnight Love Pop Soul, Smooth Soul 1982
216
1265
Jungle Brothers Done by the Forces of Nature Conscious Hip Hop 1989
217
1273
The Clash Combat Rock New Wave, Punk Rock 1982
218
1278
The Jesus and Mary Chain Darklands Alternative Rock 1987
219
1279
Whitney Houston Whitney Houston Contemporary R&B, Pop 1985
220
1286
Sade Diamond Life Smooth Soul, Sophisti-Pop 1984
221
1300
Elvis Costello and The Attractions Blood & Chocolate Pop Rock 1986
222
1302
Orange Juice You Can't Hide Your Love Forever Indie Pop, Jangle Pop 1982
223
1305
Kate Bush The Dreaming Art Pop, Progressive Pop 1982
224
1323
The Triffids Born Sandy Devotional Jangle Pop 1986
225
1324
R.E.M. Fables of the Reconstruction Jangle Pop 1985
226
1335
Dexys Midnight Runners Too-Rye-Ay New Wave 1982
227
1337
Neneh Cherry Raw Like Sushi Pop Rap 1989
228
1342
Rick James Street Songs Contemporary R&B, Synth Funk 1981
229
1349
Judas Priest British Steel Heavy Metal 1980
230
1350
Morrissey Viva Hate Jangle Pop 1988
231
1352
The Beat I Just Can't Stop It 2 Tone, New Wave 1980
232
1353
The Rolling Stones Tattoo You Rock 1981
233
1366
Japan Tin Drum Art Pop, New Romantic, Synthpop 1981
234
1367
Go-Go's Beauty and the Beat New Wave, Power Pop 1981
235
1381
Napalm Death Scum Grindcore 1987
236
1400
Bruce Springsteen Live 1975-1985 Heartland Rock 1986
237
1409
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Your Funeral... My Trial Gothic Rock, Post-Punk 1986
238
1410
Einstürzende Neubauten Kollaps Industrial 1981
239
1412
Mary Margaret O'Hara Miss America Alternative Singer/Songwriter 1988
240
1413
Marshall Crenshaw Marshall Crenshaw Power Pop 1982
241
1414
Terence Trent D'Arby Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby Contemporary R&B, Soul 1987
242
1418
Sting The Dream of the Blue Turtles Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop 1985
243
1427
Nick Cave feat. The Bad Seeds From Her to Eternity Post-Punk 1984
244
1433
Astor Piazzolla Tango: Zero Hour / Nuevo Tango: Hora Zero Tango Nuevo 1986
245
1439
Prince and The Revolution Around the World in a Day Neo-Psychedelia, Pop Rock, Psychedelic Soul 1985
246
1441
Spacemen 3 Playing with Fire Neo-Psychedelia, Space Rock 1989
247
1447
Magazine The Correct Use of Soap New Wave, Post-Punk 1980
248
1449
Bad Brains Bad Brains Hardcore Punk 1982
249
1451
Elvis Costello and The Attractions Trust Pop Rock 1981
250
1454
Rubén Blades Buscando América Afro-Cuban Jazz, Salsa 1984
251
1456
Eurythmics Touch New Wave, Synthpop 1983
252
1457
Living Colour Vivid Funk Metal, Hard Rock 1988
253
1461
King Crimson Discipline Art Rock, Progressive Rock 1981
254
1463
This Mortal Coil It'll End in Tears Dream Pop, Ethereal Wave 1984
255
1483
David Sylvian Secrets of the Beehive Ambient Pop, Art Pop 1987
256
1485
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden NWOBHM 1980
257
1507
John Lee Hooker The Healer Electric Blues 1989
258
1510
Einstürzende Neubauten 1/2 Mensch Industrial 1985
259
1512
Queensrÿche Operation: Mindcrime Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal 1988
260
1521
Madonna True Blue Synthpop 1986
261
1527
The Fall Hex Enduction Hour Art Punk, Post-Punk 1982
262
1528
The Teardrop Explodes Kilimanjaro New Wave, Post-Punk 1980
263
1540
The Cult Electric Hard Rock 1987
264
1542
The Associates Sulk Art Pop, New Romantic, Synthpop 1982
265
1546
Talking Heads Little Creatures Art Pop 1985
266
1550
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds The Firstborn Is Dead Post-Punk, Punk Blues 1985
267
1552
David Sylvian Brilliant Trees Art Pop 1984
268
1560
Dire Straits Making Movies Pop Rock 1980
269
1563
Dexys Midnight Runners Don't Stand Me Down Blue Eyed Soul, New Wave 1985
270
1569
Caetano Veloso Estrangeiro MPB, Singer/Songwriter 1989
271
1595
The Velvet Underground VU Art Rock 1985
272
1602
Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft Alles ist gut EBM, Neue Deutsche Welle, Synth Punk 1981
273
1619
Robert Cray Strong Persuader Blues Rock 1986
274
1625
The Birthday Party Prayers on Fire Noise Rock, Post-Punk 1981
275
1626
Crowded House Crowded House Pop Rock 1986
276
1634
Lenny Kravitz Let Love Rule Rock 1989
277
1644
Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel (IV)/Security Art Rock 1982
278
1650
Adam and The Ants Kings of the Wild Frontier New Wave 1980
279
1663
Manuel Göttsching E2-E4 Progressive Electronic 1984
280
1666
Suzanne Vega Suzanne Vega Folk Pop, Singer/Songwriter 1985
281
1676
Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell Hard Rock, Heavy Metal 1980
282
1677
Van Morrison & The Chieftains Irish Heartbeat Celtic Folk Music 1988
283
1685
Fingers Inc. Another Side Chicago House, Deep House 1988
284
1686
Tom Waits Frank's Wild Years Singer/Songwriter 1987
285
1700
Bauhaus In the Flat Field Gothic Rock, Post-Punk 1980
