The Best 20 Albums of the 1980's

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The list author says: "While the 80's weren't exactly the golden age for rock music, there were a few good albums.  I graduated from highschool in 1981 and I remember the 80's well, but it's admittedly a shallow pool.  There were a couple of tough calls to make on eligability, but in the end I determined that The Wall was released in the 70's and London Calling was released in the 80's (1979 in England, Jan 1980 in US).  Greatest Hits albums were not considered.  These are, in my humble opinion, the best albums 1980 - 1989."
Joshua Tree
1.  Joshua Tree by U2
The list author says:
  "Quite possibly the best album of all time.  Pretty close to flawless.  Stand out tracks: Red Hill Mining Town, With or Without You, Still Haven't Found, Trip Through Your Wires... ok... the whole album stands out."
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London Calling - The Legacy Edition
2.  London Calling - The Legacy Edition by The Clash
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  "First off – It’s a great album cover.  The diversity of the album is remarkable from reggae to rockabilly to punk to rock to pop.  Stand out tracks: London Calling, Death or Glory, Brand New Cadillac."
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Stop Making Sense
3.  Stop Making Sense by Talking Heads
The list author says:
  "Standout tracks: Psycho Killer, Life During Wartime, Girlfriend is Better"
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Appetite for Destruction
4.  Appetite for Destruction by Guns N' Roses
The list author says:
  "GnR stands head and shoulders above the sea of ridiculous hair metal bands that dominated the late 80's.  This album has stood the test of time and is quite simply one of the best pure rock albums of all time.  Standout tracks: Welcome to the Jungle, Sweet Child O Mine."
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Lifes Rich Pageant
5.  Lifes Rich Pageant by R.E.M.
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  "One of my favorite REM albums (I own them all).  Great band, great album.  Standout tracks: Fall on Me, These Days, Flowers of Guatemala."
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Daydream Nation
6.  Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth
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Synchronicity
7.  Synchronicity by The Police
The list author says:
  "Standout tracks: King of Pain, Every Breath you Take"
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Tracy Chapman
8.  Tracy Chapman by Tracy Chapman
The list author says:
  "Standout tracks: Fast Car, Mountains of Things, Talkin Bout a Revolution"
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Murmur
9.  Murmur by R.E.M.
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  "Standout tracks: Radio Free Europe, Perfect Circle"
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Doolittle
10.  Doolittle by Pixies
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Born in the U.S.A.
11.  Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen
The list author says:
  "Standout tracks: I'm on Fire, Downbound Train, Born in the USA"
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War
12.  War by U2
The list author says:
  "Standout tracks: New Years Day, Drowning Man, Like a Song"
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The Hurting
13.  The Hurting by Tears For Fears
The list author says:
  "Standout tracks: Mad World, Pale Shelter"
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Green
14.  Green by R.E.M.
The list author says:
  "Standout Tracks: Stand, World Leader Pretend"
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Remain in Light
15.  Remain in Light by Talking Heads
The list author says:
  "Standout tracks: Crosseyed and Painless, Once in a Lifetime"
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The Unforgettable Fire
16.  The Unforgettable Fire by U2
The list author says:
  "Standout tracks: Bad, Pride"
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Graceland
17.  Graceland by Paul Simon
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  "Standout tracks: Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes, Graceland"
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Solitude Standing
18.  Solitude Standing by Suzanne Vega
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  "Standout tracks: Luka, Gypsy"
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Speaking in Tongues
19.  Speaking in Tongues by Talking Heads
The list author says:
  "Standout tracks: Burning Down the House, Girlfriend is Better"
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The Queen Is Dead
20.  The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
The list author says:
  "Standout tracks: The Queen is Dead, Big Mouth Strikes Again"
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This items says it includes 14 extra tracks, but does not 0 Jul 11, 2014
music 2 Aug 8, 2012
u2 is just a tree hugging hippie band that has a little bit of a rock edge take this crap off of the punk rock listings and give real punk rock the respect it deserves! 2 May 1, 2012
When are the CD reissues of the Smiths coming out? 2 Mar 29, 2012
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u2 is just a tree hugging hippie band with a little rock edge take this crap off of the punk rock listings and give real punk rock the respect it deserves! 3 Feb 26, 2012
flaw at the beginning of "some girls are bigger than others"? 3 Mar 19, 2011
Interesting Revisit Review of Unforgettable Fire 0 May 25, 2010
the clash is just a pop band that likes to sing the news to you (u2 with a little more of a rock edge) if you want the news watch cnn if you want real punk rock look to bands like the sex pistols because punk rock goes beyond that 1 Jan 9, 2010
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