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The list falls apart about halfway through in my opinion. Though I can kind of get their 500 best albums of all time list if this is what they think of the 80's.
Top 10's solid (except for tracy chapman's one) but the rest of the list looks sloppy. These are not the worst albums of the decade, but there's quite a bunch of records from the 80s better than them.
Also, wasn't London Calling released in 1979?
Can't argue with the top 2. Some definite holes, smiths , go-betweens etc.
Is Why Desintegration and Stone Roses in the top 10?
Ahhhh Rolling Stone, you have done it again!
Rolling stone list not as thorough as bestever overall list.
Love it, but now that some friends have made me listen to some other music I think it should have other bands instead of so many repeats.
If London Calling was released in 1979 anywhere in the world, it belongs on the 70's list. That kind of seems like tricky thing to do.
4 Springsteen albums and no Stone Roses or Pixies, shit list from the shittiest music reviewers not named Robert Christgau.
The list seemed revealing when I read it almost two decades ago – as a child brought up in the virtual cloister of outer-suburban Melbourne, I had no access to music not played on commercial radio, and in my youth commercial radio was basically playing mainstream music from the 1970s or 1980s.
However, with age the extreme limitations of this list are just too apparent. Even from reading in print books it is possible to gain hints that 1980s music and culture was not what I could hear or see in a suburban cloister, and in the Internet age the omissions, both from a personal and a cultural perspective, are almost laughable.
Heavy metal, hardcore, dream pop, and the earliest post-rock bands emerged in the 1980s to create new sounds in probably the most creative cultural period of all time at the start of the 1990s (though then I knew as little of it as if I were a Poor Clare who can only read religious texts!). The omissions are bad enough and I do not wish to name names.
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