Top Ten Favorite Albums, 1980-1984 (with a bonus list)

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  • 1984
  • 1. Let It Be - The Replacements
  • 2. Purple Rain - Prince
  • 3. Reckoning - R.E.M.
  • 4. I Often Dream Of Trains - Robyn Hitchcock
  • 5. How Will The Wolf Survive? - Los Lobos
  • 6. Couldn't Stand The Weather - Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • 7. Hatful Of Hollow - The Smiths
  • 8. The Unforgettable Fire - U2
  • 9. The Fabulous Sounds Of The Pacific Northwest - Young Fresh Fellows
  • 10. Zen Arcade - Husker Du
  • 1983
  • 1. Learning To Crawl - The Pretenders
  • 2. More Fun In The New World - X
  • 3. Speaking In Tongues - Talking Heads
  • 4. Murmur - R.E.M.
  • 5. Mummer - XTC
  • 6. Texas Flood - Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • 7. Punch The Clock - Elvis Costello
  • 8. Swordfishtrombones - Tom Waits
  • 9. Everywhere At Once - The Plimsouls
  • 10. Jonathan Sings! - Jonathan Richman
  • 1982
  • 1. Imperial Bedroom - Elvis Costello
  • 2. Nebraska - Bruce Springsteen
  • 3. Shoot Out The Lights - Richard and Linda Thompson
  • 4. English Settlement - XTC
  • 5. 1999 - Prince
  • 6. Marshall Crenshaw - Marshall Crenshaw
  • 7. Under The Big Black Sun - X
  • 8. All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - Pete Townshend
  • 9. Night And Day - Joe Jackson
  • 10. Trans - Neil Young
  • 1981
  • 1. East Side Story - Squeeze
  • 2. Trust - Elvis Costello
  • 3. Wild Gift - X
  • 4. Ghost In The Machine - The Police
  • 5. Friday Night In San Francisco - Al DiMeola, John McLaughlin, Paco DeLucia
  • 6. For Those About To Rock We Salute You - AC/DC
  • 7. Stands For Decibels - The dB's
  • 8. Give The People What They Want - The Kinks
  • 9. Songs From The Attic - Billy Joel
  • 10. There Goes The Neighborhood - Joe Walsh
  • 1980
  • 1. Get Happy!! - Elvis Costello
  • 2. Back In Black - AC/DC
  • 3. The River - Bruce Springsteen
  • 4. Zenyatta Mondatta - The Police
  • 5. Sandinista! - The Clash
  • 6. The Pretenders - The Pretenders
  • 7. Black Sea - XTC
  • 8. Remain In Light - Talking Heads
  • 9. Los Angeles - X
  • 10. Argybargy - Squeeze
  • And 15 More From 1980, Just Because It Was That Great of a Year
  • American Music - The Blasters
  • Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School - Warren Zevon
  • Beat Crazy - Joe Jackson Band
  • Double Fantasy - John Lennon
  • Empty Glass - Pete Townshend
  • Gaucho - Steely Dan
  • Heart Attack & Vine - Tom Waits
  • Making Movies - Dire Straits
  • More Specials - The Specials
  • Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) - David Bowie
  • Seconds Of Pleasure - Rockpile
  • Sound Affects - The Jam
  • True Colours - Split Enz
  • Underwater Moonlight - The Soft Boys
  • Where Are All The Nice Girls? - Any Trouble
Author Comments: 

Top ten faves from the first half of the eighties, covering junior high and high school years for me. Maybe I'm biased, having grown up with the music, but it wasn't such a bad decade, was it?