Top 80 Albums of the ’80s

1. Doolittle, Pixies (1989)
Essential Track: “Here Comes Your Man”
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2. The Queen Is Dead, The Smiths (1986)
Essential Track: “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”
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3. The Stone Roses, The Stone Roses (1989)
Essential Track: “I Am the Resurrection”
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4. The Joshua Tree, U2 (1987)
Essential Track: “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”
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5. Remain in Light, Talking Heads (1980)
Essential Track: “Once in a Lifetime”
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6. Daydream Nation, Sonic Youth (1988)
Essential Track: “Teen Age Riot”
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7. Disintegration, The Cure (1989)
Essential Track: “Pictures of You”
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8. Appetite for Destruction, Guns N’ Roses (1987)
Essential Track: “Sweet Child O’ Mine”
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9. Closer, Joy Division (1980)
Essential Track: “Decades”
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10. Thriller, Michael Jackson (1982)
Essential Track: “Billie Jean”
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11. Surfer Rosa, Pixies (1988)
Essential Track: “Where Is My Mind?”
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12. Back in Black, AC/DC (1980)
Essential Track: “Back in Black”
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13. Master of Puppets, Metallica (1986)
Essential Track: “Master of Puppets”
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14. Rain Dogs, Tom Waits (1985)
Essential Track: “Time”
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15. Purple Rain, Prince & The Revolution (1984)
Essential Track: “When Doves Cry”
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16. Graceland, Paul Simon (1986)
Essential Track: “Graceland”
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17. Hounds of Love, Kate Bush (1985)
Essential Track: “Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)”
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18. Murmur, R.E.M. (1983)
Essential Track: “Radio Free Europe”
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19. Moving Pictures, Rush (1981)
Essential Track: “Tom Sawyer”
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20. Paul’s Boutique, Beastie Boys (1989)
Essential Track: “Shake Your Rump”
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