80s Music My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)  

Clark Benson
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List Rules As usual, didn't count live albums or compilations

As-is, from late 1989. Original: ball point pen on graph paper.

Someday soon I will do a proper retrospective "Top 300-ish Albums of The 80s"-ish list, in the manner of my 90s and 00s lists. This list will then include artists like Tom Waits and Spacemen 3, who I had not been exposed to at the time I wrote this. Certainly the order will shake up a bit - 90125 and Kick, among others, will not stay in the Top 50, and Vivid and Talk Is Cheap will drop some, and I'll have to find room for records I didn't have at the time like You're Living All Over Me, and good Lord, I must have been in an anti-Sabbath mood at the time to have left off Mob Rules, Heaven and Hell, and Diary of a Madman (and frankly a lot more prime-era ('80-'85) metal), and I must have disqualified Surfer Rosa because I had it on a a combo-CD with Come On Pilgrim or something. But ANYWAY, looking at this 20+ years later I'm surprised at how accurate this still is to my tastes - the Top 10, for example, will turn out almost exactly the same.

Also, for some reason I had a record on the original list 2X (Accept's "Restless and Wild"), so this list is a lucky 49 instead of 50.

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Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
Guns N' Roses

2
The Joshua Tree is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)

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Pleased to Meet Me is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
The Replacements

4
Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
Metallica

5
Moving Pictures is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)

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Warehouse: Songs and Stories is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)

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Nothing's Shocking is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
Jane's Addiction

8
Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)

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Green is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
R.E.M.

10
Oh Mercy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
Bob Dylan

11
5150 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
Van Halen

12
Walk Among Us is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
Misfits

13
Slide It In is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
Whitesnake

14
Doolittle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
Pixies

15
Flip Your Wig is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
Hüsker Dü

16
London Calling is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
The Clash

17
Full Moon Fever is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
Tom Petty

18
OU812 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
Van Halen

19
Freedom is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
Neil Young

20
The Unforgettable Fire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)

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…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)

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Permanent Waves is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)

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Vivid is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
Living Colour

24
Security is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
Peter Gabriel

25
Restless and Wild is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)

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Disintegration is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
The Cure

27
Tattoo You is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
The Rolling Stones

28
Murmur is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
R.E.M.

29
Fire of Unknown Origin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
Blue Öyster Cult

30
Album is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
Public Image Ltd

31
Holy Diver is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)

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Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)

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Stop Making Sense is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
Stop Making Sense

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Talk Is Cheap is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
Keith Richards

35
Perfect Strangers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
Deep Purple

36
The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)

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Mother's Milk is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
Red Hot Chili Peppers

38
New Day Rising is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
Hüsker Dü

39
Abacab is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
Genesis

40
Bug is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
Dinosaur Jr

41
For Those About to Rock (We Sa... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)

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Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
Tracy Chapman

43
Spreading the Disease is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)

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Sign 'O' the Times is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)

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Jettison is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
Jettison Naked Raygun

46
Love is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
The Cult

47
90125 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
Yes

48
Kick is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
INXS

49
Electric is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list My Top 50 Albums Of The 80's (At The Time)
The Cult