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(Rolling Stone)   Sunday Morning Music Club Challenge, Part Deux: What were the absolute five best albums of the 1980s?   ( rollingstone.com) divider line
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2017-07-15 10:39:54 PM  
Abbey Road.
 
2017-07-15 10:56:35 PM  
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2017-07-15 11:00:41 PM  
Replacements- Let it Be
Guns 'n Roses- Appetite
Cure- Disintegration
Michael Jackson- Thriller or Bad, take your pick
Clash- London Calling

No particular order.

Honorable mention to anything Prince put out in the decade. Also, had to let go look it up, but Fear of a Black Planet came oh so close with a 1990 release date. U2 is probably on every Top Whatever list, but was never really my thing.
 
2017-07-15 11:01:49 PM  
The 80s?

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2017-07-15 11:12:03 PM  
Rolling list:

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2017-07-15 11:13:42 PM  
The Cure - Disintegration
Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain
New Order - Power, Corruption & Lies
Michael Jackson - Thriller
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
 
2017-07-15 11:20:19 PM  
In the late spring 1981 after saving up my paper route/lawnmowing money & wandering off to the record store in the mall, after much hemming & hawing I decided on buying two albums on which I had heard & liked a couple of songs on each of them....

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Perhaps not the best of the best but two wildly iconic albums.  Not bad for 1st music purchase ever.

However sitting here thinking about what came out in the 80s & albums that meant something to me at that point in time (not necessarily the best of the decade but the most personal impact). In no particular order

Brothers in Arms
So
About Face (Gilmour's solo tour was the first concert I got to go to by myself/with friends/without grumpy chaperones...)
1984
Pyromania
Number of the Beast
Shout at the Devil (if for no other reason than memories of a 4 day road trip where that was the only tape that we managed to bring...sigh)
Synchronicity
Graceland
and even Thriller makes this list

Ah the 80s, such a strange time frame to drift into adulthood in...
 
2017-07-15 11:23:26 PM  
Peter Gabriel-So
Guns & Roses-Appetite for Destruction
Dire Straits-Making Movies
The Police-Outlandos d'Amour
SRV-Texas Flood
 
2017-07-15 11:29:00 PM  
Appetite for Destruction
Pyromania
Metallica - Master of Puppets or Ride the Lightning, I'm not sure which.
Thriller
Run DMC
 
2017-07-15 11:30:08 PM  
Rush - Moving Pictures
Asia - Asia
AC/DC - Back in Black
Guns N Roses - Appetite for Destruction
Foreigner -4
Stevie Ray Vaughn - Texas Flood

/I know that's 6, but I smoked a lot of dope in the 80's and I lost count.
 
2017-07-15 11:40:28 PM  
48. XTC, 'Skylarking'

I'm convinced XTC would have been HUGE if Partridge's crippling stage fright hadn't prevented them from touring.
 
2017-07-15 11:46:13 PM  

The Goddamn Batman: The Cure - Disintegration


Three Crooked Squirrels: Cure- Disintegration


Weirdly I didn't see ANY Cure albums on that list at all.
 
2017-07-15 11:59:59 PM  
1. Thriller
2. Appetite For Destruction
3. Straight Outta Compton
4. Graceland
5. The Joshua Tree

Also, receiving votes: Born In The USA; Like A Virgin; Raisin' Hell; 1984; Full Moon Fever
 
2017-07-16 12:21:54 AM  
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2017-07-16 01:18:39 AM  
In no particular order-
London Calling- The Clash
I Just Can't Stop It- The Beat
Stop Making Sense- The Talking Heads
[The Name Of This Band Is The Taking Heads, if soundtracks are out of bounds]
Nebraska - The Boss

Honorable mentions Texas Flood-SRV
One Step Beyond- Madness and The Wall- Pink Floyd were released in Oct and Nov 1979 so they're technically not 80's albums

Two sentimental personal favorites
Little Jimmy Valentine and the Heartmurmurs Live at the Zoo Bar
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Is That Charlie Burton Or What?- Charlie Burton and the Cutouts
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2017-07-16 01:21:46 AM  
This is s thread for old people and those who reviewed the history of music since multitrack recording. I'm partial to Slayer's whirring speed over Metallica's diesel rumble. Beyond that, I don't know the year on a lot of the music in my truck mix. I guess some of the Tom Waits albums are from there, and I have the Faith No More poster so I guess I liked it, but I was young. But most of the 80s was a crap wasteland.
 
2017-07-16 01:30:44 AM  
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2017-07-16 01:36:06 AM  
Invisible Touch.
 
2017-07-16 02:51:14 AM  

BalugaJoe: Invisible Touch.


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2017-07-16 03:08:59 AM  
Let's see what I can come up with.

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That'll do.
 
2017-07-16 03:43:17 AM  

stan unusual: London Calling- The Clash


I agree with that one. A true perfect album. Not a dud on there. Not even a mediocre song. I feel the same about my five picks and was tempted to put that on. Also, as Disintegration, while deserving, has been mentioned in the thread for the sake of variety I'll also nominate a few perfect albums from 1990, if you'll let me stretch the decade a year.

