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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[First added to this chart: 08/27/2017]
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[First added to this chart: 12/15/2018]
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Top 100 Music Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 11 11%
1981 9 9%
1982 9 9%
1983 9 9%
1984 10 10%
1985 7 7%
1986 9 9%
1987 14 14%
1988 10 10%
1989 12 12%
Artist Albums %


The Smiths 6 6%
Eurythmics 5 5%
The Cure 4 4%
Prince 4 4%
Linda Ronstadt 4 4%
Kate Bush 4 4%
R.E.M. 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%

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The Joshua Tree
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The Broadway Album
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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 Albums of the 1970s
1. The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
2. Led Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin
3. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
4. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars by David Bowie
5. London Calling by The Clash
6. The Wall by Pink Floyd
7. Who's Next by The Who
8. Rumours by Fleetwood Mac
9. Exile On Main St. by The Rolling Stones
10. Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division
11. Blood On The Tracks by Bob Dylan
12. Animals by Pink Floyd
13. Marquee Moon by Television
14. Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen
15. Hunky Dory by David Bowie
16. Pink Moon by Nick Drake
17. What's Going On by Marvin Gaye
18. Low by David Bowie
19. Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones
20. Paranoid by Black Sabbath
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