#1 Posted by Belonpopo (1823 posts) -


  1. Prince- Purple Rain
  2. The Police-Synchronicity
  3. Motley Crue-Shout at the Devil
  4. U2-Joshua Tree
  5. Michael Jackson- Thriller
  6. Prince-1999
  7. Metallica-Kill 'em All
  8. R.E.M- Document
#2 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -

Right, another thread where everyone lists their favorite shit and no one discusses anything about anything


Woah, I just realized that the only 80s albums i consider favorites are the thrash metal ones! (Metallica / Slayer / Megadeth). All my favorites are from the 70s and 90s

#3 Posted by Bruce (5264 posts) -
I'll discuss Prince ALL DAY. Prince was the shit
#4 Posted by believer258 (11948 posts) -
@AhmadMetallic said:

Right, another thread where everyone lists their favorite shit and no one discusses anything about anything

Dude! I love listing my favorite shit! Discussing it is a fancy bonus if it happens. 
In the meantime, I would have to say... 
Yeah, I dunno. Maybe Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet? Some of Journey's music? Back In Black is OK, but gets tired after the million billionth time you've heard it. 
Yeah, I don't find myself listening to a whole lot of '80s music. I like it, but I don't think any of it is the best stuff out there. 
Although, and this might not be a popular opinion, some of Def Leppard's stuff is great.
#5 Posted by Vinny_Says (5712 posts) -

Not sure if this or Straight out of Compton was better. I do love Dr Dre a lot........

Oh and Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets are incredible. And of course, Public Enemy's It takes a nation of millions and Thriller.


  1. Master of Puppets
  2. Paid in Full
  3. Straight out of Compton
  4. It takes a nation of millions
  5. Thriller
  6. Ride the Lightning
#6 Posted by Dynamitekyle (543 posts) -
#7 Posted by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

I just came in to say your avatar reminds me of a goat head pentagram. I wish Hitman was here to link the USAF to the Illuminati.

#8 Posted by supermike6 (3565 posts) -

Only 80's band I really care about is Culture Club. So, all their stuff I guess.

#9 Posted by Bruce (5264 posts) -
Unknown Pleasures was '79 dude!
#10 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -

Celtic Frost - Morbid Tales  
Metallica - Ride the Lightning  
Death - Scream Bloody Gore
Death - Leprosy  
Morbid Angel - Altars of Madness 
Minor Threat - Out of Step 
Rush - Moving Pictures
Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back 
Bathory - Under the sign of the Black Mark 
Slayer - Reign in Blood  

@Dynamitekyle: Joy Division is awesome, great choice.

#11 Posted by wwfundertaker (1404 posts) -

Any Metallica, Judas Priest, Ozzy and Iron Maiden albums from the 80's.

#12 Posted by McGhee (6094 posts) -

Discipline, of course.

#13 Posted by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

@PeasantAbuse: followed

#14 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -
@MrKlorox: Saw your beard and immediately followed back.
#15 Posted by Dynamitekyle (543 posts) -


#16 Posted by Bruce (5264 posts) -
Dave has nothing to do with this! >_<
#17 Posted by JayDee (439 posts) -

ultramagnetic mcs - critical beatdown 

#18 Posted by Ersanven (91 posts) -

1. Swans - Public Castration Is A Good Idea
2. Swans - Children of God
3. Napalm Death - Scum
4. Possessed - Seven Churches
5. Death - Scream Bloody Gore
6. Godflesh -Streetcleaner
7. Swans- Cop

#19 Posted by ShockD (2403 posts) -

Marillion - Misplaced Childhood.

#20 Posted by apoptosis61 (600 posts) -

the album that changed the flow of metal 

#21 Posted by imsh_pl (3296 posts) -
@apoptosis61 said:

the album that changed the flow of metal 

About goddamn time, was just about to post "the Prisoner"
Oh hell:   
#22 Posted by GunstarRed (5211 posts) -

@Belonpopo: How did you manage to list two 80's Prince albums and neither be Sign O' the times?

Appetite for Destruction, Ocean Rain, Disintegration, Pretty Hate Machine, Screaming for Vengeance, Number of the Beast, The Queen Is Dead... fucking tons of awesome albums in the 80's.

#23 Posted by imsh_pl (3296 posts) -

And who could forget "Blizzard of Ozz"?   

  And of course you couldn't spell "80's music" without mentioning the best comeback album of the most influential hard rock/heavy metal band of all time:
#24 Posted by CookieMonster (2417 posts) -

The Smiths - The Queen is Dead 
Pixies - Surfer Rosa 
Pixies - Dolittle 
Prince - Purple Rain 
I've been listening to Let it Be by The Replacements recently as well, but its not doing a lot for me. 

