Top 100 Music Albums of the 1980s by Purplepash (2022)

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"With your feet in the air and your head on the ground"

My desert island disc. If I had only one album I could listen to ever again I would choose this. After over 25 years of listening to this album I still regularly play it and love it every time with no sign of ever tiring of it. My favourite band ever...I even have a Pixies tattoo.
Vamos is my beloved track, closely followed by Where Is My Mind?. Gigantic is a classic, Cactus is a favourite, and the 1-2 punch of Bone Machine and Break My Body is an awesome start to the album.
[First added to this chart: 06/04/2017]
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1988
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15,629
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"I was trying so hard to please myself,
I was turning into somebody else.
I was trying so hard to be myself
I was turning into somebody else."

This is one of those records that I just don't get how everyone doesn't see it's greatness. It is powerful and passionate, with fantastic emotive vocals and interesting post punky but accessible music. The songs are all constructed so well and the album flows like a story. Speaking of which there is a story being told here on both a personal and a political level, and if you get the chance to see the music videos that were made for every song on this album, in order, it all becomes so clear. It is a mixed media masterpiece. (music, video, short movies, long film). Great lyrics throughout.

10/10 songs: Seriously the first six songs are all perfect.
[First added to this chart: 06/04/2017]
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1986
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1,016
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"I hope you know that this will go down
On your permanent record"

A near perfect collection of teenage angst songs that are honest and relatable but a whole lot of fun at the same time. I was a teenager in the eighties when I first started listening to this sing along album and it always left me in a great mood.
Favourite tracks: Literally all of them, however I've seen them live a few times, and the first time in the early nineties they finished their show with Good Feeling and that was a perfect way to finish and one of my most memorable live musical moments ever.
[First added to this chart: 06/04/2017]
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1983
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9,009
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"Got me a movie
I want you to know
Slicing up eyeballs
I want you to know
Girlie so groovy
I want you to know
Don't know about you
But I am un chien andalusia"

Quality album from beginning to end. I remember the summer of 89/90 my mate copied this album and Surfer Rosa on each side of a tape. I hardly listened to anything else that summer and played to everyone who would listen.

10/10"songs: A third of the album! Hey, Debaser, Wave of Mutilation, Tame, and Monkey Gone To Heaven
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1989
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44,649
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"Last night I dreamt
That somebody loved me
No hope, no harm
Just another false alarm"

Oh the feelings I get from these lines, and from the music, the whole song. Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loves Me is one of my favourite songs. Nearly all of The Smiths albums have been my favourite of theirs at some stage...they are all that good...but with the passing of time this is now the one I seem enjoy the most. Although I loved it from first listening when my mate bought it the day it came out.

Favourite songs: As well as Last Night... I love the emotional music, and the sadness of the lyrics, of Death of a Disco Dancer. Girlfriend In A Coma, is a brilliantly dark but bubbly pop song. I love the scathing attack on the music industry machinations in Paint A Vulgar Picture. A Rush and a Push... and Stop Me... are just such fun songs to listen and singalong to. And finishing with the moving I Won't Share You it's an album full of favourite songs.
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1987
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7,262
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"And when I'm lying in my

"And when I'm lying in my bed
I think about life
and I think about death
and neither one particularly appeals to me"

The Smiths were probably my first serious obsession, and one of, if not the most, influential band in the early days of my musical journey. I still listen to them regularly and doubt I'll ever stop.

10/10 songs: That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore, Barbarism Begins At Home, The Headmaster Ritual, Rusholme Ruffians.
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1985
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7,733
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"t's so easy to laugh
It's so easy to hate
It takes strength to be gentle and kind
Over, over, over, over
It's so easy to laugh
It's so easy to hate
It takes guts to be gentle and kind"

The above lines are my favourite lyrics by anyone ever. They have had a lifelong impact on me. From an album full of great lyrics. I sing along to the whole album...every song.

10/10 songs: I Know It's Over, There Is A Light That Never Goes Out, The Queen Is Dead, Bigmouth Strikes Again, & The Boy With The Thorn In His Side.
[First added to this chart: 06/04/2017]
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1986
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44,462
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"I'm very scared for this world, I'm very scared for me"

Document was my first favourite REM album, then for a long time it was Automatic For The People. But now this the one I enjoy revisiting the most, despite Stand ;) Actually Stand is not that bad for what is, a feel good upbeat song. But it's the fragile beauty of You Are The Everything, and the emotionally powerful The Wrong Child (such a sad song and a real grower) that keep me coming back. As well as the classic Orange Crush and all the other great songs.

10/10 songs: You Are The Everything, The Wrong Child, Orange Crush, World Leader Pretend, and Pop Song 89.
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1988
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"Well, come on and let it happen to you
You gotta open up your mind and let everything come through"

Not their lyrics but they sum up the album. Two covers on this seven song album but both of them are arguably better than the originals. One of my most listened to albums of the late 80s that I still lose myself in every time.

10/10 songs: O.D. Catastrophe, Little Doll, Losing Touch With My Mind
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1986
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"Does the body rule the mind
Or does the mind rule the body?
I don't know"

I was a teenager in the 80s listening to alternative music so it sort of goes without saying how impactful on me, and how influential this album was. To this day I still try to get my mind to rule my body. The power of positive thinking.

10/10 songs: Still Ill, Reel Around The Fountain, Hand In Glove, What Difference Does It Make?
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1984
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Top 100 Music Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 10 10%
1981 5 5%
1982 3 3%
1983 6 6%
1984 9 9%
1985 8 8%
1986 15 15%
1987 16 16%
1988 19 19%
1989 9 9%
Artist Albums %


The Smiths 8 8%
The Cure 4 4%
Pixies 4 4%
Depeche Mode 3 3%
The Birthday Party 3 3%
R.E.M. 3 3%
Dead Kennedys 3 3%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 52 52%
United States 38 38%
Australia 5 5%
Mixed Nationality 4 4%
Canada 1 1%
Compilation? Albums %
No 90 90%
Yes 10 10%
Live? Albums %
No 98 98%
Yes 2 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 97 97%
Yes 3 3%

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