10 Best Albums of the 1980s

See the results of this week's UG poll to find out what you think the best records of the 1980s were, then share your opinion on the results in the comments.

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The 1980s was a decade of financial excess, whether you were a record executive or a stock-trading nut on Wall Street.

The side-effect of all this money slushing around was big budgets for album recordings and live shows. While there might have been a lot of sucky music through the 80s, there were also plenty of really stellar records which continue to be fan favorites today - and your top 10 list this week proves it.

On Wednesday we asked UG readers to nominate and vote for their favorite albums from the 1980s. We've counted up thousands of votes, and the results are in.

So what are the best albums of the 1980s? Read on to find out.

10. Judas Priest "Screaming For Vengeance" (1982)

The eighth studio album by one of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time proved to be their best-selling release ever. The biggest hit on this album is probably "You've Got Another Thing Comin'," but it was a late addition to the record and almost missed the cut. "We were quite happy with the album but decided late on that we could add one more song," said former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing. "It came together quite quickly and I seem to remember that we all had a good feeling about it as it did sound like a good driving song and possibly a good radio track."

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09. Michael Jackson "Thriller" (1982)

UG lists will usually lean towards the rock and metal releases, but sometimes a mainstream record is so damn good it makes the grade too. Few would argue with the addition of "Thriller" in any "Best of 80s" list.

Along with producer Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson strived to create an album where "every song was a killer." When the album was complete, they still weren't happy and went back to spend a full week remixing each track. The effort was worth it, and secured Jackson's legacy with up to 65 million copies sold worldwide.

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08. Ozzy Osbourne "Diary Of A Madman" (1981)

We presume you've voted the original recording into the top 10, because the 2002 reissue where the bass and drums were re-recorded was pretty controversial at the time. Ozzy Osbourne and wife Sharon replaced the bass and drums by Bob Daisley and Lee Keslake in the reissue because they were angry about being sued by the pair in the 80s for not giving them proper credit in the original liner notes. Fans of the original were not happy.

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07. Dio "Holy Diver" (1983)

The cover art stirred controversy when Christians took offence to the sight of a devil killing a priest, but Dio was quick to counter critics by saying it could easily be a priest killing a devil. We're not sure how he got away with that one because we don't see it, but who cares: it's an incredible record from one of the best metal voices in history.

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06. Stevie Ray Vaughan "Texas Flood" (1983)

Stevie Ray Vaughan's debut was recorded in only three days. In fact, the first day was mostly spent setting up equipment in the corner of a warehouse, so it was really two days - but when you throw a group of great musicians together, anything can happen. Engineer Richard Mullen used just one mic on everything, except for Vaughan's amp, and the only pedal effect he used was an Ibanez Tube Screamer.

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05. AC/DC "Back In Black" (1980)

When singer Bon Scott died in 1980, AC/DC were close to packing up their guitars and calling it a day. But Scott's parents urged them to continue, and it's a good thing they did because the resulting album "Back In Black" went on to become a record smashing hit and one of the best selling albums of all time. They didn't forget their former singer, and guitarist Angus Young has said the black album cover was a sign of mourning for their old friend.

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04. Rush "Moving Pictures" (1981)

Rush might have been aiming at a more radio-friendly format on this album, but it resonates deeply with meaning, both musically and in its artwork. The cover, for example, shows people physically moving pieces of artwork (moving pictures, get it?), and the back cover shows a movie crew filming the cover scene (because movies are moving pictures. And then, just to push the envelope even further, bystanders are seen in an emotional state - you could say they were very moving pictures. If you know what I mean.

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03. Metallica "Master Of Puppets" (1986)

Bassist Cliff Burton died soon after the release of this album, marking the end of the first age of Metallica. Many call it their greatest achievement, and there's a fair chance Metallica wouldn't have earned the legacy they currently have if this album wasn't so incredible. There were no compromises on this album - Time magazine cited how Metallica "didn't bother with hooks or pop discipline," instead opting for a relentless metal masterpiece that still stands up as one of the best heavy metal records of all time.

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02. Guns N' Roses "Appetite For Destruction" (1987)

This list proves that the 80s produced a lot of great music, but by the middle of the decade, a plague was rising. Hair metal, glam metal, whatever you want to call it - it was taking over, and not everyone liked it. Something had to be done. And then Guns N' Roses' "Appetite For Destruction" arrived. It was like a nail in the coffin of sucky rock music, and defined what the next generation of rock stars would be - fun, skilled, and full of attitude. And drugs.

