Top 100 Music Albums of the 1980s by buzzdainer (2020)
These days, when people talk about "eighties music" as if it were a genre, mainly they're referring to Michael Jackson and Madonna and George Michael. Maybe some of the one-hit wonders like Frankie Goes to Hollywood and the Georgia Satellites. Or the Pretty in Pink soundtrack. Or hair metal, which ruled the musical culture of my hometown in Maine with bands such as AC/DC and the Scorpions. None of those things quite describes my own musical experience of the eighties. On the one hand, I definitely knew about the stuff that was popular; it was the water in which we all swam. On the other hand, as a teenager I actively sought out music that moved me differently--the things that felt a little edgier, a little riskier, a little more emotionally charged without being completely overwrought. Well, okay, and some of the overwrought stuff, too.
A representative moment I still remember well is from fall of my eighth grade year. My English teacher gave us an assignment to bring to class a cassette tape including a song we liked for its lyrics, and we had to distribute a transcription of the lyrics to our classmates and give them an interpretation of what we thought the lyrics meant. When you're a teenager, music is tied closely to identity, or at least it was for me, and I spent a lot of time thinking of what song I should bring. I eventually settled on Hüsker Dü's "Pink Turns to Blue," because I wanted something I figured nobody else had heard, something that felt more rebellious and badass than Def Leppard or Bon Jovi. My classmates, and my teacher, were visibly uncomfortable trying to listen to the opening lines, "Going out each day to score, she was no whore but for me / Celebrating every day the way she thought it should be." If my goal was to signal to my classmates that I wasn't to be messed with, mission accomplished. Which is funny to think about now, since I now think of music as a means for bringing people together, not alienating them. Nevertheless, and maybe paradoxically, I still love a lot of that same music I loved then--perhaps because it connects me to a past version of myself that I still have a certain affection for.
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The Stone Roses
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Thanks for the nice comment, pa! Doolittle is definitely worth checking out, especially given your appreciation for the likes of Fugazi, Meat Puppets, Yo La Tengo, Hüsker Dü, and others. It's plenty challenging and weird in its own way, but also melodic and likeable. Happy listening, and thanks for visiting my chart!
Hey there :)
I really like your chart too and I love the inclusion of Zen Arcade and California by AMC.
Doolittle is still on my wishlist...I'll check it out soon!
Excellent mix of headliners and blue collar alternative acts. Quite a few I haven't heard so will have to check out.
Thanks, garycottier, for rating and commenting on this chart! Greg Brown is a bluesy, nostalgic singer-songwriter from Iowa who sings about the midwestern landscapes of his youth and a wide range of other topics. He's funny and irreverent, and a great guitar player. I'd recommend starting with some of his albums from the nineties, especially Further In, Dream Café, and The Poet Game. And yes, I love The Trinity Session--such a languid, dreamy, haunting listening experience. Margo Timmins is, in my opinion, one of the great vocalists of her generation.
Excellent chart. Full of interesting albums, and quite a few I'm not familiar with. I'm not at all acquainted with Gregg Brown, I'll have to check him out. Nice to see the Cowboy junkie's, Trinity sessions, in there too. I'd actually forgotten about that one. Good stuff, and thank you for rating and commenting on my eighties chart.
I appreciate the positive feedback, Kuzh69! I've actually seen at least one member apply the one-artist rule to decade charts, as well, but that was something I didn't want to do. There's way too much great Bruce Springsteen in both the seventies and eighties for me to limit myself! Glad you appreciated the PIL reference--I know it's blasphemy, but in many ways I actually liked them better than the Sex Pistols.
Thanks 4 the nice comment...... Now your charts are on a whole
New plateau on many levels . To be able to pick only 1 for each artist on your 100 greatest albums had to be excruciating . Fantastic job, even
Though there are many artists I'm unfamiliar with. But based on your 80's
Chart here, that will change with time and headphones.
By the way, I love your public image reference... And.....The boss and Elvis still rule !!! Great job
Thanks for the kind comment, sssvnnn! Lucky for me, you never saw my hair in the eighties. I'd say INXS might be about the most embarrassing artist on my list, but what can I say? I still like them.
A very good 80´s chart.
There were so many embarrassing artists in the 80´s... but not in your chart.