The 80's Best (with a New Wave/UK  bias)

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The list author says: "IMHO, great music from the 80's leaning to the side of New Wave music, UK acts, but has others as well. I tried to keep it fair by avoiding 'hits/singles' collections."
Express
1.  Express by Love & Rockets
The list author says:
  "Express may be L&R's best from the 80's(Sweet FA for the 90's).  if armageddon comes, make sure you're playing the acoustic version of 'all in my mind'"
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Skylarking
2.  Skylarking by XTC
The list author says:
  "Beatle-esque sounding, Rundgren-influenced/produced, but still all XTC.   My vote for 80's album of the decade.  summers' cauldron > dear god/earn enough for us/big day"
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The Innocents
3.  The Innocents by Erasure
The list author says:
  "from the 80's, this or WILD is my favorite from Erasure..for the90's it would be CHORUS"
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Alphabet City
4.  Alphabet City by ABC
The list author says:
  "Their most consistent work, suave and sophisticated.  When Smokey Sings and all the rest...no fillers from start to finish."
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Pelican West
5.  Pelican West by Haircut 100
The list author says:
  "Favourite Shirts, Love Plus One, etc."
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Breakfast Club
6.  Breakfast Club by Breakfast Club
The list author says:
  "Forgotten gems:  Kiss and Tell, Expressway to your Heart, Right on Track, etc."
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The Man Machine
7.  The Man Machine by Kraftwerk
The list author says:
  "gotta have one from almighty Kraftwerk....this is my favorite cover art from them so it edges out all the others"
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When in Rome
8.  When in Rome by When In Rome
The list author says:
  "More than just "The Promise", check out "sight of your tears" and "heaven knows"...."
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The Ocean Blue
9.  The Ocean Blue by The Ocean Blue
The list author says:
  "the first song(Between Something and Nothing) will hook you in."
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The Hurting [UK Bonus Tracks]
10.  The Hurting [UK Bonus Tracks] by Tears For Fears
The list author says:
  "can't go wrong with this or Songs from the Big Chair...Mad World is a beautifully haunting song"
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New Gold Dream
11.  New Gold Dream by Simple Minds
The list author says:
  "this or ONCE UPON A TIME is my favorite from Simple Minds in the 80's,  although neither has "Don't You...""
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Hipsway
12.  Hipsway by Hipsway
The list author says:
  "One album/cd-wonder.   "The Honeythief", and lots of other good songs."
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Upstairs at Erics
13.  Upstairs at Erics by Yaz
The list author says:
  ""Situation", "Don't Go", etc will pull you in, the other songs will keep you there."
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Music for the Masses
14.  Music for the Masses by Depeche Mode
The list author says:
  "Arguably my favorite from them in the 80's(I count VIOLATOR as a 90's release or that would be my pick)"
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Running in the Family
15.  Running in the Family by Level 42
The list author says:
  "More consistent than their World Machine release imo.  Has "Lessons in Love", "sleepwalkers", "children say"..."
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Megatop Phoenix
16.  Megatop Phoenix by Big Audio Dynamite
The list author says:
  "For some reason, I own all their releases.  This is my favorite, but it's an acquired taste to be sure."
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Crowded House
17.  Crowded House by Crowded House
The list author says:
  ""Don't Dream It's Over"....great debut they could never come quite close to again....also get the Split Enz 'best of'."
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World Without End
18.  World Without End by The Mighty Lemon Drops
The list author says:
  "Brit-rock/punk/pop?  Overlooked late 80's release."
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Methods of Silence
19.  Methods of Silence by Camouflage
The list author says:
  "Voices & Images has "The Great Commandment", but i like this as a whole slightly more."
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Love
20.  Love by The Cult
The list author says:
  "I like it,  Metallica likes it(!!!),  you probably will too..."She Sells Sanctuary", "Rain", ..."
