Top Ten Albums of 1980s


1989 Albums
1. Pixies - Doolittle
2. The Wedding Present - Bizarro
3. Galaxie 500 - On Fire
4. Dead Moon - Unknown Passage
5. Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
6. The Blue Nile - Hats
7. Bob Dylan - Oh Mercy
8. The D.O.C. - No One Can Do It Better
9. De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
10. Robyn Hitchcock - Queen Elvis

Notable Shorts: Pavement - Slay Tracks: 1933-1969

1988 Albums
1. Pixies - Surfer Rosa
2. Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
3. Leonard Cohen - I'm Your Man
4. Dead Moon - In the Graveyard
5. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Tender Prey
6. Galaxie 500 - Today
7. Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden
8. My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything
9. The Feelies - Only Life
10. Dinosaur Jr. - Bug

Notable Shorts: My Bloody Valentine - You Made Me Realise; Snapper - Snapper; The Vaselines - Dying For It

1987 Albums
1. Verlaines - Bird-Dog
2. The Replacements - Pleased to Meet Me
3. Sonic Youth - Sister
4. Game Theory - Lolita Nation
5. Dinosaur Jr. - You're Living All Over Me
6. Roky Erickson - The Holiday Inn Tapes
7. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Darklands
8. The Wedding Present - George Best
9. Prince - Sign “☮” the Times
10. Big Black - Songs About Fucking

Notable Shorts: Billy Bragg - The Peel Sessions; Pixies - Come on Pilgrim; The Vaselines - Son of a Gun

Notable Compilations: New Order - Substance

The Feelies - Good Earth1986 Albums
1. The Feelies - The Good Earth
2. The Smiths - The Queen is Dead
3. Paul Simon - Graceland
4. Green - Green
5. Angst - Mending Wall
6. R.E.M. - Life's Rich Pageant
7. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Your Funeral ... My Trial
8. Talk Talk - The Colour of Spring
9. Jacobites - Texas
10. Sonic Youth - Evol

Notable Shorts: Guided by Voices - Forever Since Breakfast

Notable Compilations: The Clean - Compilation

1985 Albums
1. The Replacements - Tim
2. Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians - Fegmania!
3. Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
4. Jacobites - Robespierre's Velvet Basement
5. Meat Puppets - Up on the Sun
6. The Cure - The Head on the Door
7. Hüsker Dü - Flip Your Wig
8. New Order - Low-Life
9. Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
10. Hüsker Dü - New Day Rising

Notable Shorts: Roky Erickson - Clear Night For Love EP, Poison 13 - First You Dream

1984 Albums
1. The Replacements - Let It Be
2. Ed Askew - Imperfiction
3. This Kind of Punishment - A Beard of Bees
4. Violent Femmes - Hallowed Ground
5. Meat Puppets - II
6. Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime
7. Robyn Hitchcock - I Often Dream of Trains
8. R.E.M. - Reckoning
9. Talk Talk - It's My Life
10. Prince - Purple Rain

Notable Shorts: Verlaines - 10 O'Clock in the Afternoon EP

1983 Albums
1. The Blue Nile - A Walk Across the Rooftops
2. Talking Heads - Speaking in Tongues
3. Aztec Camera - High Land, Hard Rain
4. New Order - Power, Corruption & Lies
5. Bob Dylan - Infidels
6. R.E.M. - Murmur
7. Dolly Mixture - Demonstration Tapes
8. David Bowie - Let's Dance
9. Wipers - Over the Edge
10. Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones

Notable Shorts:
Billy Bragg - Life's A Riot With Spy vs. Spy EP; Verlaines - Death and the Maiden

1982 Albums
1. Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
2. Richard & Linda Thompson - Shoot Out the Lights
3. Misfits - Walk Among Us
4. Bill Direen & the Builders - Beatin Hearts
5. John Cale - Music for a New Society
6. Sonic Youth - Sonic Youth
7. The dB's - Repercussion
8. Mission of Burma - Vs.
9. X - Under the Big Black Sun
10. The Sound - All Fall Down

Notable Shorts: The Clean - Great Sounds Great, Good Sounds Good, So-So Sounds So-So, Bad Sounds Bad, Rotten Sounds Rotten!!; The Go-Betweens - Hammer the Hammer; New Order - 1981-1982 EP; R.E.M. - Chronic Town; The Replacements - Stink

1981 Albums
1. Wipers - Youth of America
2. The Human League - Dare
3. Roky Erickson & the Aliens - The Evil One
4. The Sound - From the Lion's Mouth
5. X - Wild Gift
6. Brian Eno & David Byrne - My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
7. The dB's - Stands for Decibels
8. Black Flag - Damaged
9. King Tubby & Roots Radics - Dangerous Dub
10. Tom Verlaine - Dreamtime

Notable Shorts: The Clean - Boodle Boodle Boodle; The Go-Betweens - Your Turn, My Turn

1980 Albums
1. The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms
2. Talking Heads - Remain in Light
3. Michael Hurley - Snockgrass
4. The Sound - Jeopardy
5. Roky Erickson & the Aliens - Roky Erickson & the Aliens [Five Symbols]
6. The Soft Boys - Underwater Moonlight
7. Wipers - Is This Real?
8. Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth
9. X - Los Angeles
10. Pylon - Gyrate

Notable Shorts: The Dicks - The Dicks Hate the Police; The Go-Betweens - I Need Two Heads