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Muzix, Eighties

R.P. Tristram Coffin IV "Handle Your Business."
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."
Thriller
Thriller
"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."
The Joshua Tree [Remastered]
The Joshua Tree [Remastered]
"An extension of their hit Pride Joshua explored the bands fascination with America."
It Takes A Nation
It Takes A Nation
"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."
Closer
Closer
"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."
Murmur
Murmur
"who ever thought ghosts and kudzu could inspire the perfect indie record? often copied by never topped even by r.e.m. themselves, within independent music this records influence is incalculable."
Raising Hell
Raising Hell
"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."
Daydream Nation
Daydream Nation
"america indie avant-rock crosses over, kinda"
Dare
Dare
"first pure synth pop album is still the best"
Appetite For Destruction
Appetite For Destruction
"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."
Psychocandy
Psychocandy
"british lads invent shoe-gaze"
Reign In Blood
Reign In Blood
"totally reveletory thrash record whose influence extends past metal, slayer had the urgency of punk as well as the virtuosity and classical leaning of metal. it still sounds effin dangerous"
The Queen Is Dead
The Queen Is Dead
"the smiths were as important to british alternative as REM was in America and this is a great record"
Music from the Motion Picture "Purple Rain"
Music from the Motion Picture "Purple Rain"
"don't believe the hype from the music press. this, not sign o the times, is princes finest moment....gaawwwwd."
Master of Puppets
Master of Puppets
"as a thrash record if Reign in Blood was sgt pepper this was exile on main street"
Licensed To Ill
Licensed To Ill
"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."
Graceland
Graceland
"watermark by one of pops best ever songwriters is helped by Ladysmith M"
Beauty and The Beat
Beauty and The Beat
"Kinda like the 80s version of Green Day except by girls in that they were a pop-punk band that was really more pop. While the Go-Gos don't get a lot of cred today this is perfect pop record."
Faith
Faith
"stop laughing. you know you dance to this in your room with all the curtains drawn."
The Stone Roses
The Stone Roses
"its still kind of amazes me that someone beat Noel Galleghar to the song, I Am The Resurrection"
Straight Outta Compton
Straight Outta Compton
"still startling great, and the standard by which all la gangsta rap will be forever judged"
Surfer Rosa
Surfer Rosa
"everyone pretended they had always been pixies fans once nirvana came out"
Hysteria
Hysteria
"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."
Rio
Rio
"cherry ice cream smile, i suppose its very nice"
Born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.
"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'"
Disintegration
Disintegration
"according the southpark its the best album of all time. read rob sheffield's entry on the cure in the rolling stone album guide."
Remain in Light
Remain in Light
"THIS IS NOT MY BEAUTIFUL WIFE!!!!!!!!"
Back in Black
Back in Black
"70s stalwarts take on new singer, carry forward with their best album. they have been making the same album 40 years."
End on End
End on End
"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."
Synchronicity [Digipak]
Synchronicity [Digipak]
"they had outgrown most the white reggae thing and just made a great new wave pop record. a lot of the best songs are forgotten like murder by numbers and miss gredenko"
Skylarking
Skylarking
"listen to this record. you can actually feel your iq go up"
Pretenders
Pretenders
"Learning to crawl probably represents the decade better but there is a fire here one can't ignore. it sparkls and pops....yeeeaa"
Look What the Cat Dragged in
Look What the Cat Dragged in
"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."
Let It Be
Let It Be
"was debating between this and zen arcade but you can only have one minneapolis band on these lists...you didn't know?"
Radio
Radio
"first great 80s rapper to emphasize smooth over hard. he was raps barry white to PE's sly stone."
The Number Of The Beast [Enhanced]
The Number Of The Beast [Enhanced]
"not my first favorite but among their best. more, Beast became the blueprint for their best records and their legacy extents throughout metal because of it."
Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Like a Prayer
Like a Prayer
3 Feet High & Rising
3 Feet High & Rising
Violent Femmes
Violent Femmes
"lyrically gano was the precursor to Rivers Cuomo. musically they are doing good sex pistols ripoffs with acoustic guitars. how could you not love that."
She's So Unusual
She's So Unusual
"along with like a virgin and thriller this is an iconic 80s record. lauper was madonna for ally sheedy types from the breakfast club."