Monday, January 05, 2009

Essential Albums of the 1980s

Here is one off the beaten path. Not a specific band. Not even a specific label. But a specific era.

This is a list of Essential Albums that were released in the 1980s. Enjoy!
  1. 1984 (Van Halen)
  2. 5150 (Van Halen)
  3. Among the Living (Anthrax)
  4. Back in Black (AC/DC)
  5. Beauty and the Beat (The Go-Gos)
  6. Bleach (Nirvana)
  7. Boy (U2)
  8. British Steel (Judas Priest)
  9. Document (R.E.M.)
  10. Doolittle (Pixies)
  11. Fugazi (Fugazi)
  12. Generic Flipper (Flipper)
  13. Heartbeat City (The Cars)
  14. Holy Diver (Dio)
  15. Love at First Sting (Scorpions)
  16. Master of Puppets (Metallica)
  17. Milo Goes to College (Descendents)
  18. Minor Threat (Minor Threat)
  19. Momentary Lapse of Reason (Pink Floyd)
  20. No Control (Bad Religion)
  21. Operation Mindcrime (Queensryche)
  22. Somewhere in Time (Iron Maiden)
  23. Sonic Temple (The Cult)
  24. South of Heaven (Slayer)
  25. Surfer Rosa (Pixies)
  26. Synchronicity (Police)
  27. The Joshua Tree (U2)
  28. The Unforgettable Fire (U2)
  29. Third Stage (Boston)
  30. To Hell With the Devil (Stryper
  31. Violent Femmes (Violent Femmes)


  1. I would add these...

    Hysteria - Def Leppard
    Licensed to Ill - Beastie Boys
    Thriller - Michael Jackson
    Bad - Michael Jackson
    Raising Hell - Run DMC
    Appetite for Destruction - Guns n' Roses
    Combat Rock - The Clash
    (I would actually add London Calling but it was technically released in '79)
    Power, Corruption, and Lies - New Order
    Zen Arcade - Husker Du
    Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen
    Purple Rain - Prince

  2. I would agree with you on Licensed to Ill and Purple Rain.

    I would certainly not consider any album by Michael Jackson on MY essential albums list. LoL!

    The rest are good albums but not necessarily essentials.

  3. Really? I include them because Thriller is the top-selling album ever and made a music video channel a viable promotional tool for music, and Bad has sold over 30 million copies worldwide. The others all have similar merits either through album sales, dominant radio play during the '80s, or high levels of influence (Husker Du) on subsequent generations of bands.

    If you're talking about what you personally prefer to listen to, though, I can understand, although New Order really has something special. They deserve to be on everyone's essential list! I personally was never much of a Def Leppard or Guns 'n Roses fan.

  4. Yeah the purpose of these lists are not necessarily the most influential albums or the best selling albums. It is personal preference and these are albums that I would definitely recommend people listen to.

    I would never recommend Jackson to anyone. I couldn't do that to anyone. LoL!

    I am not a big fan of Guns N Roses either. They have a couple of decent songs but nothing to warrant me putting any of their albums on an Essentials list. Same with Def Leppard, I like some of their stuff but I wouldn't put any one album of theirs on the list. New Order is okay. I have never a really huge fan of theirs though either.

  5. Yeah well beat it is the ringtone on my phone lol!!