U2 Album Voted Best Of The 80s

U2's 1987 classic has narrowly beaten Guns N Roses' Appetite For Destruction to the top of a new Readers Poll in Rolling Stone Magazine.

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U2's 1987 classic has narrowly beaten Guns N Roses' Appetite For Destruction to the top of a new Readers Poll in Rolling Stone Magazine.

The album also beat the likes of Born In The USA by Bruce Springsteen and AC/DC's Back In Black in the poll.

Rolling Stone says that it was "a close race" ultimate won by Bono and co. They also admit that the Clash's London Calling made the grade by "the skin of its teeth" because even though it was released in the UK in December 1979, it appeared in the US the following month.

Here's the top ten:

01. U2: The Joshua Tree 02. Guns n'Roses: Appetite for Destruction 03. Michael Jackson: Thriller 04. Bruce Springsteen: Born in the USA 05. Prince: Purple Rain 06. AC/DC: Back in Black 07. The Smiths: The Queen is Dead 08. The Clash: London Calling 09. The Cure: Disintegration 10. Metallica: Master of Puppets

Thanks for the report to PlanetRock.com.

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    BigSpence
    IMO, Back in Black should've been 1. Not a huge AC/DC fan but it does have some incredible rock songs.
    Slap-happy
    Abzzz wrote: 2nd place is quite good for a dead band
    Your point? The Smiths, The Clash and Michael Jackson are all on there, too. Some of whom are literally dead.
    grizzrodehed
    you know, had metallica or gnr or ac/dc or michael jackson or prince been on top, i could've understood that. all of those other albums are very deserving of a potential number one spot. but U2? come on...
    -xCaMRocKx-
    I'm not a huge fan of 80s rock/pop music: I much prefer the 60-70s and 90s-now. That said, there's some great albums on this list. U2 get a lot of flack these days, but The Joshua Tree is a great album.
    rockguitar314
    bobiscool123 wrote: Born to Run came out in 1975, not 1980-1989.
    very true but Born in the U.S.A., the album that was on the list was released in 1984
    Skullivan
    Only one I would've added would be "The Works" by Queen. And probably knock U2 down a couple spots.
    almadacr
    My list of the 80`s is very simple 1:Iron Maiden-NOTB 1:Scorpions-LATFS 1:Metallica-Master Of Puppets 1:AC/DC-Black in Black 1!Ozzy-Blizzard of Ozz 1:G&R-appetite for Destruction 1olice-Synchronicity 1:U2-The Unforgettable Fire 1:SRV-Texas Flood and i can keep going , i don`t trust very much at a magazine that has Rihanna in there cover .
    Gh.
    u2 firts in top10 of 80s? It tells all about that decade.
    Root Beer
    thejester wrote: am i missing something or wasnt the wall released in 1979 in november. and am i also missing something but is that not the WORST album by pink floyd in their entire catalogue
    I believe your first count is right but on the 2nd you are DEFINITELY missing something...
    "Tele" Steve
    Missing a lot of great hardcore, post-punk and proto-grunge albums. But that's not surprising.
    lockwolf
    shwilly wrote: Pink Floyd - The Wall
    Uhh, The Wall was released in 1979. Sure, it was practically 1980 by the time it was released but still 79.
    eddiethekman
    1. Appetite for Descrution 2.Back in Black 3. ...And Justice For All 4. London Calling 5. 1984 6. License To Ill 7. Blizzard Of Ozz 8. The Joshua Tree 9.Metal Health 10.Ride The Lightning Can't Forget about the Beasties!!!!
    woflcopter
    Thank the lord The Cure made it on this, if not I was very likely going to rage
    PatVanHalen5150
    Elmoplaysmetal wrote: Um... Van halen.... Their debut definetly deserves to be there or even 1984...
    Their debut was released in 1978.
    starman994
    For me my favorite 10 albums of the 80s would be 1. AC/DC Back in Black 2. Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz 3. Metallica Master of Puppets 4. Rush Moving Pictures 5. Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell 6. Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction 7. Def Leppard Pyromania 8. Ozzy Osbourne Diary of a Madman 9. Van Halen 1984 10. Megadeth Peace Sells 7.
    anjan14
    AFD Should be first ,then back in black or the opposite ,its really hard to choose between them .No Megadeth ? And Master of Puppets should be much higher !
    rockfreak611
    come the **** on now.... back in black should've undeniably been number 1 for so many reasons that exceed u2 and as already stated by a few people here, where the **** is van halen?
    betterman5
    shwilly wrote: Police - Synchronicity Stone Roses - Stone Roses Maiden - NotB Sugarcubes - Life's Too Good Pink Floyd - The Wall Ozzy - Blizzard of Ozz N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton Mano Negra - Puta's Fever Satch - Surfing With the Alien Dead Kennedys - Plastic Surgery Disasters Rush - Moving Pictures Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions... And Sign o' the Times was better than Purple Rain imho
    The wall was 1979 sorry bud, amazing though. So anyways im disgusted, GNR should have got one. Its waaaaay better than shitty U2
    Enix165
    Honestly, as a huge 80s fan the only albums I even like there are MoP(I think Metallica's first two albums destroy it too, bar Orion) and Back In Black. I think the list is bullcrap, but that could be just because I'm an 80s underground metal freak.
