Top 100 Music Albums of the 1980s by Tamthebam (2019)

Not my most favourite decade but once I started compiling this chart I began to realise that it wasn't that bad! I went through some bad times during this time so that may have influenced my choices, I loved Linda Ronstadt's album "What's New" and this made me investigate the original torch singers who first sang the songs on this great albun of covers. RnB/Soul music was what I was listening to most at this time. I enjoy all types of music except heavy metal. I did not include any compilation albums that are already included in my year charts.

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Her 2nd album is as good as her debut. This album contains 4 of her greatest songs ever Lucky Guy, Living It Up, We Belong Together & the sprawling Traces of the Western Slopes. The title track is also a strong song the weakest track is The Returns. To me its the best album released in the 80's [First added to this chart: 08/26/2013]
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1981
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Linda Ronstadt is a well known country/rock singer and released many successful albums during the 70's. This album was one of the first to feature songs from the 1920-50 era that so many singers these days seem to find a need to record and ruin. Linda Ronstadt's versions of these songs are amazing she has a very strong and moving voice and backed by the Nelson Riddle Orchestra brings the songs here to life again. A beautiful late night listen to relax with. [First added to this chart: 10/24/2013]
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1983
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One of the best soul albums of all time. Anita Baker has an amazing voice jazzy and emotional. This is her best album every track is a winner the best being Sweet Love, Rapture, Same Old Love & U Bring Me Joy. Compositions is another great album of hers. [First added to this chart: 08/26/2013]
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1986
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This is the best Streisand album out there. After making a whole bunch of pop albums in the 70's, she decided to revisit Broadway songs which was how her recording career began & Broadway songs were basically all she released up to 1968. The orchestration and her choice of songs is impeccable the album flows from one track to another until the climax ,the final track "Somewhere". A wonderful album and her voice is amazing. [First added to this chart: 08/26/2013]
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1985
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This was away ahead of its time it took me years to get into it ! The 2nd side is an amazing adventure in lyrical musicianship and I never related to it until I was older. Side 1 is not bad either ! [First added to this chart: 10/24/2013]
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1985
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One of the best album of the 80's and in my opinion still their best album. Full of great songs Where the Streets...... being the best and the final track Mothers..... being the weakest. [First added to this chart: 08/26/2013]
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1987
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After a 5 year break marriage and childbirth another great album by Rickie Lee Jones appeared. I used to love listening to this album on a Sunday night a beautiful flow of Jazz Soul and folk. The best tracks are Rodeo Girl, Ghost Train, Away From the Sky, The Horses & a cover of Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying. The title track and Atlas' Marker are also brilliant. Her voice sends shivers it is unique. [First added to this chart: 08/26/2013]
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1989
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I've been a Prince fan since the early 80's and this is still my favourite Prince album. Maybe not his most prolific but it is quirky and holds together as unit, I love the atmosphere created by the first 4 tracks and the tracks Kiss, Boys & Girls & Sometimes In Snows In April. Venus De Milo is a beautiful instrumental, altogether an album that hasn't dated. [First added to this chart: 08/26/2013]
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1986
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Timeless is the best way to describe this album in fact it was ahead of its time when released. The obvious influence of African rhythms and vocals brought a new sound to most well at least to me. I know world music existed but it took Paul Simon, a prominent musician, to bring it to peoples attention with this album & Rhythm of the Saints. The best tracks on this album are Under African Skies, Homeless, Graceland & You Can Call Me Al. The Boy in The Bubble is also worth a listen. [First added to this chart: 08/26/2013]
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1986
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Al Jarreau's most accessible album along with his previous album Breakin' Away which are not as rooted in Jazz as his previous work this has a more soul/RnB sound with a jazz leanings. Mornin' is an amazing opener and along with Trouble In Paradise, Black & Blues & Boogie Down lift this album above his more jazz sounding albums. Having said that the best track on the album is I Will Be Here for You, a jazz number. [First added to this chart: 08/26/2013]
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1983
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Top 100 Music Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 11 11%
1981 9 9%
1982 10 10%
1983 8 8%
1984 10 10%
1985 8 8%
1986 9 9%
1987 14 14%
1988 10 10%
1989 11 11%
Artist Albums %


The Smiths 6 6%
R.E.M. 4 4%
Kate Bush 4 4%
The Cure 4 4%
Prince 4 4%
Eurythmics 4 4%
Linda Ronstadt 4 4%
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Country Albums %


United States 45 45%
United Kingdom 43 43%
Australia 4 4%
Ireland 3 3%
Mixed Nationality 2 2%
Jamaica 2 2%
Canada 1 1%

Top 100 Music Albums of the 1980s chart changes

Biggest climbers
climbers Up 9 from 74th to 65th
Document
by R.E.M.
climbers Up 1 from 65th to 64th
Never For Ever
by Kate Bush
climbers Up 1 from 64th to 63rd
Walk Under Ladders
by Joan Armatrading
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 4 from 62nd to 66th
Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
by The Cure
fallers Down 1 from 66th to 67th
Crossroads
by Tracy Chapman
fallers Down 1 from 67th to 68th
Heart
by Heart

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From bobbyb5 02/04/2017 22:32
Shouting Stage and Living My Life. Nice move!!!
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From Stover75 01/04/2017 20:25
You have a lot of the big hitters from the 80s yet also enough of your own picks to make it a unique chart. 32 albums in common with mine. The 80s were a difficult time for me too. I went from childhood to adolescence then. The first half was largely bliss the 2nd half of the 80s was pants. I still can't listen to half of the music from the year 1987, save the Joshua Tree, Sign O' The Times and Whitney H. But I have to remember there were more good times than bad times. Overall a great chart. Good work Tam!
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From buzzdainer 07/15/2016 20:27
I know what you mean when you say that the reputation of the eighties is far different (and far worse) from what you come up with when you actually start thinking about the albums that came out then. I love Graceland and Murmur and Remain in Light, and your inclusion of Sign 'O' the Times in your top ten makes a compelling case that I ought to find room for it in my own eighties chart. Thanks for sharing this excellent chart!
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From greatson 06/05/2014 12:19
Your chart has a very different focus than mine, but 14 artists in common that`s a lot!
You are more into soul, jazz and pop than I am, but I appreciate lot`s of your picks.
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Best Artists of the 1960s
1. The Beatles
2. The Velvet Underground
3. Jimi Hendrix
4. Bob Dylan
5. The Beach Boys
6. The Velvet Underground And Nico
7. The Jimi Hendrix Experience
8. Led Zeppelin
9. The Doors
10. The Rolling Stones
11. King Crimson
12. John Coltrane
13. Frank Zappa
14. Van Morrison
15. The Kinks
16. Love
17. The Who
18. Neil Young
19. Pink Floyd
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