#25 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -


this thread shows that the 80s sucked

#26 Posted by Tsoglani (585 posts) -

Seeing as though I primarily listen to hip hop and metal, these favs come from these two genres.
Metallica - Master of Puppets and Ride the Lightning (Fade to Black baby!) I dig Sanitarium too.
Iron Maiden - Number of the Beast (classic)
Megadeth - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
NWA - Straight Outta Compton & 100 Miles and Runnin'
Ice T - Power, and Freedom of Speech
Public Enemy - Everything they did in the 80s
Eric B & Rakim - Paid In Full
Geto Boys - Grip It! On That Other Level 
RUN DMC - Raising Hell and Tougher Than Leather
BDP - Criminal Minded (possibly my fav hip hop album ever!)
I really wanted to put in Ice Cube's Death Certificate, but that is 1991, so rather put in this honourable mention (91 wasn't far from 89 anyway!)
I'm sure I will think of more as soon as I log out...

#27 Posted by Xymox (2088 posts) -

"Good" albums listed in the thread, but good and important? Hmmm.
The 80' s were packed full of important albums, some already listed. Music is too subjective so you'll always have to take it with a grain of salt... So, in terms of impact and influence, in my subjective meaning, the thread is missing:

The Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy (Birth of Noise - highly addicting after a few listens...)
Bauhaus - In the Flat Field (Birth of Goth)
Killing Joke - Killing Joke (Hard, influental, mentioned by many bands but don't get much cred by listeners)
Dead Can Dance - Many albums (Artsy world music, highly influential and inspirational to many artists)
Christian Death - Only Theatre of Pain (Birth of Deathrock)
Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden (Birth of NWOBHM)
Metallica - Kill 'em All  (Birth of Thrash)
Joy Division - Closer (Because dude. Joy Division.) 
The stuff inside the parentheses, again,  is in my opinion. 

All for various reasons. I make the distinction between adding things like X - Los Angeles (While it might be a good album, it's nothing fresh or exciting. It's just a rehash of what happened between 1974-1979. There's a ton of good stuff, and a ton of different genres birthed during the 80's, most of them exhausted to no end by today. 

#28 Edited by ThePickle (4184 posts) -

Talking Heads - Remain in Light



@CookieMonster said:

The Smiths - The Queen is Dead Pixies - Surfer Rosa Pixies - Dolittle Prince - Purple Rain I've been listening to Let it Be by The Replacements recently as well, but its not doing a lot for me.

I like the way you think.

#29 Edited by dangerousdave (136 posts) -

Any Pixies release in the 80s'

Any Talking Heads release in the 80s'

Any Galaxie 500 release

The Stone Roses' eponymous debut

Brian Eno & David Byrne's My Life in the Bush of Ghosts

The Jesus & Mary Chain's Psychocandy

My Bloody Valentine's Isn't Anything

Miracle Legion's Surprise Surprise Surprise

Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation

Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska

Kraftwerk's Computer World and Electric Café

The Smiths' Hatful of Hollow (maybe a strange choice) and The Queen is Dead

Joy Division's Closer

R.E.M.'s Document, Green and Murmur

The 80s' get way too much abuse. There's a fairly even amount of terrible music spread out throughout all decades, and the 80s' is flooded with it. However, the albums and bands I mentioned above and that others have mentioned here, along with loads more from U2, Crowded House and Yes and Spacemen 3 and countless other acts I'm probably forgetting are a good case against that I think.

#30 Posted by Fei (218 posts) -

Ok I guess.
Cirith Ungol: Frost and Fire
Bathory: Under the Sign of the Black Mark
Angel Witch: Angel Witch 
Onslaught: Power From Hell 
Manilla Road: Crystal Logic
Cacophony: Speed Metal Symphony
Coroner: No More Color
Tokyo Blade: Tokyo Blade
Riot: Thundersteel

#31 Edited by PenguinDust (12532 posts) -

I have an old blog that does nothing but list my favorite 80's songs (one per artist). My favorite 80's songs (a sizable list)
As far as albums go, my taste in music evolved over the course of the 1980's so I went from listening to disco at the very opening of the decade to alternative rock by the end.  As such, I have a wide range of tastes covering the time period.   In the earliest part of the 80's I was still in elementary school and disco and soft rock were what I listened just as I had in the 70's.  However, when I entered into middle school, I started to seek out more aggressive sounds.  Thanks to the Columbia Record and Tape Club, my music library grew practically overnight and all for a penny!   