286
1702
The Go-Betweens Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express Indie Pop, Jangle Pop 1986
287
1703
The Traveling Wilburys Traveling Wilburys, Volume One Pop Rock 1988
288
1725
Orchestra Baobab Vol. 1: Senegambie/Vol. 2: Ngalam/Ken Dou Werente/Pirates Choice Afro-Cuban Jazz 1982
289
1731
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band Doc at the Radar Station Art Rock, Experimental Rock 1980
290
1732
Pixies Come On Pilgrim EP Indie Rock 1987
291
1734
Billy Idol Rebel Yell New Wave, Pop Rock 1983
292
1737
The Dream Syndicate The Days of Wine and Roses Jangle Pop, Paisley Underground 1982
293
1740
John Cougar Mellencamp Scarecrow Heartland Rock 1985
294
1747
Depeche Mode Black Celebration Synthpop 1986
295
1752
Gang of Four Solid Gold Post-Punk 1981
296
1765
Kate Bush The Sensual World Art Pop 1989
297
1768
Siouxsie and The Banshees Juju Gothic Rock, Post-Punk 1981
298
1771
Hüsker Dü Flip Your Wig Alternative Rock, Post-Hardcore 1985
299
1784
The Cult Love Alternative Rock, Post-Punk 1985
300
1786
Coil Horse Rotorvator Industrial 1986
301
1787
The Sugarcubes Life's Too Good Alternative Rock, Post-Punk 1988
302
1790
U2 Rattle and Hum Pop Rock 1988
303
1797
Phil Collins Face Value Pop Rock 1981
304
1800
The Housemartins London 0 Hull 4 Jangle Pop 1986
305
1802
The The Infected Art Pop, Synthpop 1986
306
1803
Heaven 17 Penthouse and Pavement New Wave, Synthpop 1981
307
1805
Black Uhuru Red Roots Reggae 1981
308
1806
Arthur Russell World of Echo Ambient Pop, Art Pop 1986
309
1808
The Birthday Party Junkyard Noise Rock, Post-Punk, Punk Blues 1982
310
1815
Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force Planet Rock - The Album Electro 1986
311
1827
The Psychedelic Furs Talk Talk Talk New Wave, Post-Punk 1981
312
1835
The Dream Syndicate Medicine Show Paisley Underground 1984
313
1838
Toto IV AOR, Pop Rock 1982
314
1842
Virgin Prunes ...If I Die, I Die Gothic Rock, Post-Punk 1982
315
1843
The Blue Nile A Walk Across the Rooftops Art Pop, Sophisti-Pop 1984
316
1851
Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi Film Score, Minimalism 1983
317
1862
Slick Rick The Great Adventures of Slick Rick Hardcore Hip Hop 1988
318
1864
Culture Club Colour by Numbers New Romantic, Pop 1983
319
1870
Baaba Maal & Mansour Seck Djam Leelii Mande Music, Mbalax 1983
320
1873
Inner City Paradise/Big Fun Detroit Techno, House 1989
321
1878
The Fall The Wonderful and Frightening World of...The Fall Post-Punk 1984
322
1892
Linton Kwesi Johnson Bass Culture Dub Poetry 1980
323
1901
808 State Newbuild Acid House 1988
324
1905
Ketama/Toumani Diabaté/Danny Thompson Songhai African Folk Music, Flamenco Nuevo, Songhai Music 1988
325
1913
Swans Children of God Experimental Rock, Post-Punk 1987
326
1938
Alain Bashung Play Blessures Coldwave 1982
327
1940
Flipper Album - Generic Flipper Noise Rock, Punk Rock 1982
328
1941
Venom Black Metal NWOBHM, Speed Metal 1982
329
1944
John Mellencamp The Lonesome Jubilee Heartland Rock 1987
330
1945
Trio Trio Neue Deutsche Welle 1981
331
1952
Roy Orbison Mystery Girl Pop Rock 1989
332
1959
Mekons The Mekons Rock'n'roll Alternative Rock, Post-Punk 1989
333
1964
Throwing Muses Throwing Muses Indie Rock, Post-Punk 1986
334
1969
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Kicking Against the Pricks Post-Punk, Punk Blues 1986
335
1973
Dio Holy Diver Heavy Metal 1983
336
1980
Enya Watermark Celtic New Age 1988
337
1982
Billy Bragg Life's a Riot with Spy vs. Spy Folk Punk, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1983
338
1989
Lionel Richie Can't Slow Down Pop Soul 1983
339
1990
Minor Threat Minor Threat [EP 1981 / LP 1984] Hardcore Punk 1981
340
1999
Pata Negra Blues de la frontera Flamenco Nuevo 1988
341
2002
UB40 Signing Off Reggae 1980
342
2027
Lou Reed The Blue Mask Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1982
343
2050
Stray Cats Stray Cats/Built for Speed Rockabilly 1981
344
2056
Bérurier Noir Concerto pour détraqués Punk Rock 1985
345
2067
Sting ...Nothing Like the Sun Jazz Pop, Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop 1987
346
2071
The Special A.K.A. In the Studio 2 Tone 1984
347
2075
Megadeth Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? Speed Metal, Thrash Metal 1986
348
2079
Jungle Brothers Straight out the Jungle Conscious Hip Hop 1988
349
2080
This Heat Deceit Experimental Rock, Post-Punk 1981
350
2083
Julian Cope Fried Neo-Psychedelia, Pop Rock 1984
351
2089
Pet Shop Boys Introspective Dance-Pop, Synthpop 1988
352
2093
U2 Under a Blood Red Sky Pop Rock, Post-Punk 1983
353
2099
Violent Femmes Hallowed Ground Alternative Rock, Cowpunk, Folk Punk 1984
354
2118
Womack and Womack Love Wars Soul 1983
355
2119
Anthrax Among the Living Thrash Metal 1987
356
2133
Scritti Politti Cupid & Psyche 85 Sophisti-Pop, Synthpop 1985
