Top Albums of 1985





Rank All Time Rank Artist Album Genres
1
81
The Jesus and Mary Chain Psychocandy Noise Pop, Post-Punk
2
92
Tom Waits Rain Dogs Experimental Rock, Singer/Songwriter
3
157
Kate Bush Hounds of Love Art Pop, Progressive Pop
4
289
Prefab Sprout Steve McQueen/Two Wheels Good Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop
5
295
The Pogues Rum, Sodomy & the Lash Celtic Rock
6
431
Hüsker Dü New Day Rising Alternative Rock, Post-Hardcore
7
508
The Fall This Nation's Saving Grace Post-Punk
8
517
New Order Low-Life Alternative Dance, New Wave, Synthpop
9
523
The Replacements Tim Alternative Rock, Power Pop
10
566
The Cure The Head on the Door Alternative Rock, Post-Punk
11
584
Dire Straits Brothers in Arms Pop Rock
12
597
The Smiths Meat Is Murder Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
13
798
Sam Cooke Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 Southern Soul
14
929
LL Cool J Radio Hardcore Hip Hop
15
964
The Waterboys This Is the Sea Folk Rock, Pop Rock
16
1353
Tears for Fears Songs from the Big Chair New Wave, Pop Rock, Synthpop
17
1360
R.E.M. Fables of the Reconstruction Jangle Pop
18
1397
Prince and The Revolution Around the World in a Day Neo-Psychedelia, Pop Rock, Psychedelic Soul
19
1411
Sting The Dream of the Blue Turtles Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop
20
1444
Talking Heads Little Creatures Art Pop
21
1530
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds The Firstborn Is Dead Post-Punk, Punk Blues
22
1533
Einstürzende Neubauten 1/2 Mensch Industrial
23
1537
The Velvet Underground VU Art Rock
24
1549
Dexys Midnight Runners Don't Stand Me Down Blue Eyed Soul, New Wave
25
1577
Hüsker Dü Flip Your Wig Alternative Rock, Post-Hardcore
26
1626
Suzanne Vega Suzanne Vega Folk Pop, Singer/Songwriter
27
1638
Whitney Houston Whitney Houston Contemporary R&B, Pop
28
1699
The Cult Love Alternative Rock, Post-Punk
29
1708
John Cougar Mellencamp Scarecrow Heartland Rock
30
2050
Mekons Fear and Whiskey Cowpunk, Post-Punk
31
2085
Meat Puppets Up on the Sun Alt-Country, Alternative Rock, Cowpunk
32
2095
Scritti Politti Cupid & Psyche 85 Sophisti-Pop, Synthpop
33
2107
The Sisters of Mercy First and Last and Always Gothic Rock
34
2174
John Fogerty Centerfield Heartland Rock, Roots Rock
35
2238
Eurythmics Be Yourself Tonight New Wave, Pop
36
2341
Bérurier Noir Concerto pour détraqués Punk Rock
37
2375
Marillion Misplaced Childhood Neo-Prog
38
2391
Wynton Marsalis Black Codes (from the Underground) Post-Bop
39
2474
Simple Minds Once Upon a Time Pop Rock
40
2581
The Blasters Hard Line Rockabilly, Roots Rock
41
2697
Ry Cooder Paris, Texas Acoustic Blues, Film Score
42
2773
Run-D.M.C. King of Rock Hardcore Hip Hop
43
2776
Youssou N'Dour Nelson Mandela Mbalax
44
2899
Simply Red Picture Book Blue Eyed Soul, Pop Soul
45
2969
Chris Isaak Silvertone Pop Rock

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Sonic Youth Bad Moon Rising No Wave, Noise Rock
Bryan Ferry Boys and Girls Pop Rock, Sophisti-Pop
Barbra Streisand The Broadway Album Show Tunes, Standards
Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel Nail Experimental Rock, Industrial
A-ha Hunting High and Low New Romantic, Synthpop
Mantronix The Album Electro
The Chameleons What Does Anything Mean, Basically? Post-Punk
The Style Council Our Favourite Shop / Internationalists Sophisti-Pop
Sade Promise Smooth Soul, Sophisti-Pop
Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Johnny Copeland Showdown! Electric Texas Blues
Dead Can Dance Spleen and Ideal Darkwave
Red Hot Chili Peppers Freaky Styley Alternative Rock, Funk, Funk Rock
Luther Vandross The Night I Fell in Love Smooth Soul
Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians Fegmania! Jangle Pop, Neo-Psychedelia, Psychedelic Pop
Iron Maiden Live After Death NWOBHM
Green on Red Gas Food Lodging Paisley Underground, Roots Rock
Robert Palmer Riptide Pop Rock
Miles Davis & John Coltrane Live in Stockholm 1960 Hard Bop
The Golden Palominos Visions of Excess Alternative Rock
Anthrax Spreading the Disease Thrash Metal
Artists United Against Apartheid Sun City Pop Rock
Grant Green Born to Be Blue Cool Jazz, Hard Bop
Camper Van Beethoven Telephone Free Landslide Victory Indie Rock
Big Audio Dynamite This Is Big Audio Dynamite New Wave, Post-Punk
Lone Justice Lone Justice Country Rock, Pop Rock
Tina Brooks Back to the Tracks Hard Bop
Level 42 World Machine Funk, Pop
INXS Listen Like Thieves Pop Rock
Aretha Franklin Who's Zoomin' Who Pop Soul