Greatest '80s Albums

The Top Ten

Thriller - Michael Jackson Thriller - Michael Jackson Product Image

I'm a primary metalhead, but Thriller was THE first and only song and album that caught my attention; opening the world of music into my little world and setting the foundation on my perception of great music. So if it weren't for Micheal Jackson, I wouldn't be a Pantera fan.

This is my all time fave album. I also love Slippery when wet, Back in Black, Master of the puppets, Appetite For Destruction and many others on the list I really do think that this should be #1 Shame on those who voted for all the Heart albums on this list!

Thriller is the best of all time. It has sold more than any other album in history. Michael was an amazing musical genius dreaming this up and creating "Thriller"

Best selling Album of All Time by the Greatest Entertainer of All Time during the Greatest period of Music of All Time - Perfection

Master of Puppets - Metallica Master of Puppets - Metallica Product Image

I'm not primarily into metal or metallica but this is an amazing album that I have listened to many times, it fits together perfectly and the songs are of the kind that get better with every listen and not only does is sound great but it is a lyrical masterpiece.

How can this not be 1, Metallica are the best, and all the best Metallica songs are on it, make sure you vote this and listen to Battery Master Of The Puppets and all the rest, Lars at his best on drums, and lets not forget Cliff BBurton

I don't understand why there are no metal albums other than AC/DC and Metallica in the top ten. Metal is the best genre and Metallica one of the greatest bands to represent it. ##

As a metalhead, I must choose this album! This album is my favourite album ever! Perfect from start to finish.

Ride the Lighting - Metallica Ride the Lighting - Metallica Product Image

Fade to black, for whom the bell tolls, creeping death, ride the lightning? All amazing songs.

This should be higher than MOP.

Great album

Appetite For Destruction - Guns N Roses Appetite For Destruction - Guns N Roses Product Image

Welcome to the Jungle, Paradise City, Sweet Child O mine. All of these songs everybody here has at least heard once in their life, they are huge songs that have all come off this one album, more than most other albums can say, and the album is full of other underrated songs, it definitely deserves to be in the top ten.

Should be in the top 5 at least, they changed rock n roll and brought the LA sunset strip back to reality. How is it at number 18?

Every song on this album kicks ass, clearly the best ROCK album, if not THE BEST album of the 80's

How can this album be no17? It's the best debut album of all time, not only the 80s!

Back In Black - AC/DC Back In Black - AC/DC Product Image

Um, hello? Ac/dc's height of fame, every song was a hit, sold over 42 million copies worldwithe. Thriller is also a fantastic album, but the fact that Michael jackson is some twisted person now decreases its popularity. I just don't understand though

The most PERFECT classic rock songs ever written are here. Enough said. 42 minutes so no excuse you need to hear it once in your life.

Haven't heard many 80s albums; but even if I heard everything the 80s had to offer, this would still rank as number 1. Every song is a hit in my book, but most of all, it just plain rocks. m/

Released in 1980, it started the decade off with a bang.

Hunting High and Low - A-ha Hunting High and Low - A-ha Product Image

Milestone Album. It was the first album of the young Band, it was full of emotions, melancholy and deepness. A timeless Masterpiece Album and imagine, it is not the best A-ha Album! A-ha is brilliant Now and Then

One of the best voice in the world of music many awesome songs like The sun always shines on T.V.

Second best Album ever, the best Album was also an A-ha Album called "Scoundrel Days" :-)

Awesome album but they have so much more so go listen to Analogue or Lifelines

The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden Product Image

Maiden's best album is inarguably one of the decade's finest. Classic songs (ranging from the well known - the title track, Hallowed By Thy Name, Run To The Hills - to the underrated gems - the much Maligned Gangland, 22 Acacia Avenue) fantastic production and the ever marvellous vocals of Bruce Dickinson help to solidify this album's stance as one of heavy metal's greats. While early Maiden had been fantastic, this is where they hit their peak, and continues to represent the best that metal had to offer, both in the 80's and of all time. An utterly timeless album (not very many popular 80's albums you can say that about) which represents heavy metal at its finest hour.

Nothing is bad about this album, all the tracks are great all the way through to the end. It should be up there with Master of Puppets by Metallica.

Come on, this should be in the top 10 at least. The single most kickass album of the 80s

Come on this is amazing, so much better than overrated Gun's n Roses

Ten Songs by Adam Again - Adam Again Ten Songs by Adam Again - Adam Again Product Image

Might be the best album / artist on this list you never heard of

This Year's Model - The Imperials
The Joshua Tree - U2 The Joshua Tree - U2 Product Image

There is also a DVD of the same name released by Eagle Rock Entertainment for Image Entertainment way back in the 2000s as a Classic Albums video disc for use with DVD players, DVD-ROM drives, game systems and DVD surround sound systems.