357
2142
Elvis Costello and The Attractions Punch the Clock New Wave, Pop Soul 1983
358
2144
Pet Shop Boys Please Dance-Pop, Synthpop 1986
359
2145
Radio Futura La canción de Juan Perro New Wave, Pop Rock 1987
360
2147
Chris Isaak Chris Isaak Pop Rock 1987
361
2153
Ministry The Land of Rape and Honey Industrial, Industrial Metal, Industrial Rock 1988
362
2155
Bryan Adams Reckless Pop Rock 1984
363
2162
Joe Satriani Surfing with the Alien Hard Rock 1987
364
2168
Tom Waits Heartattack and Vine Blues Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1980
365
2179
The Blues Brothers The Blues Brothers Film Soundtrack, Rhythm & Blues 1980
366
2182
The Wedding Present George Best C86, Jangle Pop 1987
367
2193
Mekons Fear and Whiskey Cowpunk, Post-Punk 1985
368
2196
Died Pretty Free Dirt Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia 1986
369
2198
Bob Marley and The Wailers Uprising Roots Reggae 1980
370
2200
Robbie Robertson Robbie Robertson Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1987
371
2207
Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance Heavy Metal 1982
372
2213
The Cure Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me Alternative Rock, Post-Punk 1987
373
2214
The Style Council Café Bleu Sophisti-Pop 1984
374
2218
The House of Love The House of Love (I) Indie Pop, Jangle Pop 1988
375
2232
Michelle Shocked Short Sharp Shocked Alt-Country, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1988
376
2234
John Fogerty Centerfield Heartland Rock, Roots Rock 1985
377
2245
Journey Escape AOR, Pop Rock 1981
378
2247
Bronski Beat The Age of Consent Hi-NRG, Synthpop 1984
379
2250
Scritti Politti Songs to Remember New Wave, Sophisti-Pop 1982
380
2252
Midnight Oil 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 New Wave, Post-Punk 1982
381
2256
Ry Cooder Paris, Texas Acoustic Blues, Film Score 1985
382
2276
New Order Brotherhood Alternative Dance, New Wave, Synthpop 1986
383
2280
Meat Puppets Up on the Sun Alt-Country, Alternative Rock, Cowpunk 1985
384
2282
Rockpile Seconds of Pleasure Power Pop, Pub Rock 1980
385
2284
Peter Gabriel Passion (Music for The Last Temptation of Christ) Ambient, Film Score, New Age, Regional Music 1989
386
2303
Bob Mould Workbook Indie Rock 1989
387
2306
Stevie Wonder Hotter Than July Pop Soul 1980
388
2312
Miles Davis Tutu Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Funk 1986
389
2340
Gabinete Caligari Cuatro rosas New Wave 1984
390
2341
Iron Maiden Powerslave NWOBHM 1984
391
2345
American Music Club California Folk Rock, Slowcore 1988
392
2350
The Sisters of Mercy First and Last and Always Gothic Rock 1985
393
2359
XTC Black Sea New Wave, Pop Rock, Post-Punk 1980
394
2363
Steely Dan Gaucho Jazz-Rock, Pop Rock 1980
395
2377
k.d. Lang Shadowland Nashville Sound 1988
396
2379
The Raincoats Odyshape Post-Punk 1981
397
2380
Yazoo Upstairs at Eric's Synthpop 1982
398
2383
Mötley Crüe Shout at the Devil Glam Metal, Heavy Metal 1983
399
2391
Daniel Lanois Acadie Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1989
400
2392
Dwight Yoakam Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. Bakersfield Sound 1986
401
2396
Suzanne Vega Solitude Standing Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1987
402
2411
Eurythmics Be Yourself Tonight New Wave, Pop 1985
403
2415
Camper Van Beethoven Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart Indie Rock 1988
404
2421
Alaska y Dinarama Deseo carnal New Wave, Pop Rock 1984
405
2424
Big Country The Crossing Celtic Rock, Pop Rock 1983
406
2427
Arvo Pärt Tabula Rasa Minimalism 1984
407
2431
The Cramps Psychedelic Jungle Garage Punk, Psychobilly 1981
408
2436
Marillion Misplaced Childhood Neo-Prog 1985
409
2453
John Zorn Spillane Avant-Garde Jazz 1987
410
2460
The Go-Betweens Before Hollywood Indie Pop, Jangle Pop, Post-Punk 1983
411
2470
Slayer South of Heaven Thrash Metal 1988
412
2479
The Cars Heartbeat City New Wave, Pop Rock 1984
413
2481
Lyle Lovett Pontiac Alt-Country 1988
414
2482
Robyn Hitchcock I Often Dream of Trains Psychedelic Folk, Singer/Songwriter 1984
415
2492
Prince Lovesexy Contemporary R&B, Funk, Pop Rock 1988
416
2497
Radio Futura La ley del desierto, La ley del mar New Wave, Pop Rock 1984
417
2504
Pete Townshend Empty Glass Pop Rock 1980
418
2507
The Cult Sonic Temple Hard Rock 1989
419
2522
The Sisters of Mercy Floodland Gothic Rock 1987
420
2523
Bad Religion Suffer Melodic Hardcore, Skate Punk 1988
421
2533
Bangles Different Light Pop Rock 1986
422
2534
Bad Brains Rock for Light Hardcore Punk 1983
423
2535
Scott Walker Climate of Hunter Art Pop, Art Rock 1984
424
2542
Guy Guy New Jack Swing 1988
425
2546
Queen Latifah All Hail the Queen Pop Rap 1989
426
2550
Van Morrison No Guru, No Method, No Teacher Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1986
