Top 100 Albums Of The ’80’s? Ummm, Sort Of…

pulling-hair-outSo to continue the Pitchfork bashing, and since we all had such a nice discussion over their “Songs Of The ’80’s” list, I thought I’d add fuel to the fire while I await the next scheduled posting to, um, post. So, here’s a link to Pitchfork’s Top 100 albums of the 1980’s. I agree that 47 out of the 100 deserve to be here, while the remainder do not. Instead of having to scroll through 50 pages of hipster verbiage I have a list here for you to scan.

  1. Daydream Nation (Sonic Youth)
  2. Remain in Light (Talking Heads)
  3. Paul’s Boutique (Beastie Boys)
  4. Doolittle (Pixies)
  5. Murmur (R.E.M.)
  6. The Queen Is Dead (The Smiths)
  7. Surfer Rosa (Pixies)
  8. Rain Dogs (Tom Waits)
  9. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (Public Enemy)
  10. Closer (Joy Division)
  11. Swordfishtrombones (Tom Waits)
  12. Purple Rain (Prince)
  13. This Nation’s Saving Grace (The Fall)
  14. Sister (Sonic Youth)
  15. Skylarking (XTC)
  16. On Fire (Galaxie 500)
  17. Double Nickels on the Dime (Minutemen)
  18. 3 Feet High and Rising (De La Soul)
  19. Second Edition (Public Image Ltd.)
  20. Deceit (This Heat)
  21. My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (Brian Eno & David Byrne)
  22. Isn’t Anything (My Bloody Valentine)
  23. Psychocandy (The Jesus and Mary Chain)
  24. Solid Gold (Gang of Four)
  25. Damaged (Black Flag)
  26. Get Happy!! (Elvis Costello)
  27. Thriller (Michael Jackson)
  28. Power, Corruption & Lies (New Order)
  29. Let It Be (The Replacements)
  30. The Joshua Tree (U2)
  31. Evol (Sonic Youth)
  32. Zen Arcade (Hüsker Dü)
  33. Hex Enduction Hour (The Fall)
  34. Spirit of Eden (Talk Talk)
  35. Straight Outta Compton (N.W.A)
  36. Violent Femmes (Violent Femmes)
  37. Tim (The Replacements)
  38. Disintegration (The Cure)
  39. The Stone Roses (The Stone Roses)
  40. You’re Living All Over Me (Dinosaur Jr.)
  41. Licensed To Ill (Beastie Boys)
  42. The Trinity Session (Cowboy Junkies)
  43. Raising Hell (Run-D.M.C.)
  44. Computerwelt (Kraftwerk)
  45. Sign ‘O’ the Times (Prince)
  46. English Settlement (XTC)
  47. Naked City (John Zorn)
  48. Document (R.E.M.)
  49. Vs. (Mission of Burma)
  50. The Perfect Prescription (Spacemen 3)
  51. I’m Your Man (Leonard Cohen)
  52. Paid in Full (Eric B. & Rakim)
  53. Signals, Calls and Marches (Mission of Burma)
  54. Songs About Fucking (Big Black)
  55. Synchronicity (The Police)
  56. Discipline (King Crimson)
  57. Come on Pilgrim (Pixies)
  58. Imperial Bedroom (Elvis Costello)
  59. Appetite for Destruction (Guns n’ Roses)
  60. Nebraska (Bruce Springsteen)
  61. Homotopy To Marie (Nurse With Wound)
  62. Reckoning (R.E.M)
  63. Colossal Youth (Young Marble Giants)
  64. …And Don’t the Kids Just Love It (Television Personalities)
  65. Underwater Moonlight (The Soft Boys)
  66. Psonic Psunspot (The Dukes of Stratosphear)
  67. Rum, Sodomy and the Lash (The Pogues)
  68. Stop Making Sense (Talking Heads)
  69. Crazy Rhythms (The Feelies)
  70. Trust (Elvis Costello)
  71. Pleased to Meet Me (The Replacements)
  72. Up on the Sun (Meat Puppets)
  73. Horse Rotorvator (Coil)
  74. Fear and Whiskey (Mekons)
  75. Criminal Minded (Boogie Down Productions)
  76. Stands for Decibels (The dB’s)
  77. Strangeways, Here We Come (The Smiths)
  78. Lincoln (They Might Be Giants)
  79. E2-E4 (Manuel Göttsching)
  80. New Day Rising (Hüsker Dü)
  81. Blue Bell Knoll (Cocteau Twins)
  82. Perverted by Language (The Fall)
  83. The Colour of Spring (Talk Talk)
  84. Come Away With ESG (ESG)
  85. Graceland (Paul Simon)
  86. Ghost in the Machine (The Police)
  87. Dirty Mind (Prince)
  88. Playing With Fire (Spacemen 3)
  89. Soul Discharge (Boredoms)
  90. Nothing’s Shocking (Jane’s Addiction)
  91. Los Angeles (X)
  92. Hounds of Love (Kate Bush)
  93. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (David Bowie)
  94. Meat Puppets II (Meat Puppets)
  95. Rio (Duran Duran)
  96. Rites of Spring (Rites of Spring)
  97. The Mekons Rock N’ Roll (Mekons)
  98. Treasure (Cocteau Twins)
  99. Songs of the Free (Gang of Four)
  100. Out Of Step (Minor Threat)