Most Underrated Albums of the '80s


The Top Ten

1 Runaway Horses - Belinda Carlisle

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The most underrated Belinda album. Singles "Leave a Light On", "La Luna", "Summer Rain" and "Vision of You" deserved way bigger recognition - Irina2932

I love this album more than her Heaven On Earth one, which was more selling, but this shows her true vocals.

Probably her greatest album. Includes tracks "La Luna", "Summer Rain", "Vision of You" and "Leave a Light On" - Irina2932

2 Touch - Laura Branigan

The most personal and emotional Laura album of the 80's - Irina2932

3 Stay on These Roads - A-ha

Love it. But Scoundrel Days was criminally underrated

4 Foreign Affair - Tina Turner

Unfortunately, the album did not perform as well as 'Private Dancer' and 'Break Every Rule' but it was a very cool record - Irina2932

Very nice but very underrated at the same time - Irina2932

5 Into a Secret Land - Sandra

With hits "Around My Heart", "Secret Land" and 'Heaven Can Wait" this album should have been much bigger - Irina2932

6 Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire - Bonnie Tyler

My favorite album by Bonnie Tyler. Very underrated record - Irina2932

7 Into the Fire - Bryan Adams

After successful 'Reckless' this one was a big commercial disappointment. Too bad, the album includes many great songs - Irina2932

Not as good as 'Reckless' but still decent and melodious - Irina2932

8 Hold Me - Laura Branigan
9 Animal Magnetism - Scorpions
10 Strange Kind of Love - Love and Money

Amazing production, poignant lyrics, polished soul. Brilliany.

The Contenders

11 For Those About to Rock We Salute You - AC/DC

This album is really underrated.

12 Break Every Rule - Tina Turner
13 The Bridge - Billy Joel
14 Balance of Power - Electric Light Orchestra
15 Big Generator - Yes
16 Out of This World - Europe
17 Something's Going On - Frida
18 Night to Remember - Cyndi Lauper

Unlike 'She's So Unusual' and 'True Colors' this one was very overlooked - Irina2932

19 Heaven on Earth - Belinda Carlisle
20 Self Control - Laura Branigan
21 The Long Play - Sandra
22 Faster Than the Speed of Night - Bonnie Tyler
23 Tell It to My Heart - Taylor Dayne
24 Can't Fight Fate - Taylor Dayne
25 Done with Mirrors - Aerosmith
26 Bella Donna - Stevie Nicks

Great solo debut! Probably one of the best albums of the 80s. The songs are great. Her vocals are at their best, and the lyrics are well written.

27 The Wild Heart - Stevie Nicks

Remarkable album! Stand back has stood the test of time!

The Wild Heart and Bella Donna are masterpieces.

28 Blow Up Your Video - AC/DC
29 No Sense of Sin - The Lotus Eaters
30 From the Lions Mouth - The Sound
31 Moving Pictures - Rush
32 Strip - Adam Ant

This album should have brought Adam international success. It's pure pop genius. But nope, only #20 in the U.K. and #65 in the U.S...
Criminally underrated.

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Top Remixes

1. Runaway Horses - Belinda Carlisle
2. Touch - Laura Branigan
3. Stay on These Roads - A-ha


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