427
2552
k.d. Lang Absolute Torch and Twang Country 1989
428
2570
Au Pairs Playing with a Different Sex Post-Punk 1981
429
2571
Fabrizio De André Crêuza de mä Contemporary Folk 1984
430
2574
Glenn Branca The Ascension No Wave, Noise Rock 1981
431
2578
Urban Dance Squad Mental Floss for the Globe Rap Rock 1989
432
2588
Indigo Girls Indigo Girls Folk Pop, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1989
433
2593
The Blasters Hard Line Rockabilly, Roots Rock 1985
434
2599
Elvis Costello Spike Alternative Rock, Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1989
435
2602
George Clinton Computer Games P-Funk, Synth Funk 1982
436
2610
Keith Richards Talk Is Cheap Blues Rock 1988
437
2614
Paul Kelly [Australia] Gossip Singer/Songwriter 1986
438
2620
New Order Movement Post-Punk 1981
439
2624
X Under the Big Black Sun Punk Rock 1982
440
2625
Hoodoo Gurus Stoneage Romeos Garage Rock, Power Pop 1984
441
2629
Pat Metheny & Ornette Coleman Song X Free Jazz 1986
442
2640
Butthole Surfers Locust Abortion Technician Experimental Rock, Noise Rock 1987
443
2648
Simple Minds Once Upon a Time Pop Rock 1985
444
2655
The dB's Stands for Decibels Jangle Pop, Power Pop 1981
445
2672
Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca Industrial, Post-Punk 1981
446
2698
Wynton Marsalis Black Codes (from the Underground) Post-Bop 1985
447
2721
Suicide Alan Vega/Martin Rev - Suicide Synth Punk, Synthpop 1980
448
2726
Stan Ridgway The Big Heat New Wave, Synthpop 1986
449
2729
Marquis de Sade Rue De Siam Post-Punk 1981
450
2741
Public Image Ltd. Album/Compact Disc/Cassette Alternative Rock, Post-Punk 1986
451
2744
Chris Isaak Silvertone Pop Rock 1985
452
2749
Barbra Streisand The Broadway Album Show Tunes, Standards 1985
453
2751
Big Daddy Kane Long Live the Kane Boom Bap, Hardcore Hip Hop 1988
454
2752
Mudhoney Superfuzz Bigmuff EP Garage Punk, Grunge 1988
455
2755
David Murray Ming Avant-Garde Jazz 1980
456
2776
LL Cool J BAD: Bigger and Deffer Hardcore Hip Hop 1987
457
2780
Bobby Womack The Poet II Soul 1984
458
2782
Van Morrison Avalon Sunset Pop Rock 1989
459
2791
Echo and the Bunnymen Porcupine Post-Punk 1983
460
2793
Cameo Word Up! Contemporary R&B, Synth Funk 1986
461
2794
Simply Red Picture Book Blue Eyed Soul, Pop Soul 1985
462
2798
The Residents Commercial Album Art Pop, Satire 1980
463
2809
The Church Starfish Dream Pop, Jangle Pop, Neo-Psychedelia 1988
464
2824
Van Morrison Poetic Champions Compose Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1987
465
2828
Front 242 Front by Front EBM 1988
466
2836
Rush Permanent Waves Hard Rock, Progressive Rock 1980
467
2841
Descendents Milo Goes to College Hardcore Punk, Skate Punk 1982
468
2849
Ultravox Vienna New Romantic, Synthpop 1980
469
2855
Fine Young Cannibals The Raw and the Cooked New Wave, Pop Rock 1989
470
2863
Los Lobos By the Light of the Moon Americana, Tex-Mex 1987
471
2868
Stevie Nicks Bella Donna Soft Rock 1981
472
2875
Sonic Youth Bad Moon Rising No Wave, Noise Rock 1985
473
2882
Half Japanese 1/2 Gentlemen / Not Beasts Experimental Rock, Noise Rock, Punk Rock 1980
474
2893
The The Mind Bomb Alternative Rock, Art Pop, Pop Rock 1989
475
2894
The Neville Brothers Fiyo on the Bayou New Orleans R&B, Pop Soul 1981
476
2898
Don Henley The End of the Innocence Pop Rock 1989
477
2905
Tom Verlaine Dreamtime Art Punk, Post-Punk 1981
478
2914
The Gun Club The Las Vegas Story Post-Punk 1984
479
2915
Brian Eno Ambient 4: On Land Ambient 1982
480
2917
Fleshtones Roman Gods Garage Rock Revival 1981
481
2919
Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel Hole Industrial, Industrial Rock 1984
482
2920
Cold Chisel East Pub Rock 1980
483
2926
Everything But the Girl Eden Jazz Pop, Sophisti-Pop 1984
484
2931
The Cure Faith Gothic Rock, Post-Punk 1981
485
2935
Wall of Voodoo Call of the West New Wave, Synthpop 1982
486
2940
Scorpions Blackout Hard Rock, Heavy Metal 1982
487
2941
10,000 Maniacs In My Tribe Folk Pop, Jangle Pop 1987
488
2951
Malcolm McLaren Duck Rock New Wave 1983
489
2952
Kid Creole and The Coconuts Wise Guy/Tropical Gangsters Disco, Pop 1982
490
2954
Steve Roach Dreamtime Return Tribal Ambient 1988
491
2974
Youssou N'Dour Nelson Mandela Mbalax 1985
492
2980
The Jacksons Triumph Pop Soul, Synth Funk 1980
493
2982
Billy Bragg Brewing Up with Billy Bragg Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1984
494
2990
Don Henley Building the Perfect Beast Pop Rock 1984
495
2994
Steve Winwood Arc of a Diver Pop Rock 1980
496
2995
Ladysmith Black Mambazo Shaka Zulu Mbube, Nguni Folk Music 1987
497
2999
The Woodentops Giant Indie Pop, Indie Rock 1986
498
3000
Whitesnake Whitesnake/1987 Hard Rock 1987

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Run-D.M.C. King of Rock Hardcore Hip Hop 1985