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After the Snow
21.  After the Snow by Modern English
The list author says:
  "Much more than just "I Melt with You"...give this a listen...this version comes with bonus songs."
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Dream Academy
22.  Dream Academy by Dream Academy
The list author says:
  "don't hate...just participate...."
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Blast
23.  Blast by Holly Johnson
The list author says:
  "Former lead of Frankie Goes to Hollywood has a very good solo debut."
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Lullaby
24.  Lullaby by Book Of Love
The list author says:
  "Doesn't have "Boy", but this cd is more consistent than any of their others imo."
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Naive Art
25.  Naive Art by Red Flag
The list author says:
  "hmmm....i don't have this spec. ed., just the old 80's copy.  good late 80's synth pop though"
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War
26.  War by U2
The list author says:
  "New Year's Day, 2 Hearts Beat as 1, 40, Sunday Bloody Sunday.  Personal fave from them from the 80's with Joshua Tree a close second."
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Diesel & Dust
27.  Diesel & Dust by Midnight Oil
The list author says:
  "I actually like a couple of their 90's releases more, but this one from the 80's is good too.  Beds are Burning, Dead Heart..."
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Einzelhaft
28.  Einzelhaft by Falco
The list author says:
  "I prefer Der Kommissar to Rock Me Amadeus or Sound of Musik personally so this edges out the others."
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Very Best of Brother Beyond
29.  Very Best of Brother Beyond by Brother Beyond
The list author says:
  "their debut 'get even' doesnt have a pic so i chose this cover.  they're probably a late 80's boy band-type but i want you to listen to two songs off their debut: 'be my twin' and 'act for love'.  now that's what i call music."
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Belief
30.  Belief by Nitzer Ebb
The list author says:
  "CONTROL...i'm here.  CONTROL...i'm here.  CONTROL...well, you get the idea.  'hearts and minds' is my favorite track, but there is a much better extended remix of this song on their hits collection."
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Information Society
31.  Information Society by Information Society
The list author says:
  "great late 80's debut, but you already knew that huh?"
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Deep
32.  Deep by Peter Murphy
The list author says:
  "cuts you up, strange kind of love, etc"
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Very Best of Living in a Box
33.  Very Best of Living in a Box by Living In A Box
The list author says:
  "couldnt find their debut on amazon so this will have to do.  buy their debut if you can."
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Please
34.  Please by Pet Shop Boys
The list author says:
  "you know the hits, plus throw in my personal fave 'why dont we live together'"
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Echo & The Bunnymen
35.  Echo & The Bunnymen by Echo & The Bunnymen
The list author says:
  "'lips like sugar'...almost worth the price of admission on its own.  this special edition has bonus tracks"
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Private Revolution
36.  Private Revolution by World Party
The list author says:
  "good debut with the great 'ship of fools'"
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With Sympathy
37.  With Sympathy by Ministry
The list author says:
  "when they were new wave-ish.  'revenge' is just a great song."
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Eat to the Beat
38.  Eat to the Beat by Blondie
The list author says:
  "actually from '79(close enough to '80), so sue me.  ATOMIC!....fantastic song."
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Kings of the Wild Frontier
39.  Kings of the Wild Frontier by Adam & The Ants
The list author says:
  "great album, only missing one song really(my favorite from them though) "stand and deliver""
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Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the '80s, Vol. 13
40.  Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the '80s, Vol. 13 by Just Can't Get Enough
The list author says:
  "40 not enough: New Order, INXS, Split Enz, Housemartins, Madness, The Fall, CCCP, Front 242, Smiths, Cure, Art of Noise, Julian Cope, Jesus & Mary Chain, Marc Almond, Bros, Bomb the Bass, X2, Johnny Hates Jazz, Godfathers, The Fixx, Thomas Dolby, A Flock of Seagulls, Ebn Ozn, Baltimora, M/A/R/R/S, The Clash, KMFDM, OMD, Missing Persons, Human League, Beautiful South, Duran Duran, Scandal etc"
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