The list author says: "The decade I grew up in. I've gained a bit of perspective till then but its also surprising how many of my opinions remain unchanged. I work on this a little at a time. Forgive me if at this point its a bit bare. As with all my lists, this is eternally under construction."
"No matter your view of the 80s no album has had more influence todays pop than this one. Its the very blueprint of industry created music and that hasn't always been a good thing. Here, however, is a awe-inspiring record withsomething for everyone and all of it was studio perfect. The ultimate 80s masterpiece."
"what 1967 was for rock 1988 was for rap, the year rap came to be considered an artform. the ny and la scenes established an at first healthy rivalry fueling their creativity with Nation as ny's flagship and straight outta compton as la's."
"The most impressive things about Closer are how well Joy Division turned punk upside down in to goth so soon after the genre came into its own, how it sounds like nobody else before and how everyone since has wanted so badly to be identical."
"The quintessential first cornerstone of hip-hop has aged strikingly well for a genre that now relegates 24 month old albums as old school. And of it sounds quaint for not fighting the power or bragging of bitches their mastery shows what feigned braggadocio merely claims."
"When I listen I choose to recognize the record for the titanic juggernaut it is instead of a reminder of the career that was sunk by Axl Rose's iceberg sized inferiority complex disguised as an ego. Obviously, I've been only so successful. AoD's context is now a place where agony and triumph comingle. Perhaps it always was."
"the first ever rap album to go to #1 but also a subversive gem. this album made juvenile delinquents in to frat boys and also the other way around. somehow it also made white people less objectionable by breaking the typecast that rap was black music."
"Hair metal doesn't get much respect and it was never seeking it frankly. Hysteria is the least disposible while still be among the most fun, their lipstick cred actual suffered by writing enduring songs. However, no one should doubt this as a crucial 80s moment."
"I still wince when Dancing in the Dark comes on, look around and start bobbin' my head. Its one of the great guilty pleasures in rock history and a 180 from the Nebraska album to be sure. Still, the Boss was cryptic enough to be misquoted by both 84 presidential hopefuls. Thats gooa be worth somethin'"
"What Closer is to goth this is to emo. Its ferocity of both the playing and internal conflict still astounds. This aint your dad's emo. Its your grandads. Its like hearing Cash for the first time when you thought country started with Garth Brooks."
"more than any other album this defines the ideals hair metal and more than most any other scene hair metal defines the 80s. by the way the songs here are better than you remember and this is by far the most fun album on this list."