Felt Forever Breathes the Lonely Word Indie Pop, Jangle Pop 1986
Pat Metheny Offramp Jazz Fusion 1981
Wipers Youth of America Post-Punk, Punk Rock 1981
XTC Oranges & Lemons Pop Rock 1989
Foreigner 4 AOR, Hard Rock, Pop Rock 1981
Squeeze Argybargy Power Pop 1980
Gregory Isaacs Night Nurse Lovers Rock 1982
The Blasters The Blasters Rockabilly, Roots Rock 1981
They Might Be Giants They Might Be Giants Alternative Rock, Indie Pop 1986
Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock & Jack DeJohnette Standards Live Post-Bop 1986
The Lounge Lizards The Lounge Lizards Avant-Garde Jazz 1981
Téléphone Un autre monde Rock 1984
Julee Cruise Floating into the Night Ambient Pop, Dream Pop 1989
The Psychedelic Furs Forever Now New Wave 1982
Mano Negra Patchanka Alternative Rock, Folk Punk, Latin Alternative 1988
Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Joan Jett/Bad Reputation Garage Rock, Hard Rock 1980
The Feelies The Good Earth Indie Pop, Post-Punk 1986
Aerosmith Permanent Vacation Hard Rock 1987
Talking Heads The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads Art Punk, New Wave 1982
Mission of Burma Signals, Calls and Marches EP Post-Punk 1981
Green on Red Here Come the Snakes Paisley Underground 1988
Galaxie 500 Today Indie Pop, Slowcore 1988
The Associates Fourth Drawer Down New Wave, Post-Punk 1981
Dead Can Dance Within the Realm of a Dying Sun Neoclassical Darkwave 1987
Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris Trio Country 1987
Mark Stewart + Maffia Learning to Cope with Cowardice Dub, Post-Punk 1983
Godflesh Streetcleaner Industrial Metal, Sludge Metal 1989
Steve Earle Copperhead Road Alt-Country, Country Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1988
King Sunny Adé Synchro System Jůjú 1983
John Hiatt Slow Turning Americana, Singer/Songwriter 1988
Red Hot Chili Peppers Mother's Milk Alternative Rock, Funk Rock 1989
Fleetwood Mac Tango in the Night Soft Rock 1987
Bryan Ferry Boys and Girls Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop 1985
Mink DeVille Coup de Grace Pop Rock 1981
John Foxx Metamatic Synthpop 1980
Cheb Khaled & Safy Boutella Kutché Raď 1988
The Sound Jeopardy Post-Punk 1980
Randy Newman Trouble in Paradise Singer/Songwriter 1983
Jennifer Warnes Famous Blue Raincoat: The Songs of Leonard Cohen Pop Rock 1986
The Chameleons Script of the Bridge Post-Punk 1983
Abdullah Ibrahim Water from an Ancient Well Cool Jazz 1986
Mink DeVille Le Chat Bleu Pop Rock 1980
Television Personalities ...And Don't the Kids Just Love It Indie Pop, Post-Punk 1981
Graham Parker The Mona Lisa's Sister Pop Rock 1988
George Jones I Am What I Am Nashville Sound 1980
Nacha Pop Nacha Pop New Wave, Pop Rock 1980
Naked City Torture Garden Avant-Garde Jazz, Grindcore 1989
Hunters & Collectors Human Frailty Alternative Rock, Pop Rock 1986
Art Ensemble of Chicago Full Force Avant-Garde Jazz 1980
DeLillos Suser Avgårde Pop Rock 1986
The B-52's Wild Planet New Wave 1980
Cold Chisel Circus Animals Pub Rock 1982
Huey Lewis and The News Sports Pop Rock 1983
Depeche Mode Some Great Reward Synthpop 1984
Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Johnny Copeland Showdown! Electric Texas Blues 1985
U2 October Alternative Rock, Post-Punk 1981
Iron Maiden Killers NWOBHM 1981
Ozzy Osbourne Diary of a Madman Hard Rock, Heavy Metal 1981
Prince Controversy Pop Rock, Synth Funk 1981
Dire Straits Love Over Gold Rock 1982
The Robert Cray Band Bad Influence Blues Rock 1983
Noir Désir Veuillez rendre l'âme (à qui elle appartient) Alternative Rock 1989
Christian Death Only Theatre of Pain Death Rock 1982
Mantronix The Album Electro 1985
Bangles All Over the Place New Wave, Pop Rock 1984
Van Morrison Beautiful Vision Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1982
Sade Promise Smooth Soul, Sophisti-Pop 1985
Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels Dream Pop, Post-Punk 1983
Depeche Mode Speak & Spell New Romantic, Synthpop 1981
The Undertones Hypnotised Pop Punk 1980
David Lee Roth Eat 'Em & Smile Hard Rock 1986
UB40 Labour of Love Pop Reggae 1983
Pat Metheny 80/81 Jazz 1980
Camper Van Beethoven Key Lime Pie Indie Rock 1989
The Jam The Gift Mod Revival, New Wave, Power Pop 1982
Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel Nail Experimental Rock, Industrial 1985
Ministry The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste Industrial Metal, Industrial Rock 1989
The Go-Betweens Tallulah Indie Pop, Jangle Pop 1987
Fela Coffin for Head of State Afrobeat 1981
Salt 'n' Pepa Hot, Cool & Vicious Pop Rap 1986
Randy Travis Storms of Life Contemporary Country 1986
Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls Jazz 1981
Prefab Sprout From Langley Park to Memphis Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop 1988
