Top Albums of the 80’s

1. Thriller (1982) – Michael Jackson
2. It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (1988) – Public Enemy
3. Purple Rain (1984) – Prince and the Revolution
4. The Joshua Tree (1987) – U2
5. Raising Hell (1986) – Run-D.M.C.
6. Appetite For Destruction (1987) – Guns N’ Roses
7. Back In Black (1980) – AC/DC
8. Licensed To Ill (1986) – Beastie Boys
9. Born in the USA (1984) – Bruce Springsteen
10. Sign O’ The Times (1987) – Prince

11. Straight Outta Compton (1988) – N.W.A.
12. Murmur (1983) – R.E.M.
13. Like A Virgin (1984) – Madonna
14. Synchronicity (1983) – The Police
15. Graceland (1986) – Paul Simon
16. The Queen Is Dead (1986) – The Smiths
17. 1999 (1982) – Prince
18. Remain In Light (1980) – Talking Heads
19. Whitesnake (1987) – Whitesnake
20. 3 Feet High and Rising (1989) – De La Soul

21. Doolittle (1989) – Pixies
22. Master of Puppets (1984) – Metallica
23. The Stone Roses (1989) – The Stone Roses
24. Paul’s Boutique (1989) – Beastie Boys
25. Daydream Nation (1988) – Sonic Youth
26. Paid In Full (1987) – Eric B. & Rakim
27. Number Of The Beast (1982) – Iron Maiden
28. Run-D.M.C. (1984) – Run-D.M.C.
29. Like A Prayer (1989) – Madonna
30. Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989) – Janet Jackson

31. Hysteria (1987) – Def Leppard
32. Radio (1985) – LL Cool J
33. Brothers In Arms (1985) – Dire Straits
34. Tracy Chapman (1989) – Tracy Chapman
35. Closer (1980) – Joy Division
36. Bad (1987) – Michael Jackson
37. 1984 (1984) – Van Halen
38. So (1986) – Peter Gabriel
39. War (1983) – U2
40. Ace Of Spades (1980) – Motorhead

41. Pretenders (1980) – Pretenders
42. The River (1980) – Bruce Springsteen
43. The Unforgettable Fire (1984) – U2
44. Disintegration (1989) – The Cure
45. Dirty Mind (1980) – Prince
46. The Message (1982) – Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five
47. Rain Dogs (1985) – Tom Waits
48. Let It Be (1984) – The Replacements
49. Faith (1987) – George Michael
50. The Smiths (1984) – The Smiths

51. King Of Rock (1985) – Run-D.M.C.
52. Beauty And The Beat (1982) – The Go-Go’s
53. Psychocandy (1984) – The Jesus and Mary Chain
54. She’s So Unusual (1983) – Cindi Lauper
55. Ride The Lightning (1984) – Metallica
56. Dare! (1981) – The Human League
57. Private Dancer (1984) – Tina Turner
58. Nothing’s Shocking (1988) – Jane’s Addiction
59. Hounds Of Love (1985) – Kate Bush
60. Document (1987) – R.E.M.

61. Nebraska (1982) – Bruce Springsteen
62. Slippery When Wet (1986) – Bon Jovi
63. Nick of Time (1989) – Bonnie Raitt
64. Reign In Blood (1986) – Slayer
65. Zen Arcade (1984) – Husker Du
66. Hi Infidelity (1981) – REO Speedwagon
67. True Blue (1986) – Madonna
68. Can’t Slow Down (1983) – Lionel Ritchie
69. Kick (1987) – INXS
70. No Jacket Required (1985) – Phil Collins

71. Break Out (1983) – Pointer Sisters
72. The Game (1980) – Queen
73. Avalon (1982) – Roxy Music
74. Criminal Minded (1987) – Boogie Down Productions
75. Rio (1982) – Duran Duran
76. The Nightfly (1982) – Donald Fagen
77. Swordfishtrombones (1983) – Tom Waits
78. Ghost In The Machine (1981) – The Police
79. Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (1980) – Dead Kennedys
80. Sister (1987) – Sonic Youth

81. Surfa Rosa (1988) – Pixies
82. The End Of Innocence (1989) – Don Henley
83. Whitney Houston (1986) – Whitney Houston
84. Blizzard Of Ozz (1980) – Ozzy Osbourne
85. Double Nickels On The Dime (1984) – Minutemen
86. Pyromania (1983) – Def Leppard
87. Rapture (1986) – Anita Baker
88. Steve McQueen/Two Wheels Good (1985) – Prefab Sprout
89. Moving Pictures (1981) – Rush
90. Technique (1989) – New Order

91. Strictly Business (1988) – EPMD
92. Live At The Harlem Square Club 1963 (1985) – Sam Cooke
93. Business As Usual (1982) – Men At Work
94. Imperial Bedroom (1982) – Elvis Costello and The Attractions
95. Whitney (1987) – Whitney Houston
96. Eliminator (1983) – ZZ Top
97. Tattoo You (1980) – The Rolling Stones
98. Violent Femmes (1983) – Violent Femmes
99. Control (1986) – Janet Jackson
100. Shoot Out The Lights (1982) – Richard and Linda Thompson

