5 Best Albums Of The 80s
It’s not possible to spell the 80s without Sonic Youth, is it? What Madonna was for the mainstream, that’s what Kim Gordon was for the underground. Daydream Nation finally saw the band combining their avant-garde sound with classic rock, which made it a full power force. Don’t be fooled by dreamy, long intros and instrumental intermezzos. Everything is furious on this album. From the opening angst-fueled Teen Age Riot to feministic Thee Sprawl, Daydream Nation offered to the 80s a groundbreaking approach to music albums. It covered topics that were rarely covered before and offered an idiosyncratic sound music lovers were yearning for.
Basically a twin brother of Thriller, Bad has a status of one of the two Michael Jackson’s career defining albums. Both definitely defined the sound of the 80s and have absolutely legendary status. Bad spawned iconic singles. The first one was upbeat title track that witnessed Jackson at his best vocal high pitched acrobatics. Signature ballad Man In The Mirror gave us a little bit of what Jackson could be If he wasn’t obsessed with uptempo numbers, while Dirty Diana and Smooth Criminal are the essence of this artist – dance pop megahits. There is a reason he was the king of pop in the same way it is reasonable to shortlist Bad as the best of the 80s.
There was and still is something obscurely seductive about Depeche Mode. Their sexy sound was always unique, on the edge of flirting with S&M, but Music For The Masses was certainly their defining record when it comes to the reach their sound started having on the world. Yet, the album’s title does not mean they made a commercial record and no, Enjoy The Silence is not off of this record. Still, there are plethora of signature DM tracks such as utterly flirty Strangelove, dark Little 15 and opening track Never Let Me Down Again. Please do enjoy this effortlessly mature 80s album.
2. THE QUEEN IS DEAD by THE SMITHS
The Smiths did not save rock music, but they definitely did revitalize it, especially with the remarkable third studio effort The Queen Is Dead. What gives the album the status of rock rejuvenator is the fact that these ten songs did not use synths that became so prevalent on the music scene in the 80s. No matter how intriguing the eccentric lead singer Morrissey was, the band managed to attract the audience with incredible hits There Is A Light That Never Goes Out and Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others. I highly recommend you listen to the title track and Cemetery Gates If you’re not up for the whole experience. But why wouldn’t you be?
1. COMPUTER WORLD by KRAFTWERK
The appearance of the electronic pop group Kraftwerk in the 70s was a positive shock in popular culture. They continued to intertwine conceptual visual art with early electronic instruments and sounds of everyday life on the magnificent eight studio album Computer World. There are only seven tracks here, but the spectacular emotional minimalism proved yet again that the man and the technology can cooperate as one. Whether it is a universally critically acclaimed first single Pocket Calculator or a song Computer Love that made them the first German group to reach the top spot in the UK, no one can deny Computer World deserves the title of the best album of the 80s due to its longitudinal influence.