Meat Beat Manifesto Storm the Studio Industrial 1989
Charly García Clics Modernos New Wave, Pop Rock 1983
Emmylou Harris Roses in the Snow Country 1980
John Cougar American Fool Pop Rock 1982
Scorpions Love at First Sting Hard Rock, Heavy Metal 1984
They Might Be Giants Lincoln Alternative Rock, Indie Pop 1988
A-ha Hunting High and Low New Romantic, Synthpop 1985
Joan Jett and The Blackhearts I Love Rock'n'roll Hard Rock 1981
Alaska y Los Pegamoides Grandes éxitos New Wave 1982
Siouxsie and The Banshees A Kiss in the Dreamhouse Gothic Rock, Post-Punk 1982
John Zorn Spy Vs. Spy Avant-Garde Jazz 1989
Randy Newman Land of Dreams Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1988
A-ha Scoundrel Days Synthpop 1986
Bauhaus Mask Gothic Rock, Post-Punk 1981
Durutti Column The Return of The Durutti Column Art Rock, Post-Punk 1980
T-Bone Burnett Proof Through the Night Singer/Songwriter 1983
A.R.Kane 69 Dream Pop, Experimental Rock 1988
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Architecture & Morality New Wave, Synthpop 1981
The Tragically Hip Up to Here Roots Rock 1989
Wynton Marsalis Live at Blues Alley Hard Bop 1988
Ramones End of the Century Punk Rock 1980
Laurie Anderson Mister Heartbreak Art Pop, Experimental Rock 1984
Erasure The Innocents Synthpop 1988
Devo Freedom of Choice New Wave 1980
Crowded House Temple of Low Men Pop Rock 1988
Sepultura Beneath the Remains Thrash Metal 1989
Simple Minds Sparkle in the Rain New Wave, Pop Rock 1984
Richard Thompson Hand of Kindness Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1983
Culture Club Kissing to Be Clever New Romantic, Pop 1982
The Style Council Our Favourite Shop / Internationalists Sophisti-Pop 1985
Van Halen 5150 Hard Rock 1986
Misfits Walk Among Us Hardcore Punk, Horror Punk 1982
Tuxedomoon Half Mute Experimental Rock, Post-Punk 1980
Green on Red Gravity Talks Jangle Pop, Paisley Underground 1983
Public Image Ltd. The Flowers of Romance Experimental Rock, Post-Punk 1981
Luther Vandross The Night I Fell in Love Smooth Soul 1985
Lou Reed New Sensations Pop Rock 1984
Joe Henderson The State of the Tenor: Live at the Village Vanguard, Volume 1 Jazz 1986
The Fall Grotesque (After the Gramme) Post-Punk 1980
Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band Ice Cream for Crow Art Rock, Blues Rock, Experimental Rock 1982
Simple Minds Sons and Fascination Art Rock, New Wave, Synthpop 1981
James Stutter Indie Pop 1986
Sly and Robbie Rhythm Killers Hip Hop, Ragga, Synth Funk 1987
DumDum Boys Splitter Pine Pop Rock 1989
Negativland Escape from Noise Plunderphonics 1987
The Undertones Positive Touch Pop Punk, Power Pop 1981
The Time What Time Is It? Synth Funk 1982
The Fall Perverted by Language Post-Punk 1983
Tears for Fears The Hurting Synthpop 1983
Fela Original Sufferhead Afrobeat 1981
Clint Black Killin' Time Contemporary Country 1989
X More Fun in the New World Punk Rock 1983
Bobby Brown Don't Be Cruel Dance-Pop, New Jack Swing 1988
Tuxedomoon Desire Experimental Rock, Post-Punk 1981
Barbra Streisand Guilty Adult Contemporary 1980
Danzig Danzig Hard Rock, Heavy Metal 1988
The Jim Carroll Band Catholic Boy New Wave 1980
Miles Davis & John Coltrane Live in Stockholm 1960 Hard Bop 1985
Lyle Lovett Lyle Lovett Progressive Country, Singer/Songwriter 1986
Boredoms Soul Discharge/Soul Discharge 99 Experimental Rock, Noise Rock 1989
Rain Parade Emergency Third Rail Power Trip Neo-Psychedelia, Paisley Underground 1983
Paul McCartney Tug of War Pop Rock 1982
Franco Battiato La voce del padrone New Wave, Singer/Songwriter 1981
Red Hot Chili Peppers Freaky Styley Alternative Rock, Funk, Funk Rock 1985
Steve Reich/Kronos Quartet/Pat Metheny Different Trains/Electric Counterpoint Minimalism 1989
John Cougar Mellencamp Uh-Huh Heartland Rock 1983
Paul Young No Parlez Blue Eyed Soul 1983
The Bats Daddy's Highway Dunedin Sound, Indie Pop, Jangle Pop 1987
Butthole Surfers Psychic... Powerless... Another Man's Sac Noise Rock 1984
Madness Absolutely 2 Tone, Pop 1980
Dead Can Dance Spleen and Ideal Darkwave 1985
The Beat Special Beat Service 2 Tone 1982
Steve Roach Structures from Silence Space Ambient 1984
Bill Frisell Lookout for Hope Avant-Garde Jazz, Jazz Fusion 1987
The Housemartins The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death Indie Pop, Jangle Pop 1987
The Fall Bend Sinister Post-Punk 1986
The Young Gods L'eau Rouge Industrial Rock 1989
The Chameleons What Does Anything Mean, Basically? Post-Punk 1985
Brygada Kryzys Brygada Kryzys Post-Punk 1982
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Couldn't Stand the Weather Blues Rock, Electric Texas Blues 1984
Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son Heavy Metal 1988
Bob Dylan Infidels Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1983
