Top 100 Music Albums of the 1980s by Larcx13 (2022)

All my lists have been edited so that only albums I've listened to are on the charts.

Never been the biggest fan of the 80s.

Top 5 Artists:
The Replacements
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Pixies
Gregory Isaacs

A+ // A record that approaches perfection. // 100-96%

A // A great record with only a couple weaker tracks. // 95-91%

A- // A great record that is either over-produced, micro-marketed or just missing something to get rid of that minus. // 90-86%

B+ // A very good record that sometimes flirts with the half-assed. // 85-81%

B // A good record often thoroughly enjoyed by the artist's fanbase. Nothing extraordinary, but definitely decent. // 80-76%

*** // Honorable Mention. For those who cherish it. // 80-79%

** // Honorable Mention. For those who enjoy it. // 78-77%

* // Honorable Mention. For those who like its over-riding aesthetic. // 76-75%

B- // Has a fair few good tracks but is either too long, too repetitive, or just plain too much of something at times. // 75-71%

C+ // A hackwork kind of record. Pick and choose your favorites. // 70-66%

C // Professional record with seemingly no substance OR a decent try at something different. Often corny. // 65-60%

C- // Honest work that doesn't quite cut it. Also often quite corny. // 59-50%

✂️ // 1 or 2 good songs could be cut out and added to a greatest hits album. // 49-45%

💣 // A grade of D, E or F lands a "dud". It fails in every way. // 44-0%

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A [First added to this chart: 07/09/2020]
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1989
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A [First added to this chart: 06/23/2020]
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1984
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A [First added to this chart: 11/15/2021]
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1989
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A [First added to this chart: 07/09/2020]
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1989
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A- [First added to this chart: 11/20/2022]
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1982
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2,856
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A- [First added to this chart: 12/31/2020]
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1984
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1985
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4,099
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A- [First added to this chart: 07/02/2020]
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1980
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1,341
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A- [First added to this chart: 06/23/2020]
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1986
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14,007
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1987
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Top 100 Music Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 8 8%
1981 5 5%
1982 9 9%
1983 11 11%
1984 11 11%
1985 8 8%
1986 8 8%
1987 8 8%
1988 15 15%
1989 17 17%
Country Albums %


United States 72 72%
United Kingdom 17 17%
Jamaica 7 7%
Mixed Nationality 2 2%
Canada 1 1%
Australia 1 1%
Compilation? Albums %
No 97 97%
Yes 3 3%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 99 99%
Yes 1 1%

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From 03/26/2022 16:58
This is my kind of 80s heavy list
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From 04/15/2021 13:23
Terrible list
And where is Thriller?
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From 12/04/2020 19:26
For someone who didn't love the eighties, you've managed to pull together an excellent list of albums from that decade. I feel like the discussion begins with Doolittle, but it's also gratifying to see Double Nickels on the Dime getting its due here as well.
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From 11/13/2020 19:57
Nice to see Dead Kennedys at No.1. Lots of other great stuff, too - De La Soul, PE, Pixies, NWA, Eric B & Rakim... love it.
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From 06/30/2020 16:59
Honestly not a bad list dude, lots of excellent rap, rock, metal, punk records etc... HOWEVER!! I know for a FACT that this list would change if you went and listened to the freaking PIXIES!!!!! Other than that, you really should look into the Smiths, Talking Heads, The Cure, Stone Roses, Sonic Youth, Joy Division, Michael Jackson, Kate Bush, Prince, Paul Simon, Beastie Boys, Dire Straits, U2, Tom Waits, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, Def Leppard, Kraftwerk, DE LA SOUL, Tom Petty lmao, Peter Gabriel, The Police...etc etc. For real though, just listen to the fucking pixies please
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