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01. Iron Maiden "The Number Of The Beast" (1982)

Producer Martin Birch didn't think Iron Maiden's old singer Paul Di'Anno could handle coeval duties on their complex new arrangements, so he was pleased when fresh-faced singer Bruce Dickinson arrived on the scene. For legal reasons relating to his former band Samson, Dickinson was technically unable to act as a songwriter on the new Maiden record, but they needed all the help they could get, with only five weeks left to record and mix the album after a long songwriting process and dwindling budget. Thankfully they persevered and made it to the end, producing a timeless album which rouses hundreds of thousands of Maiden fans to see them at mind-blowing live sets all these decades later.

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That's your official top 10 best albums of the 1980s. Thanks for all your nominations and votes - but do you agree with the results? Let us know how you would tweak the final top 10 in the comments.

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    Nice list. No guff from me although i personally think Ride the Lightning is better than Master, I'd take either one here
    Personally i think Blizzard of Ozz should have been in there. Those Randy Rhoads solos were amazing.
    I wasn't surprised that metal was over-represented on this list. I am surprised, however, that Slayer's "Reign In Blood" isn't on this list. Also, I would have loved to see "...And Justice for All" on here, as well. I missed voting for this list, but here's some good, non-metal albums from the 80s I would have liked to see on this list (in no particular order): The Cure - Disintegration Suicidal Tendencies - Self-Titled Faith No More - The Real Thing Bad Religion - No Control Black Flag - Damaged Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetbales Descendents - Milo Goes to College NWA - Straight Outta Compton Joy Division - Closer The Misfits - Walk Among Us Prince - Purple Rain Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions... The Police - Synchronicity And others I can't think of at the moment.
    Nah, Generation is right. Top 10 List? -Posts 13 albums that should be included- Oh, the logic.
    Haha! Good spot That doesn't count the two albums mentioned in the text though - someone is actually disappointed that 15 albums didn't make it into the top 10 list. FFS. OT - I personally much prefer 'Appetite for Destruction' over 'Number of the Beast'. Need to listen to most of the others on this list!
    Can we have just ONE list where people don't post their own self absorbed opinions as though we all actually give a shit?! Less then 10 comments in and some jerk is already blindsiding us with his own personal list. Wait, I know what you'd rather like to hear me say: OMG BUDDY, YOU'RE SO RIGHT, ALL OF THOSE ALBUMS SHOULD'VE BEEN ON THERE!!!
    I know right, imagine someone posting their own list in the comments of an article when the last line of said article is "Let us know how you would tweak the final top 10 in the comments." If your only opinion is that people should keep their opinions to themselves, you should keep it to yourself. Irony.
    Yeah, I mean, it's not like people are allowed to speak their minds. Also, can you ever post anything without sounding like a MASSIVE douchebag?
    Second Rate
    I wonder, can we have just ONE comment from GenerationKILL that doesn't make him/her/it come across as a completely insufferable douche bag?
    Right. Because good music should only be limited to a top ten, and anything past that isn't worthy of being mentioned, right? Speaking of self-absorbed opinions...
    We specifically ask for people to post their own lists in the comments. Nothing wrong with that.
    Agreed. I wouldn't be on this site without Lightning-- the album that made me pick up guitar. But I suppose only one album per artist on the list.
    I can agree. I honestly think Master of Puppets is one of the most overrated albums of all time. I mean, it's good, but it's not anything real special in my opinion.
    Awful list.. only 2 of those are any good, and when it comes to solid creativity the likes of the Pixies, the Cure and Coil out shine the lot of them. :S
    Jim Chodrick
    I'm just happy to see Texas Flood on here, I didn't really expect it to make it in a top 10 list.
    pretty good list actually. The Beastie Boys "Paul's Boutique" could also have been on the list. To be honest, if you had super tramp on this list (I know it isn't 80's), it would be the soundtrack to my childhood!
    I'd quite like a top 10 Led zep songs or Megadeth.
    completely agree. Would have been nice to see Peace Sells somewhere on this list as well.