Marillion Script for a Jester's Tear Neo-Prog 1983
Siouxsie and The Banshees Kaleidoscope Post-Punk 1980
Pretenders Pretenders II New Wave 1981
Herbie Hancock Future Shock Electro 1983
Biz Markie Goin' Off Boom Bap 1988
The Chameleons Strange Times Post-Punk 1986
Nic Jones Penguin Eggs Contemporary Folk, English Folk Music, Singer/Songwriter 1980
That Petrol Emotion Babble Indie Rock, Post-Punk 1987
Dick Gaughan Handful of Earth Scottish Folk Music 1981
DeLillos Hjernen er Alene Pop Rock 1989
Chris Isaak Heart Shaped World Pop Rock, Rock & Roll 1989
Tom Waits One from the Heart Film Soundtrack, Vocal Jazz 1982
Social Distortion Mommy's Little Monster Punk Rock 1983
Virgo Virgo Chicago House 1989
Jonathan Richman Jonathan Sings! Indie Pop 1983
Smokey Robinson Warm Thoughts Soul 1980
Sonny Sharrock Guitar Avant-Garde Jazz 1986
Alan Vega Saturn Strip New Wave, Synth Punk 1983
Angry Samoans Back from Samoa Hardcore Punk 1982
Lee 'Scratch' Perry & Dub Syndicate Time Boom x De Devil Dead Dub 1987
Jason & The Scorchers Fervor EP Cowpunk 1983
Grant Green Born to Be Blue Cool Jazz, Hard Bop 1985
Bad Religion No Control Melodic Hardcore, Skate Punk 1989
Robert Palmer Riptide Pop Rock 1985
Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians Fegmania! Jangle Pop, Neo-Psychedelia, Psychedelic Pop 1985
The Pastels Up for a Bit with The Pastels C86, Jangle Pop, Twee Pop 1987
John Zorn The Big Gundown Avant-Garde Jazz 1986
David & David Boomtown Pop Rock 1986
Green on Red Gas Food Lodging Paisley Underground, Roots Rock 1985
The Chills Kaleidoscope World Dunedin Sound, Jangle Pop 1986
Wipers Over the Edge Post-Punk, Punk Rock 1983
Van Morrison Inarticulate Speech of the Heart Singer/Songwriter, Soft Rock 1983
Artists United Against Apartheid Sun City Pop Rock 1985
De Press Block to Block New Wave, Post-Punk 1981
Yello Solid Pleasure Experimental, Synthpop 1980
Robert Wyatt Nothing Can Stop Us Canterbury Scene 1982
Was (Not Was) What Up, Dog? Pop 1988
David Sylvian Gone to Earth Ambient Pop, Art Pop 1986
Ella Fitzgerald Ella in Rome: The Birthday Concert Vocal Jazz 1988
Nanci Griffith The Last of the True Believers Americana, Contemporary Country, Singer/Songwriter 1986
Constance Demby Novus Magnificat: Through the Stargate Neoclassical New Age, Space Ambient 1986
Anthrax Spreading the Disease Thrash Metal 1985
Keith Tippett Mujician Avant-Garde Jazz 1982
Ted Hawkins Watch Your Step Soul 1982
The D.O.C. No One Can Do It Better Hardcore Hip Hop 1989
Bobby Womack The Poet Soul 1981
The J. Geils Band Freeze Frame New Wave, Pop Rock 1981
Simple Minds Empires and Dance New Wave, Post-Punk 1980
Yello You Gotta Say Yes to Another Excess Electropop, Synthpop 1983
Deacon Blue Raintown Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop 1987
Defunkt Defunkt Jazz-Funk 1980
The Waterboys A Pagan Place Pop Rock 1984
John Scofield Time on My Hands Jazz 1989
Carmel The Drum Is Everything Jazz Pop 1984
Laurie Anderson Strange Angels Art Pop 1989
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Hard Promises Heartland Rock, Pop Rock 1981
Kid Creole and The Coconuts Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places Pop 1981
Iron Maiden Live After Death NWOBHM 1985
Chic Real People Disco, Funk 1980
James Brown Soul Syndrome Soul 1980
This Mortal Coil Filigree and Shadow Dream Pop, Ethereal Wave 1986
David Lindley El Rayo-X Pop Reggae, Rock & Roll 1981
Def Leppard High 'n' Dry Hard Rock, NWOBHM 1981
Jaco Pastorius Word of Mouth Jazz Fusion 1981
The Young Gods The Young Gods Experimental Rock, Industrial Rock 1987
Jakob Hellman ...och stora havet Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Pop Rock 1989
Vangelis Chariots of Fire Film Score, Progressive Electronic 1981
Hothouse Flowers People Folk Rock, Pop Rock 1988
Black Uhuru Sinsemilla Roots Reggae 1980
Everything But the Girl Idlewild Sophisti-Pop 1988
Joe Jackson Body and Soul Art Pop, Jazz Pop 1984
Rush Exit...Stage Left Hard Rock, Progressive Rock 1981
Duran Duran Duran Duran New Romantic, Synthpop 1981
Talking Heads True Stories Art Pop, Pop Rock 1986
Defunkt Thermonuclear Sweat Jazz-Funk 1982
Penguin Café Orchestra Penguin Café Orchestra Chamber Jazz 1981
Donna Summer The Wanderer Pop Soul 1980
The Rolling Stones Steel Wheels Rock 1989
Paul Simon Hearts and Bones Pop, Singer/Songwriter 1983
Barbara Manning Lately I Keep Scissors Singer/Songwriter 1988
Madness The Rise and Fall New Wave, Pop, Ska 1982
Ebba Grön Kärlek & Uppror Punk Rock 1981
Smokey Robinson Being with You Soul 1981
Trouble Funk Drop the Bomb Go-Go 1982
Swell Maps Jane from Occupied Europe Art Punk, Post-Punk 1980
The Golden Palominos Visions of Excess Alternative Rock 1985
Alexander O'Neal Hearsay Smooth Soul 1987
CCCP Fedeli Alla Linea Affinità-divergenze tra il Compagno Togliatti e noi Art Punk, Post-Punk 1986
