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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.
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.
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).
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!
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???
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,
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
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.
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?
Unsurprisingly crap effort from Jan "Barney" Wenner and his cast of tin-eared sycophants. The inclusion of Tracy Chapman and "Double Fantasy" near the top tells you all you need to know about this list. The compilers worked overtime to bridge the gap between hippy nostalgia and SJW bona fides. I imagine they all got copies of "Freedom Rock" for their trouble.
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