    Honestly, I think that it would be cool to see a list of the best keyboard players. The typical thought-process of most people would be something like this: UG: Give us your nominations for 10 best keyboard players. User: Okay so there's Rick Wakeman, Keith Emerson, Geddy Lee, Ray un-pronouncable-last-name from The Doors and...FUCK!!! Kidding aside, I think that would be a good list. Led Zeppelin might be a little bit overdone (i've seen a lot of best Zep song lists) and most Megadeth songs (please don't hate me) sound almost exactly the same, with the exception of a few songs which feature acoustic guitars.
    Come on then UG, how about "best album of the forties"...? That'll really get people off their opinionated asses to do some real thinking. ...and don't tell me there weren't any classics in the forties...!
    Not a half bad list, I would've liked to see another thrash metal album as well as Master of Puppets, like Peace Sells, Among the Living or Reign in Blood. Personally I'd put Moving Pictures first but Number of the Beast is undeniably an amazing album
    I'd like to have seen an American hardcore band make the list...Dead Kennedy's "Plastic Surgery Disasters", DRI's "Dealing With It", Black Flag's "My War", Fear's "The Record", or Suicidal Tendencies "Insititutionalized"...
    It's a shame King Crimson didn't make the list. I wish more people listened to em. They have so much more music than just 21 century schizoid man.
    Yes, yes, yes! Discipline is within my top 5 favourite albums of all time, let alone the 80s... I've not met a single person who doesn't like it if you can actually get them to listen to it. It's just that damned good.
    Sorry, I know this is Ultimate Guitar and you have to be way into metal here, but the fact that Doolittle by the Pixies didn't make this list is actually insulting.
    Seriously? When I saw the comments on UG, I saw a shitton of votes for "Doolittle" by the Pixies, and I can only remember a few voting for "Diary of a madman", and "Holy Diver". Where the hell did the post-punk, and college-rock/alternative go?
    powerslave was certainly better as a whole than number of the beast. but i guess im satisfied with it. too many to put into a top 10. maybe top 20? megadeth ...
    surprised that Pyromania and Hysteria by def leppard weren't on this list-- they only sold over 10 million copies EACH
    THANK YOU dreid77447!!! And remeber Pyromania was kept out the #1 slot becasue of Michael Jackson. But it si a good list and you really can't say nothing wrong with MJ being on it. But you have to remember Def Leppard was HUGE in the 80's but the list I see it would be very hard who they would replace, all these albums/CD's were monumental.
    And yet they were the worst albums Def Leppard had to offer. Their best years were when they could still be classified as an NWOBHM band, not a Pop Rock band.
    Pretty sad Faith No More's The Real Thing didn't make the list. Glad SRV's Texas Flood made it though
    Faith No More are the best frickin' band EVER! I know that statement doesn't hold water but their awesome.
    Picking one artist one album: Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska The Clash - London Calling Guns n' Roses - Appetite for Destruction Husker Du - Zen Arcade New Order - Substance Paul Simon - Graceland Pixies - Doolittle REM - Lifes Rich Pageant Replacements - Tim The Smiths - Hatful of Hollow U2 - Joshua Tree And about a million others that have been already mentioned or are immediately obvious.
    The replacements, Husker du, New order, REM, and the Smiths... You immediatly won my upvote when you mentioned the first one!
    I'm just glad one of the albums I nominated made the list. RIP Dio \m/
    Most of 80's pop was rubbish, but 80's rock and metal was amazing!
    Way Cool JR.
    Most of '80s POP was great, there was so much variety in sound and style. In the '90's POP started turning to crap and everything started to sound the same and generic. It's been the same way ever-since. I do agree that '80s Rock and Metal was damn amazing.
    80's pop was fantastic compared to today. 80's metal was amazing. Minus some exceptions, 80's rock was pretty bad compared to every other decade since the 50's.
    That's true. Like I said though "most" of 80's pop was rubbish but I'm fond of a bit of Michael Jackson or some Duran Duran, especially when you compare it to what's being released now.
    80s progressive rock was the worst it ever was. All of the prog great prog bands turned to pop releases instead of prog, and very few REAL prog albums were released. Now many of these releases were decent or good pop releases, but they weren't prog. Rock bands like Queen, The Who, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd also released their weakest albums in the 80s.
    Someone completely missed the Neo-prog movement. Try some 80s Marillion or IQ.
    More like top 10 metal albums (and thriller) From the 80's. C'mon UG, listen to something else! Metal is not the be-all and end-all of guitar music!
