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The 25 Best Albums from 1984

Long Dong Silver
 
Born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.
"Yeah, you've heard this 1000 times.  No, it never ages."
Music from the Motion Picture "Purple Rain"
Music from the Motion Picture "Purple Rain"
"The album that made Prince a superstar."
Reckoning
Reckoning
"Not as good as their debut, this is still one of the best examples of what made college radio great in the 80's."
How Will the Wolf Survive
How Will the Wolf Survive
"A great Tex-Mex mix that sounds as fresh and original now as it did then."
Morning Song
Morning Song
"Gorgeous, straight-ahead jazz from an artist known mostly for his avant-garde work."
Stop Making Sense
Stop Making Sense
"This live Talking Heads album also serves as a Best of the group to that point."
Learning to Crawl
Learning to Crawl
"After their 1980 debut, this is the next best Pretenders album."
1984
1984
"Van Halen's most succesful album commercially is also arguably their best, thanks to Eddie's infatuation with the keyboards."
Album Album
Album Album
"A solid album from jazz drummer DeJohnette."
Double Nickels on the Dime
Double Nickels on the Dime
"Masters of the 90 second post-punk political jam."
Run Dmc
Run Dmc
Sense of Wonder
Sense of Wonder
Ride the Lightning
Ride the Lightning
She's So Unusual
She's So Unusual
"The only thing unusual here is that Cyndi was unable to sustain a career after releasing such a fun and promising debut."
All Over the Place
All Over the Place
"The Bangles take a page out of The Go-Gos' playbook and one-up them."
Like a Virgin
Like a Virgin
"Whether you like her or not, Madonna made some damn fine dance records in the '80s.  And this one made her a superstar."
Mirror Moves
Mirror Moves
"The Furs dial it down and prove that they can churn out beautifully-crafted power-pop."
Rebel Yell [Expanded Edition]
Rebel Yell [Expanded Edition]
"Yeah, Idol is sometimes over the top, but here every power-punk move feels right."
Stoneage Romeos
Stoneage Romeos
Buscando America
Buscando America
The Unforgettable Fire [Remastered]
The Unforgettable Fire [Remastered]
Let It Be
Let It Be
Love At First Sting (Remastered)
Love At First Sting (Remastered)
Out of the Cellar
Out of the Cellar
Heartbeat City
Heartbeat City
"Not their best album, but a guilty pleasure that takes me back to the summer of '84."