First U2 album I listened to. Thought it was ok at first. Then I listened to it a few months later and loved it. Then I listened to Achtung Baby which is even better in my opinion. Now I can’t stop listening to U2.

This album is timeless, sounds like it could've been released yesterday.

the greatest album ever made next to Achtung baby

The Contenders

Purple Rain - Prince Purple Rain - Prince Product Image

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.

It's ridiculous this album hasn't done any better on this list. Probably one of the best albums ever. Definitely TOP 3 albums of the 80's among Prince's Sign O' the Times and Peter Gabriel's SO.

Purple rain is clearly the greatest album of the eighties.In my opinion the best pop/rock album ever!

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

Remain In Light - Talking Heads Remain In Light - Talking Heads Product Image

Should definitely be higher. Amazing album, Talking Heads' best album in my opinion.

The Queen Is Dead - The Smiths The Queen Is Dead - The Smiths Product Image

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.

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"

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

Should be way higher

Hysteria - Def Leppard

Fabulous album. Like a rock version of thriller every song could be and nearly was a single, the production by Mutt Lange is excellent truly an 80s classic should be in top 10.

Got this album because I wanted to know the band. It resulted in one of my favorite albums. Every single song in it is awesome.

This album, while not the greatest of the 80's in terms of songs, captures the 80's Rock vibe unlike anyother on this list

Brilliant album. I still recall the goosebumps I felt on first hearing it.

True Blue - Madonna True Blue - Madonna Product Image

Best album and album cover of the 80s! Madonna was at her pinnacle with true blue. Every song is awesome but I have to say my favorite is where's the party, it always gets me in a good mood and brings me back.

I remember like it was yesterday, Madonna and Michael Jackson fever, no stupid technology, just a bad television and the street radios to sing those hits... good times, nowadays children sucks

Just brilliant album from Queen of Pop Madonna. I love every single track here but my most favorite songs are 'La Isla Bonita' and 'Papa Don't Preach'

What Purple Rain ain't here!?!

Like A Prayer - Madonna Like A Prayer - Madonna Product Image

Best album of the 80s for me, every song is awesome. The title song is by far, hands down, her best song. My favorite on this album is pray for Spanish eyes. Her voice is so pretty in it, And it's just such a beautiful song. This here is Madonna at her pinnacle.

Classic album that changed musical history. Hits "Like a Prayer", "Express Yourself", "Cherish", "Oh Father"...Madonna's vocal sounds great here. One of the most memorable albums ever

The Big Picture - Michael W. Smith The Big Picture - Michael W. Smith Product Image
Reign In Blood - Slayer Reign In Blood - Slayer Product Image
Born In the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen Born In the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen Product Image

One of the defining albums of the 80s.Why is this not in top ten?

Doolittle - Pixies Doolittle - Pixies Product Image

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

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.

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.

1984 - Van Halen 1984 - Van Halen Product Image

1984 has some of the greatest tracks of Van Halen like: Top Jimmy, House Of Pain, I'll Wait, Jump, Panama, Drop Dead Legs, Girls Gone Bad And Hot For Teacher. Wait? That's all of the tracks on 1984! Wow! It's just such a great album.

Van Halen is the best.

Hounds of Love - Kate Bush Hounds of Love - Kate Bush Product Image

Kate is a one off and her fans simply adore her. I was an 18 year old lad with no future in a dead end job when I first heard running up that hill, and its utter beauty and poetic intensity inspired me to quit my job, go back to college and make something of myself. This album is that important to me. I love it and I love Kate

This is a masterpiece which has stood the test of time. Running up that hill one of the most haunting passionate beautiful songs of all time my 2nd favourite cloud busting so emotional she was barely 25 when this came out but Kate showed such wisdom and maturity in this Magnus opus

A work of indescribable poetic beauty. A travesty that all those grunt rock albums by hairy Neanderthals are ahead of this. But there's no accounting for taste.

Why is the number 1 80s album so low down the list, its criminal.

...And Justice for All - Metallica ...And Justice for All - Metallica Product Image

One of the most underrated albums in history of music! Lyrics, riffs, solos, James voice... just magnificently. Not the best, but one of the best albums ever, that's for sure.

Operation: Mindcrime - Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime - Queensryche Product Image
Full Moon Fever Full Moon Fever Product Image
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