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100 Best Albums of the Eighties by Rolling Stone (1989)

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London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
I know we use the original release date of 1979 on this site, but in the US it wasn't released until January 1980 therefore qualifying for this list by Rolling Stone.
Year of Release:1979*Appears in:2,301 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:95,022
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:16
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,600 votes)
Comments: 219 comments
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Purple RainUnited States Prince And The Revolution
Year of Release:1984Appears in:1,037 charts
Rank in 1984:1Rank Score:26,061
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:96
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,214 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,507 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:49,395
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:36
Average Rating:  82/100 (2,023 votes)
Comments: 197 comments
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Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,500 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:46,973
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:40
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,738 votes)
Comments: 143 comments
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GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:858 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:20,523
Rank in 1980s17Overall Rank:126
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,054 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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Born In The U.S.A.United States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1984Appears in:662 charts
Rank in 1984:4Rank Score:13,690
Rank in 1980s25Overall Rank:202
Average Rating:  77/100 (1,039 votes)
Comments: 58 comments
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ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:1,214 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:31,933
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:72
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,705 votes)
Comments: 121 comments
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MurmurUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1983Appears in:868 charts
Rank in 1983:1Rank Score:18,769
Rank in 1980s18Overall Rank:142
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,090 votes)
Comments: 79 comments
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Shoot Out The LightsUnited Kingdom Richard & Linda Thompson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:160 charts
Rank in 1982:20Rank Score:1,873
Rank in 1980s199Overall Rank:1,262
Average Rating:  78/100 (179 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:403 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:5,419
Rank in 1980s68Overall Rank:490
Average Rating:  78/100 (471 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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100 Best Albums of the Eighties composition

Year Albums %


1980 14 14%
1981 5 5%
1982 10 10%
1983 15 15%
1984 10 10%
1985 9 9%
1986 10 10%
1987 11 11%
1988 7 7%
1989 5 5%
Artist Albums %


Bruce Springsteen 4 4%
Prince 3 3%
R.E.M. 2 2%
John Cougar Mellencamp 2 2%
The Rolling Stones 2 2%
Elvis Costello & The Attractions 2 2%
U2 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 58 58%
United Kingdom 29 29%
Mixed Nationality 5 5%
Australia 3 3%
Canada 2 2%
Ireland 2 2%
Jamaica 1 1%
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    68/100 (from 142 votes)
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    60/100
    From sssvnnn
    That s a poor chart that ignores most of the typical 80`s acts.
    It´s a chart like: What did my 60`s ad 70`s heroes do in the 80´s.
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    30/100
    It's not that it doesn't respect some of the best records of the decade, it's that it seemingly ignores the outstanding innovation made by a whole host of records from across the world in one of the most diverse times for music, popular and underground. Too predictable for its own good.
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    40/100
    Reading through the comments, there are several considerations here:

    1. 'Double Fantasy' was released on November 17, 1980, so it is an 80s album.
    2. London Calling was released on December, 14, 1979. So, it depends on how technical you want to get.
    3. To their detriment, Rolling Stone couldn't give a shit about strength of composition or musicianship when ranking these albums. They've always catered to culture and relevance. So if you're interested in a musical list, then go elsewhere.
    4. The exclusion of many well-deserving pop and metal albums on this list is a sham.
    5. In the original 1989 article, RS had the audacity to state that there were no real musical revolutions in the 80s. I guess they had no clue about musical revolutions started by Eddie Van Halen, The Clash, or Run DMC. Like every decade in popular music, the 80s was a musical capsule filled with plenty of revolutions.
    6. The fact that the original RS article was written in 1989 would lead me to believe that, if given another shot at it, RS would make quite a few changes. As was mentioned earlier, the attempt to bridge 60's hippie and psychadelic rock with 80's pop/new wave/ metal, is blatant.
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    75/100
    From Johnnyo
    Given their track record, I approached this Rolling Stone chart with great trepidation. To my relief, it's not 1/2 bad. rather predictable (as you'd expect) but a lot of essential choices here (& some awful picks).
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    Just made a chart with my top 40 Albums, but it lacks 80’s albums. I’m definarely going to give lots of these a listen!
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    30/100
    Not awful, but could be much, much better. For starters, it is ridiculous that London Calling is included, being that it was released in 1979. Doesn't really matter when it was released in the States. Second of all, some of the great alt rock classics of the decade (The Queen Is Dead, Doolittle, Document, Daydream Nation etc) should be close to the top just based solely on how much they would influence the next decade of rockers. Also, what in the world is Double Fantasy doing on this list???
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    Not awful, but could be much, much better. For starters, it is ridiculous that London Calling is included, being that it was released in 1979. Doesn't really matter when it was released in the States. Second of all, some of the great alt rock classics of the decade (The Queen Is Dead, Doolittle, Document,
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    30/100
    I have listened to just over half on this chart and there are some great albums on it. Overall though I don't think i wouldn't rank more than 30/60. Wasn't London's Calling in the 70's. I have some more listening to do
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    Did Rolling Stone decide to leave half of the classic albums from the 80's off their list? It seems they did. Wonder if it was on purpose or because their staff have cloth ears.
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    From Crumpet
    As a list from the Rolling Stone, this isn't as bad as you may expect, but the whole thing is still highly flawed. The lack of British stuff in here is to be expected from the Droll-ing Stone fellows, but I don't understand how we don't at least make up a third of the entires. I wouldn't mind the lack of British albums if the list had a wide range of nationalities included, but, as usual America dominates the list (I won't deny there are plenty of great American albums but 59%? I believe this may be a sighn that the Rolling Stone's trademark tin ear is acting up again).

    Also, how can a list of the best 80s albums contain only 1 Smiths album? I mean come on?
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