101. Searching For Young Soul Rebels (1980) – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
102. The Lexicon Of Love (1982) – ABC
103. Piece Of Mind (1983) – Iron Maiden
104. Rum, Sodomy & the Lash (1985) – The Pogues
105. Damaged (1981) – Black Flag
106. Speaking In Tongues(1983) – Talking Heads
107. Freedom (1989) – Neil Young
108. Pretty Hate Machine (1989) – Nine Inch Nails
109. Texas Flood (1983) – Stevie Ray Vaughan
110. Yo! Bum Rush The Show (1987) – Public Enemy

111. Heart (1985) – Heart
112. Tim (1985) – The Replacements
113. Low-Life (1985) – New Order
114. Tunnel Of Love (1987) – Bruce Springsteen
115. New Day Rising (1985) – Husker Du
116. Rattlesnakes (1984) – Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
117. Life’s Rich Pageant (1986) – R.E.M.
118. Madonna (1983) – Madonna
119. Touch (1983) – Eurythmics
120. My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (1981) – Brian Eno & David Byrne

121. Zenyatta Mondatta (1980) – The Police
122. Spirit Of Eden (1988) – Talk Talk
123. How Will The Wolf Survive? (1984) – Los Lobos
124. Green (1988) – R.E.M.
125. The Head On The Door (1985) – The Cure
126. Los Angeles (1980) – X
127. Let’s Dance (1984) – David Bowie
128. Meat Is Murder (1985) – The Smiths
129. Skylarking (1986) – XTC
130. Combat Rock (1982) – The Clash

131. Scarecrow (1985) – John Cougar Mellencamp
132. Peter Gabriel (III) (1980) – Peter Gabriel
133. Toto IV (1982) – Toto
134. Sandinista! (1980) – The Clash
135. Parade (1986) – Prince
136. Midnight Love (1982) – Marvin Gaye
137. Boy (1980) – U2
138. Crazy Rhythms (1980) – The Feelies
139. Escape (1981) – Journey
140. …And Justice For All (1988) – Metallica

141. Double Fantasy (1980) – John Lennon and Yoko Ono
142. Giving You The Best That I Got (1988) – Anita Baker
143. Full Moon Fever (1989) – Tom Petty
144. Scary Monsters (1980) – David Bowie
145. Songs From The Big Chair (1985) – Tears For Fears
146. Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me (1987) – The Cure
147. Different Light (1986) – The Bangles
148. Sound Affects (1980) – The Jam
149. Screaming For Vengeance (1982) – Judas Priest
150. An Innocent Man (1983) – Billy Joel

151. 4 (1981) – Foreigner
152. This Nation’s Saving Grace (1985) – The Fall
153. Pump (1989) – Aerosmith
154. Private Eyes (1981) – Hall & Oates
155. Straight Out The Jungle (1988) – The Jungle Brothers
156. Club Classics Vol. 1/Keep On Movin’ (1989) – Soul II Soul
157. Reckoning (1984) – R.E.M.
158. New York (1989) – Lou Reed
159. Stop Making Sense (1984) – Talking Heads
160. Diesel & Dust (1987) – Midnight Oil

161. Wild Gift (1981) – X
162. Pornography (1982) – The Cure
162. Ocean Rain (1984) – Echo and the Bunnymen
163. Lucinda Williams (1988) – Lucinda Williams
164. Face Value (1981) – Phil Collins
165. Kill Em All (1983) – Metallica
166. The Dream Of The Blue Turtles (1985) – Sting
167. Strangeways, Here We Come (1987) – The Smiths
168. Learning To Crawl (1984) – Pretenders
169. American Fool (1982) – John Cougar
170. Bad Brains (1982) – Bad Brains

171. Little Creatures (1985) – Talking Heads
172. Bella Donna (1981) – Stevie Nicks
173. Operation: Mindcrime (1988) – Queensryche
174. Reckless (1984) – Bryan Adams
175. Bring The Family (1987) – John Hiatt
176. Colour By Numbers (1983) – Culture Club
177. Introducing the Hardline According To Terence Trent D’ Arby (1987) – Terence Trent D’Arby
178. The Wanderer (1980) – Donna Summer
179. Strong Persuader (1986) – Robert Cray Band
180. Get Happy!! (1980) – Elvis Costello and The Attractions

181. Make It Big (1984) – Wham!
182. Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (1981) – Soft Cell
183. Dr. Feelgood (1989) – Motley Crue
184. No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith (1981) – Motorhead
185. Heartbeat City (1984) – Cars
186. Hunting High & Low (1985) – A-Ha
187. Street Songs (1981) – Rick James
188. Forever Your Girl (1988) – Paula Abdul
190. Back In the High Life (1986) – Steve Winwood

191. Don’t Be Cruel (1988) – Bobby Brown
192. I’m Your Man (1988) – Leonard Cohen
193. You’re Living All Over Me (1987) – Dinosaur Jr.
194. Isn’t Anything (1988) – My Bloody Valentine
195. Rattle and Hum (1988) – U2
196. 16 Lovers Lane (1988) – The Go-Betweens
197. Frontiers (1983) – Journey
198. New Jersey (1988) – Bon Jovi
199. The Real Thing (1989) – Faith No More
200. The Raw & The Cooked (1989) – Fine Young Cannibals

Compiled in regards to popularity in 2013 and is not indicative of original sales or airplay during it’s initial release.