    Oh no, my 50000 favorite indie/alt rock/whatever albums didn't make it to the list, now I'm gonna unleash hate on all heavy metal albums, completely disregarding their actual quality. But I'm not an elitist snob, 'cause only metal fans can get labeled that when they bitch about something, right? Seriously, people...
    How about something like "Top ten eighties albums that AREN`T painfully obvious"?
    Lol at people raging about too many metal bands, when there are only 5 metal bands on the list. And the 80's was the metal decade, same as the 90's was the grunge decade.
    Not starting shit here but all I'm gonna say is that there is a gigantic lack of Pixies on here.
    Kain Highwind
    No Smiths? No Pixies? No Stone Roses? No Dinosaur Jr? No Talking Heads? Wow
    I mean most of the UG readers here are horribly closed minded when it comes to other types of music besides metal. So I'm not really surprised. But yeah the bands you just mentioned have released gems during the 80's.
    The thing is, I'd say most of them are closed minded even when it comes to metal! Metallica or Slayer? Really not the best metal bands of the 80's... Even in the thrash scene, Sodom are so much better, Gothic Slam... But there's so much more to metal than those boring bastards Metallica...
    I'll be the first to call out mindless Big 4 worship, but Hell Awaits and Show No Mercy are two of the best Thrash Metal albums there is. And Gothic Slam certainly isn't good enough to be in a Top 50 Thrash list, let alone a list like this. That said, there were better Metal bands than those in the Big 4. Doom Metal was its most active in the 80s, for example, and that provides some of the best Metal out of the entire genre.
    Really. This is more of the 10 Best Metal/Hard Rock albums of the 80s, with the exception of Thriller, than the best albums of the 80s
    Did you really expect good taste from UG readers?
    I know the feel. When I saw the top 3, I couldn't retain myself from lol'ing.
    Please don't say "I know the feel" again.
    http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/i-know-tha... Please don't try to be a grammar nazi again.
    I know the meme - that's the reason I posted my comment. Also, for the record, I actually thought that 2 and 3 were pretty predictable, too (though I am happy to see Maiden beat GNR).
    There's also a reason why I posted my comment, which is the fact that I don't give a rat's arse. And yes, they were predictable, they are featured on UG lists every weekend.
    Listen dragoon, those bands are cult bands. When people think about the 80's they generally don't think about these. They've risen in popularity recently because of hipster culture.
    I hate these people who start using the word hipster and bandy it about at everything that's not what they listen to. You're making yourself sound stupid. I'm quite happy for The Beast to be number 1 - not my favourite 80's album or even my favourite Maiden, but it's a fair album to put there. But I do maintain the Smiths are far superior to a lot of these boring albums.
    I find the people who constantly throw around the word 'hipster' to be much more annoying, generally, than the pople who are generally referred to as 'hipsters'. The people who whine about 'hipsters' tend to be homophobic, closed-minded morons.
    Thank you, I honestly don't think anybody has the same definition of the word hipster. It's just like when people were throwing the word 'emo' around a few years ago.
    rabidgoon What do hipsters have to do with homosexuality? You're calling people who disagree with you, close-minded morons? Oh the irony. Furthermore, you're assuming that everyone (in this case me) that mentions hipsters are whining about them. I'm not. I'm simply stating that The Smiths are famous now (as opposed to the last two decades, where no one ever mentioned them) because of hipsters.
    "As opposed to the last two decades, where almost no one mentioned them..." What are you, 13? Seriously, stop yourself, you're making the most terribly ignorant statements on this site I've seen in a long time. I live in ****ing Denmark (a country that is not too good at following up with the big musical trends, and movements outside our comfortable borders), and from middle school and up, there has always been a buzz around the Smiths, and the post-punk movement in a whole. You are taking your own idea of what you think the Smiths are, and attempt to make it look like a fact. The ignorance I read in every one of your comments makes me depressed over that people can have their head so far up their own ass.
    I think I know A thing or two about hipsters. I go to the first one: http://www.collegemagazine.com/editorial... Care to explain where the reemergence in popularity of The Smiths came from, if not from hipsters.
    Oh, you go to college. That explains why you think you know everything.