    gapazian
    1. Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back 2. Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation 3. Swans - Children of God 4. Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden 5. Kraftwerk - Computer World 6. Brian Eno & David Byrne - My Life in the Bush of Ghosts 7. Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain 8. Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense 9. Tom Waits - Rain Dog 10. Nirvana - Bleach Just my two cents. I really dislike the fact that on every best of the decade list, the same albums appear. It's nice to see The Smiths up there, though.
    Private Eye
    rockguitar314 wrote: bobiscool123 wrote: Born to Run came out in 1975, not 1980-1989. very true but Born in the U.S.A., the album that was on the list was released in 1984
    That was aimed at a post that said "Born to Run was better than Born in the USA" or something to that effect, not the actual list.
    Charlie4
    Jiimmyyy , don't feed the troll. I'd say apart from the way it's listed (U2 not the best imo), the majority of these albums were very influential in their respective genres so I'd say, for once, a decent list. I would put Thriller as #1 because that album had an impact of Beatles proportions.
    sthompson1892
    guitarmazdur wrote: for the love of god, CANT MUSIC JUST BE APPRECIATED???? everywhere i turn there's a TOP 10 BEST list or some shit like that. cant we just like what we like without someone telling us what's BEST?
    Well said!
    eddiethekman
    1.Appetite For Destruction 2.Back In Black 3.Thriller 4.London Calling 5.Ride The Lightning 6.License to Ill 7.1984 8.The Joshua Tree 9.Blizzard Of Ozz 10.Number Of The Beasts
    eddiethekman
    1.Appetite For Destruction 2.Back In Black 3.Thriller 4.London Calling 5.Ride The Lightning 6.License to Ill 7.1984 8.The Joshua Tree 9.Blizzard 10.
    Zeppelin Addict
    haha keep providing me with articles like these UG, the comments always give me such a laugh! blows my mind how hurt people are when they see these lists and its not the 10 selections they would make so they cry about it.. how do any of you expect a random group of a few thousand people to come up with the list that only exists in YOUR OPINION? aww i hate U2, GnR is soo overrated, wheres iron maiden? back in black/master of puppets is teh onez.. so what.. its all music. open your mind, find out why it was voted so highly... educate yourself.
    prelude222
    MarkSlayer2009: U2's overrated?? You're right, they should keeping making the same EXACT albums since the 80's like Slayer. But U2 doesn't, which is why they are still selling out stadiums every year 30 years later. And whats Slayer play to? Without the Big 4??
    b_flo
    Jiimmyyy wrote: Abzzz wrote: 2nd place is quite good for a dead band What a pathetic attempt at winding people up. This is a list of albums from the 80's, which is 20-30 years ago. The current status of a band's 'life' would have no bearing on the result of this poll whatsoever. What, do you think if GnR were 'alive', that'd help them reach a higher spot in this list? No. The fact is, you're just grabbing any attempt you possibly can to make a negative comment, even if it makes no sense whatsoever, just so you can have a stab at a band for whatever silly little reason you have.
    +100000! In a site that's mostly visited by metal heads...of course there's going to be a backlash. 1. If Metallica was #1, trolls would be posting that they're sellouts. 2. If G'n'R was #1, trolls would be posting how Axl is an a$$hole, and how their shows weren't great. 3. If Michael Jackson was #1, trolls would be posting stuff about his alleged pedophile activities. 4. If AC/DC was #1, trolls would be talking about how all their songs sound almost the same. ....and it goes on and on. Must be a slow day at UG!
    b_flo
    UG, while you're at it, why don't you put up a list of Top 10 guitar brands, or Top 10 guitar amps? You'll get a ton of replies on that post.
    Oldschoolguy
    Ugh, GnR is so over rated. How do you not have any Iron Maiden Albums on there? Not a horrible list though. Master of Puppets should have been a bit further up, but it's not terrible.
    cheapguitarist
    Good list in my opinion, thriller above apetite in my opinion though. Still, I'm not complaining
    Duv
    Normally these lists are shit, this one's acceptable. I don't like the concept of lists like these full stop though.
    JJ1990
    I would have hoped on rather And Justice For All... than Master of Puppets. Also where is Rust in peace, one of the best albums ever released ? I agree with the people who say Pink Floyd should also be on this. One thing I don't disagree with is the high ranking of Appetite for Destruction.
    Imptheshrimp
    turkeyjerky214 wrote: It's a Rolling Stone list. That magazine hasn't been relevant for like 35 years. Who cares about the idiotic lists they release every month? Like others pointed out, the fact that they left The Wall off completely discredits it. But then, it's not as hip to like Pink Floyd as it is U2, so they never really stood a chance.
    Pretty much this.