Top 100 Music Albums of the 1980s by Romanelli (2020)

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Produced by Otis Wilbury & Nelson Wilbury. How can you top a supergroup with Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne? You can't. Orbison's death cut the group short, but this first album is a gem. Strong contributions from all, and it sounds like it was an absolute blast for these guys to record. "Handle With Care", "Last Night", "End Of The Line", "Tweeter And The Monkey Man". I could listen to this one all day long and never get bored. [First added to this chart: 12/04/2011]
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1988
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2,125
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Produced by Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty & Mike Campbell. Tom Petty gets written off by a lot of people for being overly simple and one dimensional. But, as he shows on his first solo album, first impressions can be deceiving. Petty's material is not as simple as it sounds...and even if it were, there's nothing wrong with something that sounds as great as this. Jeff Lynne shows why he's one of the best producers in the business, and the songs are all excellent, even if they do sound simple at first listen. [First added to this chart: 12/04/2011]
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1989
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3,292
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Produced by Tony Brown & Lyle Lovett. His second album is still his best. What an enormous talent this guy is, and on Pontiac he let it all out. He's not quite country, and he's not quite folk, and he's really nowhere in between. Tracks like "If I Had A Boat", "L.A. County", and "She's Hot To Go" are beautiful, amazing pieces of work. This album has a lot of love in it, and it shows in every track. Underrated for sure, Lyle Lovett's gifts are all here on one album. Truly beautiful. [First added to this chart: 12/04/2011]
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1987
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256
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[First added to this chart: 08/21/2013]
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1989
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49,896
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[First added to this chart: 10/07/2014]
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1982
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208
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Produced by Mike Clink. There was a time when this album would have been in my top ten. Not anymore. It has begun to age very badly, and it's slipping. Slowly. It's still, by far, the best hair metal album ever made, and it still gets a lot of credit for being the beginning of the end of that whole mess. But it just doesn't have that spark it used to. Still, it's one of those albums that if you take it in context with when it happened, it was perfect for the time. Flawed, but gets a lot of points for other things. [First added to this chart: 05/25/2012]
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1987
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16,060
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Produced by David M. Allen and Robert Smith. Faced with the painful aspects of success and age (he was about to turn 30), The Cure's frontman Robert Smith turned to hallucinogenic drugs and proceeded to make one hell of a great album. Disintegration is a thing of beauty, combining all of the elements that had made the band big into one, and hitting on all cylinders. This is one of those perfect albums that you can't let go of, and thankfully it never gets old. Hopefully it never will. [First added to this chart: 12/12/2011]
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1989
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Produced by Jimmy Iovine and Tom Petty. After having spent years with Fleetwood Mac being limited to about three songs per album, Stevie Nicks exploded with material for her first solo album. Criminally overlooked and underheard, this is Nicks at her best. "Edge Of Seventeen" was huge, and her duets with Petty ("Stop Draggin' My Heart Around") and Don Henley ("Leather And Lace") made her even bigger. But Bella Donna, as a whole, still gets little love. It deserves to be heard, and loved. A really great album. [First added to this chart: 06/01/2013]
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1981
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857
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Produced by Mark Knopfler & Neil Dorfsman. I always seem to be listening to Dire Straits or Making Movies, but once in a while, I come back to this. Not for "Money For Nothing" or "Walk Of Life". I come back for the atmosphere of the rest of Brothers In Arms. The first 3 tracks are great, but it's the last 6 that carry this into a beauty that rock bands just don't go to. It's as close as rock can get to the beauty of a jazz album as I've ever heard. Mark Knopfler's guitar work on top of it all is just icing on the cake. [First added to this chart: 12/07/2011]
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1985
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Produced by Mark Van Hecke. The Violent Femmes were discovered playing outside of a venue by Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott in 1981. They've gone on to record many albums and have levels of success, but nothing has ever matched the magic of their debut album. When they were on, they made acoustic punk a reality, and never better than on "Blister In The Sun", "Gone Daddy Gone" and "Add It Up". Their legacy rests mostly on this exceptional classic album that made the music of the 80's much more bearable. [First added to this chart: 12/10/2011]
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1983
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Top 100 Music Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 12 12%
1981 8 8%
1982 12 12%
1983 7 7%
1984 9 9%
1985 5 5%
1986 10 10%
1987 9 9%
1988 13 13%
1989 15 15%
Artist Albums %


X 4 4%
Bruce Springsteen 4 4%
U2 3 3%
Peter Gabriel 2 2%
Pixies 2 2%
Talking Heads 2 2%
Journey 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 60 60%
United Kingdom 24 24%
Ireland 4 4%
Mixed Nationality 4 4%
Australia 4 4%
Sweden 2 2%
Canada 1 1%
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Top 100 Music Albums of the 1980s chart changes

Biggest climbers
Climber Up 2 from 11th to 9th
Brothers In Arms
by Dire Straits
Biggest fallers
Faller Down 1 from 9th to 10th
Violent Femmes
by Violent Femmes
Faller Down 1 from 10th to 11th
Born In The U.S.A.
by Bruce Springsteen

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From 06/24/2020 03:52
some solid picks m8.
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I didn't tag you as an X person.
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From 11/24/2018 10:49
It is nice to see an 80s chart as chart of the day for a change. And what a pathetic decade it was if even someone like you who obviously knows a lot of stuff cannot come up with better records than these. TW are okay but as no. 1? The first decent LP enters at place 23, in my opinion.
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From 11/24/2018 09:24
Really like your notes!!
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From 07/16/2016 15:13
I love your take on the eighties! I really appreciate your #1 pick, as supergroups tend to be written off as inferior to the works of their individual members--an assumption that the Traveling Wilburys blew out of the water. Full Moon Fever, Disintegration, Doolittle, and The River are all great albums, too. Also really nice to see Blue Earth in your top ten, as I've been a huge fan of the Jayhawks for many years and love that album. Excellent work overall, especially on your notes!
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From 12/01/2014 14:31
Great albums I guess some I wouldn't play so much. We have quite a few similar choices
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From 01/13/2014 15:59
Interesting number one pick.
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From 01/10/2013 01:33
Nice chart!
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From 12/11/2012 09:04
Good choice at #1.
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very good
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