    Great reply to my argument. I'm glad you stayed on topic, and answered all of my questions. Btw, when did going to college become a bad thing? Being an anti-intellectual is not something to be proud of.
    I went to college long ago. I am far from being an anti-intellectual in any way. However, kids who are in college often think they know a lot more than they do. This seems to be the case with you, as you think there has suddenly been a 'reemergence in popularity of the Smiths'. I am 34 yers old, and I've been listening to the Smiths since around 1990 and I can assure you they're no more popular now than they've been at any time in the past 23 years. You are simply more aware of their ongoing popularity because college and your age exposes you to more of the world than you were exposed to previously. I'm sure you'll understand what I'm saying once you grow up a little.
    I'm sorry but you're wrong. Just because you listened to them, does not mean that everyone did. Can you name 10 bands from the 90's that have said that The Smiths were an inspiration to them? I can easily do that with current bands. There is hands down a reemergence in popularity of the Smiths. Besides I didn't notice this when I got into college. When I was in High school, and hipsters started appearing, a lot of people learned about The Smiths overnight. You can easily notice how many Smiths shirts people are wearing, as opposed to before.
    Sorry, you're wrong. In 1992 when Morrissey released "Your Arsenal" there was a major Smiths resurgence. And, as a fan, I've noticed that they've remained consistently popular. The theme song to the mid 90's show "Charmed" was a cover of a smiths song. Their music has been used in many films and I can recall seeing Smiths videos on MTV's 120 minutes and alternative nation back as far as I can remember. You know, back when you were in pre-school. "When I was in High school, and hipsters started appearing, a lot of people learned about The Smiths overnight." Yeah, that's when a lot of your peers suddenly 'discovered' the smiths, but I assure you people who are older than you had been listening to them all along and they remained quite popular. What you're doing is akin to me claiming that the Clash suddenly got popular in the early 90's because that's when I first started listening to them. I'm wise enough to know that's not the case, but looking back, I could see myself making that claim because I didn't know any better, much like you don't know any better re: the smiths.
    Rebel Scum
    @Purplexing The Smiths have been pretty damn popular since the 80's man and of course would get more popular with time once the kids get into it. It ain't just because of "hipster culture."
    lol, ummm...no.
    "When I was in High school, and hipsters started appearing, a lot of people learned about The Smiths overnight. You can easily notice how many Smiths shirts people are wearing, as opposed to before." lol, ummm...no.
    Smiths, who had many singles among UK's Billboard Top 10, and Talking Heads, who simply made "Psycho Killer", one of the most famous songs of all time, are cult, hipster bands? Ok.
    '"Psycho Killer", one of the most famous songs of all time' Are you serious?
    If you seriously think "Psycho Killer" isn't played in every corner of the world, in every bakery, grocery store, barber shop, etc, then I suggest you going out a little more. Really, are YOU serious? EDIT: LOL @ 7 upvotes for that comment. Seriously guys, where do you live, Under a Rock City?
    Gee, what kind of bakeries, grocery stores, and barber shops have you been to?
    The bakeries and grocery stores are pretty standard, but I actually saw a barber hurting someone kinda badly for trying to air drum to Bohemian Rhapsody while holding a razor. I changed my barber shop since then...
    Good point. The Talking Heads, especially, are a lot more popular than Dio and Judas Priest.
    No punk, post-punk, or Tom Waits? This community is broken. . . also, Rush are boring, so many better prog bands, and I don't really even like prog.
    Talking Heads - Remain In Light The Smiths - The Smiths The Smiths - Louder Than Bombs Jesus & Mary Chain - Darklands The Specials - More Specials The Beat - I Just Can't Stop It Crass - Penis Envy Hmm...
    I love how metal fans get called elitist snobs all the time when about a quarter of the comments on this page are anti metal snobs.
    Rio- Duran Duran. Inb4 downvote barrage
    If there was a limited number of upvotes I'd give you all of mine, so many good pop albums in the 80s, guitar players have shite musical opinions (being one myself), we think we're better than other players even though that the players for acts such as 1 Direction are probably better than most on this forum
    #00. Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones (1983), Rain Dogs (1985), Frank's Wild Years (1987)
    HOLY CRAP YES. I know Tom Waits doesn't have many legendary guitar riffs or anything, but his songwriting skills dominated back then.