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I didn't expect to think of five from just that one year, but there we are. 1990 was an incredible year for music.

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2017-07-16 03:57:04 AM  
I'm really not adding anything new but:

Michael Jackson - Thriller
Guns & Roses-Appetite for Destruction
Metallica - Master of Puppets
U2 - The Joshua Tree
Faith No More - The Real Thing
 
2017-07-16 03:59:03 AM  

Gordon Bennett: a few perfect albums from 1990, if you'll let me stretch the decade a year.


I'll allow it. Nice ones.
 
2017-07-16 04:21:53 AM  
Don't know about best, since I was too young during most of the 80s. Just throwing out a few random good ones that haven't been mentioned:

The Police - Synchronicity
The Beastie Boys - License To Ill
Aerosmith - Pump
 
2017-07-16 04:28:16 AM  
Now that I mention The Police, Zenyatta Mondatta also qualifies as an awesome 80s album.
 
2017-07-16 07:38:44 AM  

Gordon Bennett: stan unusual: London Calling- The Clash

I agree with that one. A true perfect album. Not a dud on there. Not even a mediocre song. I feel the same about my five picks and was tempted to put that on. Also, as Disintegration, while deserving, has been mentioned in the thread for the sake of variety I'll also nominate a few perfect albums from 1990, if you'll let me stretch the decade a year.

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I didn't expect to think of five from just that one year, but there we are. 1990 was an incredible year for music.

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Chill Out is one of my "stuck on a desert island" CDs.
 
2017-07-16 08:21:45 AM  
Lots of good stuff already mentioned, so here are a few more for consideration

The Angels - Liveline
Soundgarden - Louder Than Love
Judas Priest - Screaming For Vengeance
Queensrÿche - Operation Mindcrime
Weird Al Yankovic - In 3D
 
2017-07-16 08:24:42 AM  
Pixies - Doolittle
GnR - Appetite
Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones
REM - Murmur
Talking Heads - Remain In Light
 
2017-07-16 09:24:31 AM  
that list sucks....but hey, Rolling Stone, amirite?
 
2017-07-16 09:25:47 AM  
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2017-07-16 10:08:53 AM  
Can't pick five, but Tears for Fears Songs from the Big Chair jumps to mind.
 
2017-07-16 10:10:01 AM  
The Joshua Tree- U2
Eight legged Groove Machine - the Wonder Stuff
Graceland - Paul Simon
Stink - The Replacements ( really more of an EP rather than an album but still pretty damn good)
Declaration - The Alarm
 
2017-07-16 10:10:37 AM  
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2017-07-16 10:11:11 AM  
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2017-07-16 10:12:32 AM  
R.E.M., Fables of the Reconstruction
Tom Waits, Rain Dogs
Elvis Costello, Imperial Bedroom
XTC, Black Sea
They Might Be Giants, Flood(stretching to 1990)
 
2017-07-16 10:13:17 AM  
Aerosmith Pump
Queensryche Operation:Mindcrime
Poison Open Up and Say Ahh
Run DMC Raising Hell
Beastie Boys License to Ill
 
2017-07-16 10:13:19 AM  
These threads should be voting enabled. I know I'd vote for several top 5's posted here. For me:

Dire Straits - Making Movies
GnR - Appetite for Destruction
AC/DC Back in Black
Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever
Jimmy Buffett - Songs You know By Heart
 
2017-07-16 10:14:52 AM  
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2017-07-16 10:14:58 AM  
Minutemen - Double Nickels On The Dime
Husker Du - Zen Arcade
Crucifarks - Wisconsin
Green River - Come On Down
Michael Jackson - Off The Wall
Gil Scott-Heron - Reflections

Yeah, six. So sue me.
 
2017-07-16 10:17:16 AM  
A sly declaration of new classic status slipped in with some old, safe ones. Very pussy.

Not directed at anyone in particular, I just really like that movie.
 
2017-07-16 10:17:43 AM  
The Pogues - If I Should Fall From Grace With God
Big Country - The Crossing
The Clash - London Calling
ABC - The Lexicon Of Love
Guns & Roses - Appetite For Destruction
 
2017-07-16 10:18:41 AM  

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Weird Al in 3-D kicks its ass

/nerd fight!
 
2017-07-16 10:20:03 AM  
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2017-07-16 10:20:56 AM  
Murmur
Reckoning
Life's Rich Pageant
Document
Green

Fables of the Reconstruction was a mis-step in an otherwise flawless discography
 
2017-07-16 10:22:26 AM  
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2017-07-16 10:25:47 AM  
Based on what's most-played on my playlists...
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2017-07-16 10:30:50 AM  
Trying to avoid repeating genres:

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2017-07-16 10:31:06 AM  
Public Image Ltd. - Happy?
The Cure - Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
U2 - The Joshua Tree
Pixies - Surfer Rosa
The Replacements - Pleased to Meet Me
 
2017-07-16 10:31:17 AM  
Tom Petty:  Full Moon Fever
Traveling Wilburys Vol.1
Aersomith: Permanent Vacation
Dire Straits: Brothers in Arms
Don Henley: Building the perfect beast
 
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