Wednesday, January 3, 2001

McQ's Favorite Albums Of 1980

McQ's Best Of is presently revisiting all of 1980s most celebrated albums for a critical reassessment and next summers retrospective mix collection and will continue to update this list through December 2021 - Judas Priest's turn to a more mainstream metal sound British Steel is our latest addition to the official rankings.

Highest Recommends
1. Pretenders
2. Back In Black - AC/DC
3. Closer - Joy Division
4. Remain In Light - The Talking Heads
5. Dirty Mind - Prince
6. Peter Gabriel 3 (aka Melt)
7. Ace Of Spades - Motorhead
8. Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables - The Dead Kennedys
9. Crazy Rhythms - The Feelies

Strong Recommends
10. The River - Bruce Springsteen
11. Scary Monsters - David Bowie
12. Boy - U2
13. Los Angeles - X
14. Underwater Moonlight - The Soft Boys
15. Searching For The Young Soul Rebels - Dexy's Midnight Runners
16. Get Happy - Elvis Costello
17. Songs The Lord Taught Us - The Cramps
18. British Steel - Judas Priest
19. Killing Joke

Solid Recommends
20. Crocodiles - Echo And The Bunnymen
21. Monarchie Und Alltag - Fehlfarben
22. Making Movies - Dire Straits
23. Colossal Youth - Young Marble Giants
24. Sound Affects - The Jam

Mild Recommends

25. Zenyatta Mondatta - The Police
26. Doc At The Radar Station - Captain Beefheart
27. Seventeen Seconds - The Cure

Not Recommended
28. Sandinista! - The Clash (an odd ranking, given this album has a handful of amazing songs, but imho, the worst, most dispiriting front-to-back listen from an elite artist in rock history, should never have been released in the bloated, filler-stuffed format that it was).


1980 Albums Of Critical Note I've Yet To Assess In Full
1/2 Gentleman / Not Beasts - Half Japanese
80/81 - Pat Metheny
Absolutely - Madness
A-Z - Colin Newman
Against The Wind - Bob Seger
All Shook Up - Cheap Trick
Ambient Vol 2:  The Plateau Of Mirror - Brian Eno & Harold Budd
Arc Of A Diver - Stevie Winwood
Autoamerican - Blondie
Argybargy - Squeeze
Bad Reputation - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Bass Culture - Linton Kwesi Johnson
Beat Crazy - Joe Jackson 
Black Sea - XTC
Blizzard Of Ozz - Ozzy Osbourne
Catholic Boy - The Jim Carroll Band
Celebrate - Kool & The Gang
Commercial Album - The Residents
Common One - Van Morrison
Crimes Of Passion - Pat Benatar
Defunkt/Thermonuclear Sweat - Defunkt
Departure - Journey
Devils, Rats & Piggies: A Special Message From Godzilla - The Mekons
Diana - Diana Ross
Double Fantasy - John Lennon
Drama - Yes
Duke - Genesis
East - Cold Chisel
Emotional Rescue - The Rolling Stones
Empires And Dance - Simple Minds
Empty Glass - Pete Townshend
End Of The Century - Ramones
Flesh And Blood - Roxy Music
Freedom Of Choice - DEVO
Full Force - Art Ensemble Of Chicago
Gap Band 3
Garden Of Love - Rick James
Gaucho - Steely Dan
Gentlemen Take Poloraoids - Japan
Glass Houses - Billy Joel 
Go To Heaven - Grateful Dead
Grotesque (After The Gramme) - The Fall
Growing Up In Public - Lou Reed
Guilty - Barbra Streisand
Gyrate - Pylon
Half-Mute/Scream With A View - Tuxedo Moon
Hawks & Doves - Neil Young
Heartattack And Vine - Tom Waits
Heaven And Hell - Black Sabbath
Heroes - Commodores
Hi Infidelity - REO Speedwagon
Hold Out - Jackson Browne
Hotter Than July - Stevie Wonder
Hypnotised - The Undertones
I Am What I Am - George Jones
I Just Can't Stop It - The Beat
I'm Wanted - George Thorogood
In The Flat Field - Bauhaus
Iron Maiden
Irons In The Fire - Teena Marie
Is This Real - The Wipers
Jane From Occupied Europe - The Swell Maps
Jeopardy - The Sound
Kaleidoscope - Siouxee & The Banshees
Kings Of The Wild Frontier - Adam And The Ants
Kilimanjaro - The Teardrop Explodes
Kurtis Blow
Le Chat Bleu - Mink De Ville
Love Stinks - The J. Giels Band
McCartney II - Paul McCartney
Metamatic - John Foxx
Ming - David Murray Octet
More Specials - The Specials
Nacha Pop
Never For Ever - Kate Bush
On Through The Night - Def Leppard
One Step Closer - The Doobie Brothers
One Trick Pony - Paul Simon
Organisation - Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark
Panorama - The Cars
Penguin Eggs - Nick Jones
Permanent Waves - Rush
Real People - Chic
Roses In The Snow - Emmylou Harris
Saved - Bob Dylan
Seconds Of Pleasure - Rockpile
Signing Off - UB40
Sinsemilla - Black Uhuru
Soldier - Iggy Pop
Solid Pleasure - Yello
Something Better Change - D.O.A.
Super Trouper - ABBA
The Birthday Party
The Blues Brothers
The Commercial Album - The Residents
The Correct Use Of Soap - Magazine
The Expanding Universe - Laurie Speigel
The Game - Queen
The Glow Of Love - Change
The Psychedelic Furs
The Return Of The Durutti Column 
The Second Album - Suicide
The Turn Of A Friendly Card - Alan Parsons Project
The Wanderer - Donna Summer
Three For Love - Shalamar
TP - Teddy Pendergrass
Triumph - The Jacksons
True Colors - Split Eno
Two Bit Monsters - John Hiatt
Uprising - Bob Marley And The Wailers
Vienna - Ultravox
Voices - Daryl Hall & John Oates
Warm Leatherette - Grace Jones
Warm Thoughts - Smokey Robinson
Wild Planet - The B52s
Women And Children First - Van Halen

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