    The only issues I have is Blizzard should have been there over Diary and... No Dr Feelgood?
    I'm sure i saw a hell of a lot of votes for Disintegration...it's a pretty guitar-laden album too so i'm not seeing why it didn't make the cut O.o
    Seriously! Where is "Hysteria"? Def Leppard really came through with that album. If you look at 80's pop metal/rock(?)albums, nobody cleared the bar in better fashion. Bon Jovi's "New Jersey" was close, but Def Leppard was over the top in what they aimed for and what they hit. I love Maiden. There are songs where the lyrics make me cringe. Leppard's cheese is somehow more palatable.
    Deffo should be in the Top 10, even if Soft Rock is not your cup of tea, you cannot deny that Hysteria was a game changing album for the genre.
    You know UG, there were other genres of music in the 80s besides heavy metal right? There was "Let It Be" and "Pleased To Meet Me" by The Replacements, Pretty much any Dead Kennedys record, Life of Dreams by the Crumbsuckers and so on.
    You do realize that no one has ever heard of any of those bands don't you? (Except Dead Kennedys who made 3 decent songs) That's why they're not on here. If you want to see a top 10 with these bands included go to the vote for top bands no one has ever heard of or has any intention of ever listening to cos they're crap list.
    Good move, man. Don't listen to anything you've never heard before because it's all crap.
    God, of all terrible lists I've seen in UG, this one takes the cake.
    I agree some of the people on this site are locked in perpetual thrash metal/rock circle jerk. Not surprised at what I see here.
    Uhhh...well this is a site that people use primarily for guitar tabs, I mean what did you expect. Obviously there's going to be a bias towards guitar driven music such as rock and metal.
    well that is so sad that most people actualy think that they can play only metal and rock on an electric guitar, and i also know how ridiculous was my thought of music when i came here to learn songs from tabs instead of learning by ear. yes it was identical to most of the people here and i pity them
    I'm also still waiting for the first "lel no mate this is hipster garbage UP DA IRONZZZZZ! \,,/"...
    Thrash Metal circle jerk? Looks more like a Big 4 circle jerk than any Thrash Metal circle jerk, especially considering the only Thrash Metal album on this list is the most overrated album from one of the most overrated Thrash Metal bands. I'd expect better from a place that circle jerks over Thrash all the time, because at least they'd know more than 6 Thrash Metal bands.
    Battery Chicken
    It's the worst best of the 80's list ever made. This is a great site for tabs but the rest of it is next to pointless unless you're a metal fan.
    Guns n' roses has to be the most overrated band ever
    *every band on this list except Guns n' Roses are the most overrated bands ever
    I was all for it until Iron Maiden. Should Number of the Beast have been on the list? Yes. Should it have been number one? No. Appetite for Destruction should have been number one.
    Here I go again...Top 50 80s albums 1. Public Enemy-It Takes A Nation of Millions... 2. Minutement-Double Nickles on the Dime 3. Pixies-Dolittle 4. Sonic Youth-Evol 5. Metallica-Ride the Lightning 6. Eric B & Rakim-Paid In Full 7. Bad Brains-Bad Brains 8. R.E.M-Murmur 9. Beastie Boys-Paul's Boqique 10. Big Black-Songs About F&^%ing 11. Metallica-Master of Puppets 12. Joy Division-Closer 13. Sonic Youth-DayDream Nation 14. Steinski-The Payoff 15. Mission of Burma-Signals, Calls, and Marches 16. Kraftwerk-Computer World 17. Husker Du-Zen Arcade 18. Paul Simon-Graceland 19. Black Flag-Damaged 20. Slayer-Reign in Blood 21. De La Soul-3 Feet High and Rising 22. The Residents-Census Taker 23. Grandmaster Flash-The Message 24. U2-War 25. Talking Heads-Remain in Light 26. Talking Heads-Stop Making Sense 27. Boogie Down Productions-Criminal Minded 28. Megadeth-Rust in Peace 29. Tom Petty-Full Moon Fever 30. Pixies-Surfer Rosa 31. Oingo Boingo-Only A Lad 32. Prince-Purple Rain 33. Jane's Addiction-Nothing's Shocking 34. N.W.A-Straight Out of Compton 35. The Replacements-Tim 36. The Cure-Disintergration 37. Pet Shop Boys-Please 38. My Bloody Valentine-Isn't Anything 39. Public Enemy-Yo, Bum Rush the Stage 40. R.E.M-Document 41. Nine Inch Nails-Pretty Hate Machine 42. Stevie Ray Vaughn-Texas Flood 43. Metallica-Kill Em' All 44. Guns N Roses-Appetite for Destruction 45. Run D.M.C-Raising Hell 46. The Replacements-Tim 47. L7-L7 48. Jesus and the Mary Chain-Automatic 49. Slick Rick-The Great Adventures of Slick Rick 50. Butthole Surfers-Butthole Surfers
    Pretty solid list, I must admit...
    Thanks. I'm already kicking myself for excluding certain albums but I don't think I would ever be satisfied
    Great list, covers different genres, which is a good thing. I came in expecting to only see metal.