Soundgarden Louder Than Love Alternative Metal, Grunge, Hard Rock 1989
Laibach Opus Dei Industrial, Martial Industrial 1987
The Replacements Hootenanny Punk Rock 1983
Lou Reed Legendary Hearts Rock 1983
The Psychedelic Furs The Psychedelic Furs Post-Punk 1980
Brian Eno Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks Soundtracks, Space Ambient 1983
Derek Bailey Aida Free Improvisation 1981
Cecil Taylor For Olim Free Jazz 1987
Camper Van Beethoven Telephone Free Landslide Victory Indie Rock 1985
Kate Bush Never for Ever Art Pop 1980
The Beautiful South Welcome to the Beautiful South Sophisti-Pop 1989
Harold Budd and Brian Eno Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror Ambient 1980
Opal Happy Nightmare Baby Neo-Psychedelia, Paisley Underground 1987
Womack and Womack Conscience Contemporary R&B, Soul 1988
Carla Bley Social Studies Jazz 1980
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo Road to the Riches Boom Bap, Hardcore Hip Hop 1989
Christy Moore Ride On Celtic Folk Music, Contemporary Folk 1984
Steve Winwood Back in the High Life Pop Rock 1986
Sun Ra Arkestra Sunrise in Different Dimensions Free Jazz, Post-Bop 1981
Daryl Hall & John Oates Private Eyes Blue Eyed Soul 1981
The Fall The Frenz Experiment Alternative Rock, Post-Punk 1988
Discharge Hear Nothing, Say Nothing, See Nothing D-Beat 1982
Wipers Is This Real? Punk Rock 1980
Big Audio Dynamite This Is Big Audio Dynamite New Wave, Post-Punk 1985
Material One Down Disco, Funk 1982
Branford Marsalis Trio Jeepy Jazz 1989
The B-52's Cosmic Thing New Wave, Pop 1989
Willy DeVille Miracle Pop Rock 1987
Sarah Vaughan Crazy and Mixed Up Vocal Jazz 1982
Level 42 World Machine Funk, Pop 1985
Schoolly D Schoolly D Gangsta Rap 1986
Mink DeVille Where Angels Fear to Tread Pop Rock 1983
Napalm Death From Enslavement to Obliteration Grindcore 1988
The Pogues Red Roses for Me Celtic Punk, Celtic Rock 1984
Thelonious Monk Live at the It Club Hard Bop 1982
Lone Justice Lone Justice Country Rock, Pop Rock 1985
Peter Case Peter Case Folk Pop, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1986
T-Bone Burnett T-Bone Burnett Alt-Country, Roots Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1986
The Feelies Only Life Jangle Pop, Post-Punk 1988
The Sound From the Lion's Mouth Post-Punk 1981
Eric Clapton Journeyman Blues Rock 1989
Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes Live - Reach Up and Touch the Sky Rock 1981
Dead Can Dance The Serpent's Egg Neoclassical Darkwave 1988
Amy Grant Age to Age CCM 1982
Zoot Sims plus Joe Pass Blues for 2 Jazz 1982
Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians Element of Light Jangle Pop, Psychedelic Pop 1986
Johnny Copeland Copeland Special Blues, Blues Rock 1981
Voivod Dimension Hatröss Progressive Metal, Technical Thrash Metal 1988
Half Japanese Charmed Life Alternative Rock, Experimental Rock 1988
Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids Art Pop, New Romantic 1980
Teena Marie Starchild Dance-Pop, Funk 1984
Teena Marie It Must Be Magic Funk, Soul 1981
Roy Orbison A Black and White Night Live Pop Rock 1989
Al Jarreau Breakin' Away Jazz Pop, Smooth Jazz 1981
George Harrison Cloud Nine Pop Rock 1987
Harold Budd and Brian Eno The Pearl Ambient 1984
Abdel Aziz el Mubarak Abdel Aziz el Mubarak Arabic Pop 1987
The Fall Slates Post-Punk 1981
Chick Corea, Miroslav Vitous & Roy Haynes Trio Music Avant-Garde Jazz 1982
Randy Travis Always & Forever Country 1987
The Teardrop Explodes Wilder Neo-Psychedelia, Post-Punk 1981
The dB's Repercussion Jangle Pop, Power Pop 1982
Wynton Marsalis Marsalis Standard Time, Vol. 1 Jazz 1987
Roky Erickson & The Aliens The Evil One Hard Rock, Psychedelic Rock 1981
Aretha Franklin Who's Zoomin' Who Pop Soul 1985
The Wonder Stuff The Eight Legged Groove Machine Indie Pop, Indie Rock 1988
Julian Cope Saint Julian Neo-Psychedelia, New Wave, Psychedelic Pop 1987
The Beat Wha'ppen? 2 Tone 1981
Robert Nighthawk Live on Maxwell Street 1964/And This Is Maxwell Street Blues 1980
INXS Listen Like Thieves Pop Rock 1985
Tina Brooks Back to the Tracks Hard Bop 1985
Hoodoo Gurus Blow Your Cool! Garage Rock, Power Pop 1987
Philip Glass Glassworks Minimalism 1982
Colin Newman A-Z Post-Punk 1980
Art Farmer Blame It on My Youth Jazz 1988
Wall of Voodoo Dark Continent Minimal Wave, New Wave 1981
Keith Whitley I Wonder Do You Think of Me Country 1989
Frank Zappa You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 2: The Helsinki Concert Comedy Rock, Experimental Rock, Jazz-Rock 1988
B.B. King There Must Be a Better World Somewhere Blues, Blues Rock 1981
The Wonder Stuff Hup Indie Pop 1989
Depeche Mode Construction Time Again New Wave, Synthpop 1983
Suicidal Tendencies Suicidal Tendencies Hardcore Punk, Skate Punk 1983