Top Albums of 1983





Rank All Time Rank Artist Album Genres
1
69
R.E.M. Murmur Jangle Pop
2
126
Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones Experimental Rock, Singer/Songwriter
3
288
The Police Synchronicity New Wave, Pop Rock
4
300
Violent Femmes Violent Femmes Acoustic Rock, Alternative Rock, Folk Punk, Post-Punk
5
309
U2 War Alternative Rock, Post-Punk
6
337
New Order Power, Corruption & Lies New Wave, Post-Punk, Synthpop
7
718
Metallica Kill 'Em All Thrash Metal
8
815
Madonna Madonna Dance-Pop
9
817
Cyndi Lauper She's So Unusual Pop Rock
10
989
Aztec Camera High Land, Hard Rain Jangle Pop, New Wave
11
1019
Def Leppard Pyromania Glam Metal
12
1049
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Texas Flood Blues Rock, Electric Texas Blues
13
1052
ZZ Top Eliminator Hard Rock, Southern Rock
14
1101
The The Soul Mining Art Pop, New Wave
15
1147
Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This...) New Wave, Synthpop
16
1161
David Bowie Let's Dance Dance-Pop, Pop Rock
17
1208
Minor Threat Out of Step EP Hardcore Punk
18
1258
Talking Heads Speaking in Tongues Art Pop, New Wave
19
1419
Eurythmics Touch New Wave, Synthpop
20
1803
Baaba Maal & Mansour Seck Djam Leelii Mande Music, Mbalax
21
1867
Billy Idol Rebel Yell New Wave, Pop Rock
22
1961
Billy Bragg Life's a Riot with Spy vs. Spy Folk Punk, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
23
1990
Culture Club Colour by Numbers New Romantic, Pop
24
1997
Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi Film Score, Minimalism
25
2066
Dio Holy Diver Heavy Metal
26
2090
Elvis Costello and The Attractions Punch the Clock New Wave, Pop Soul
27
2219
Big Country The Crossing Celtic Rock, Pop Rock
28
2234
Womack and Womack Love Wars Soul
29
2243
U2 Under a Blood Red Sky Pop Rock, Post-Punk
30
2329
Bad Brains Rock for Light Hardcore Punk
31
2357
Lionel Richie Can't Slow Down Pop Soul
32
2426
The Go-Betweens Before Hollywood Indie Pop, Jangle Pop, Post-Punk
33
2438
Echo and the Bunnymen Porcupine Post-Punk
34
2516
Mötley Crüe Shout at the Devil Glam Metal, Heavy Metal
35
2762
Malcolm McLaren Duck Rock New Wave

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
King Sunny Adé Synchro System Jj
Mark Stewart + Maffia Learning to Cope with Cowardice Dub, Post-Punk
Randy Newman Trouble in Paradise Singer/Songwriter
UB40 Labour of Love Pop Reggae
Cocteau Twins Head Over Heels Dream Pop, Post-Punk
Charly García Clics Modernos New Wave, Pop Rock
Green on Red Gravity Talks Jangle Pop, Paisley Underground
The Robert Cray Band Bad Influence Blues Rock
The Fall Perverted by Language Post-Punk
Alan Vega Saturn Strip New Wave, Synth Punk
Paul Young No Parlez Blue Eyed Soul
Huey Lewis and The News Sports Pop Rock
X More Fun in the New World Punk Rock
Richard Thompson Hand of Kindness Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter
T-Bone Burnett Proof Through the Night Singer/Songwriter
Rain Parade Emergency Third Rail Power Trip Neo-Psychedelia, Paisley Underground
Social Distortion Mommy's Little Monster Punk Rock
Herbie Hancock Future Shock Electro
Bob Dylan Infidels Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Marillion Script for a Jester's Tear Neo-Prog
Jonathan Richman Jonathan Sings! Indie Pop
Wipers Over the Edge Post-Punk, Punk Rock
The Chameleons Script of the Bridge Post-Punk
John Cougar Mellencamp Uh-Huh Heartland Rock
Yello You Gotta Say Yes to Another Excess Electropop, Synthpop
Van Morrison Inarticulate Speech of the Heart Singer/Songwriter, Soft Rock
Jason & The Scorchers Fervor EP Cowpunk
Tears for Fears The Hurting Synthpop
Brian Eno Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks Soundtracks, Space Ambient
Paul Simon Hearts and Bones Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Lou Reed Legendary Hearts Rock
The Replacements Hootenanny Punk Rock
Mink DeVille Where Angels Fear to Tread Pop Rock
Suicidal Tendencies Suicidal Tendencies Hardcore Punk, Skate Punk
Depeche Mode Construction Time Again New Wave, Synthpop