Greatest '80s Albums

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21Purple Rain - Prince

I can't believe some of the crap that's above this great album... Come on "Slippery When Wet"?! "RhythmNation 1814"?! That's not even Janet's best album! You might as well as pick Right Said Fred! I've listened to those and many others on this list but they don't even approach the plateau that "Purple Rain" set. I really think that people should just get this album, listen to it and then come back and vote.

This was his ultimata masterpiece IT should be higher than this

Underrated,Better than a lot of of those albums!? 35? Should be 1!

LeAnn Rimes' version of the classic 'Purple Rain' song is way more better. - kristyrosepetal4

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22Reign In Blood - Slayer
23Full Moon Fever
24Stay on These Roads - a-ha

Every bit as good as their debut album. This should be in top ten. I bought it again on vinyl recently and its even better sounding than I remembered.

25Scoundrel Days - A-ha

One of the best albums of the world! - luiseocosta

Every song on this album is brilliantly composed.. a mini album in itself. Never 'felt' an album as much as this one... it's truly in my soul. It's also much better than the first album. Happy to see others appreciate as much as I do.

26Rhythm Nation 1814 - Janet Jackson

Classic album from 1989. It's my favorite Janet Jackson record - so powerful, deep and personal! 'Escapade', 'Black Cat', 'Come Back to Me' and 'Love Will Never Do (Without You)' are my favorite songs but I adore the whole track list - Irina2932

There's a few clunkers ("The Knowledge" comes to mind) but unbelievably solid for a dance album. Still sounds good now. - GBrady

Vanessa Hudgens' version of 'Come Back to Me' sounds similar to Janet Jackson's version. - kristyrosepetal4

Janet Jackson is so talented.. Her voice is really sweet.. Love her

27Forever Your Girl - Paula Abdul
28Like a Virgin - Madonna

HOW IS THIS NOT IN THE TOP 10?! Madonna was the standout star of the 80's with like a virgin. This album turned her into an mtv icon. The material girl at her true best

29Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables - Dead Kennedys
30The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
31Operation: Mindcrime - Queensryche
32Kill 'em All - MetallicaV1 Comment
33Reckless - Bryan Adams

Fantastic track list. Not to deep, romantic and moving. Bryan wrote & composed all the songs here. He's true musical genius. Tracks 'Heaven', 'Summer of '69', 'Run to You', 'One Night Love Affair', 'Somebody' were memorable. - Irina2932

Not one bad Flippin track on the album. You just put it on and jam or go. This was before he got all soft and squishy in the 90s. Next to van halen ' 5150 and Journey Escape albums, a definite favorite of the 80s!

34Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? - Megadeth
35Long Play - Sandra

Awesome album - (I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena, In the Heat of the Night are classics! - Oxana36

She became a huge star in Europe when this awesome album came out. She was popular in Asia too.

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36The Queen Is Dead - The Smiths

This is my second favourite album of all time (first being everyone is here the Finn brothers)! How is it 105? Anyone who cannot appreciate The Smiths is missing 99% of their emotions.

Well, the best album of the last century is #124. The internet is dead. No taste. The end.

Some of the greatest examples of Morrisey & Marr's songwriting abilities are on this album. Some essential tracks are "The Queen Is Dead", "There's A Light That Never Goes Out" & "The Boy With The Thorn In Hos Side"

37Blizzard of Ozz - Ozzy Osbourne
38Doolittle - Pixies

Only 1 good album in the top ten (Master of puppets) and 1 OK one, (slippery when wet). Put Doolittle in at least the top 20 and it might help me forgive the terrible taste on this list just a little. Its without a doubt one of the greatest albums of all time.

Unfortunately, it is irrelevant how good the album is; all that matters is how commercial the artist is. Pixies are the ones influencing Kurt Cobain but sadly (in my opinion) they never became as big. Doolittle is Pixies' best album and deserves to be in the top ten list. Ps: Very excited over new album "Indie Cindy" released the 28:th

The only reason this isn't in the top 10 is because it's not as well known. One of the best albums of all time.

39The Dreaming - Kate Bush
40Among the Living - Anthrax
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