Early 80's
The Police ~ Synchronicity 
Hall & Oates ~ Private Eyes  
The Go-Go's ~ Beauty & the Beat
The Clash ~ Combat Rock
As the decade continued, like many teenagers, music became fundamental to my identity.  I was still maturing so most of what I knew of, I heard off FM radio.  MTV was around and it was making an impact on what DJs were playing.  I started to listen to songs which had popular videos.  First off NBC's Friday Night Videos and later on MTV itself (after my family finally got cable).  Punk transitioned into New Wave and with that came a full onslaught of new British bands.  MTV needed content and the Brits took to the new medium faster than American performers at the time.   A few American artists did make an impression, though.   I was a huge Prince fan through the mid 80's and collected all of his albums for the decade.
Mid 80's
Michael Jackson ~ Thriller
Prince ~ Purple Rain 
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band ~ Born in the USA
Cyndi Lauper ~ She's So Unusual
Huey Lewis and the News ~ Sports
Van Halen ~ Jump
ZZ Top ~ Eliminator

The late 80's were my high school years and I was largely rebellious and disgusted with what MTV and FM radio was airing.  Occasionally, something would come along I liked, but most of the Top-40 left me cold.  During this period of my life, I turned my attention back to the past and focused on music from the 50's, 60's and early 70's; Motown, Stax Records, the British Invasion, Psychedelia, Southern Rock, etc... plus I began to dabble in Jazz and classic Blues.  Then late at night off an independent TV station I caught the first few glimpses of what I had been longing for.  Alternative wasn't something the major labels cared to promote, but I wanted more of raucous sound.
Late 80's
Guns 'n' Roses ~ Appetite for Destruction 
U2 ~ Joshua Tree 
Siouxsie and the Banshees ~ Peepshow
Sonic Youth ~ Goo
Dinosaur Jr. ~ You're Living All Over Me
Jane's Addiction ~ Nothing Shocking
Public Enemy ~ Fear of a Black Planet
The Pixies ~ Surfer Rosa
Red Hot Chili Peppers ~ Mother's Milk
The Cure ~ Disintegration
B-52's ~ Cosmic Thing
And with that, the 90's came and alternative went mainstream with the success of Nirvana and the rise of grunge.  Rap and Hip-hop also started to dominate pop music and MTV.  Much like the later portion of the 80's, the 90's became stale and corporate.  Actually, that happened at the end of the 70's, too so perhaps it's just a part of music's developmental cycle.  For a long time, I denied any love for the 80's, but as the years have passed, I've returned to the era.  Even the worst songs evoke some memory and I believe I was probably too harsh back then.  Youthful passion tends to make everything more important than it actually is.  I can listen to New Edition again. 



#32 Posted by Hitchenson (4682 posts) -


#33 Edited by KarmaPoliceman (143 posts) -
  1. Pixies - Doolittle
  2. Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
  3. Joy Division - Closer
  4. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Your Funeral... My Trial
  5. Talking Heads - Remain in Light
  6. Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
  7. The Cure - Disintegration
  8. The Go Betweens - 16 Lovers Lane
  9. The Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
  10. Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back

Damn, I always trashed the 80's, but making a list has made me reconsider my stance. I limited myself to one album per artist and some of my favourites still missed out (Midnight Oil, Swans, Tom Waits, REM, Leonard Cohen, The Birthday Party, Galaxie 500...)

So I have a new conclusion, all decades are good for music!

#34 Posted by anarchyzombie9 (615 posts) -

Anything by The Smiths
Disentegration and Pornography by The Cure
Violent Femmes' s/t
Doolittle (seeing them perform it in November...fuck yes.)
Tim and Let It Be by The Replacements
TMBG's first two albums are just fucking perfect.
Milo Goes to College 
The Stone Roses
Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables

I hate the term but these are "essential" listening.  My taste is more varied that this list would cause you to assume.

#35 Posted by Jost1 (2077 posts) -

Thriller and Bad are very high on my list. Thriller is probably the best pop album ever created.

#36 Posted by Krampus (141 posts) -
@Ersanven said:
1. Swans - Public Castration Is A Good Idea 2. Swans - Children of God 3. Napalm Death - Scum 4. Possessed - Seven Churches 5. Death - Scream Bloody Gore 6. Godflesh -Streetcleaner 7. Swans- Cop
FUCK YES!  Best list so far especially with three Swans albums.
Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
Swans - Children of God
Foetus - Thaw 
Nomeansno - Wrong
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Tender Prey
This Heat - Decit
Swans - Filth
King Crimson - Discipline
Pixies - Surfer Rosa
Big Black - Songs about Fucking
Depeche Mode - Music for the Masses
The Frogs - It's only Right and Natural
Godflesh - Streetcleaner
The Pogues - Rum, Sodomy and the Lash
#37 Edited by LetsRockBaby (241 posts) -

 Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill
Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
Rush - Moving Pictures
Talking Heads - Remain in Light 
Rolling Stones - Emotional Rescue
Tears for Fears - Songs from the Big Chair
Yes - 90125 
Van Halen - 1984