Wednesday, January 3, 2001

McQ's Favorite Albums Of 1983

Throughout 2023/2024 McQ's best of will be revisiting 1983 and re-evaluating all of it's significant album releases.

Billy Bragg's, lean, highly engaging seventeen-minute debut Life's A Riot With Spy Vs. Spy leads the latest batch of additions to our rankings.

Highest Recommends
1. Murmur - REM
2. Swordfishtrombones - Tom Waits
3. Violent Femmes

Strong Recommends
4. Speaking In Tongues - The Talking Heads
5. War - U2
7. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) - The Eurythmics
8. Uh-Huh - John Cougar Mellencamp
9. Sychronicity - The Police
10. Koyaanisquatsi - Philip Glass
11. Let's Dance - David Bowie
12. Kill 'Em All - Metallica
13. Rebel Yell - Billy Idol
14. Colour By Numbers - Culture Club
15. Labour Of Love - UB40 
16. She's So Unusual - Cyndi Lauper
17. High Land, Hard Rain - Aztec Camera
18. Madonna

Solid Recommends
19. Touch - The Eurythmics
20. The Crossing - Big Country
21. Eliminator - ZZ Top
22. Texas Flood - Stevie Ray Vaughn
23. Soul Mining - The The
24. Life's A Riot With Spy Vs. Spy - Billy Bragg
26. Bad Influence - Robert Cray
27. Head Over Heels - Cocteau Twins
28. Undercover - The Rolling Stones
29. Infidels - Bob Dylan
30. Confrontation - Bob Marly & The Wailers
31. Out Of Step EP - Minor Threat
32. Pyromania - Def Lepperd
33. Punch The Clock - Elvis Costello
34. The Wild Heart - Stevie Nicks
35. Cargo - Men At Work
36. The Hurting - Tears For Fears
38. Hootenanny - The Replacements

Mild Recommends

39. Can't Slow Down - Lionel Richie
40. Flashdance - Various Artists
41. Seven and the Ragged Tiger - Duran Duran
42. Break Out - The Pointer Sisters
43. The Adventures - Djam Leelii & Mansour Seck
44. Kilroy Was Here - Styx



1983 Albums Of Critical Note I've Yet To Assess In Full
90125 - Yes
An Innocent Man - Billy Joel
Appollo: Atmospheres And Soundtracks - Brian Eno
Before Hollywood - The Go-Betweens
Clics Modernos - Charly Garcia
Construction Time Again - Depeche Mode
Duck Rock - Malcolm McLaren
Emergency Third Rail Power Trip - The Rain Parade
Fervor / Lost & Found - Jason & The Scorchrs
Frontiers - Journey
Future Shock - Herbie Hancock
Genesis
Hand Of Kindness - Richard Thompson
Hearts And Bones - Paul Simon
Holy Diver - Dio
Jonathan Sings - The Modern Lovers
Learning To Cope With Cowardice - Mark Stewart & The Maffia
Legandary Hearts - Lou Reed
Love Wars - Womack And Womack
Meat Puppets II
Mommy's Little Monster - Social Distortion
More Fun In The New World - X
No Parlez - Paul Young
Over The Edge - Wipers
Peace Of Mind - Iron Maiden
Perverted By Language - The Fall
Porcupine - Echo And The Bunnymen
Proof Through The Night - T-Bone Burnett
Rock For Light - Bad Brains
Saturn Strip - Alan Vega
Script For A Jester's Tear
Script Of The Bridge - The Chameleons
Shout At The Devil - Motley Crue
Sports - Heuy Lewis & The News
Suicidal Tendencies
Synchro System - King Sunny Ade
Trouble In Paradise - Randy Newman
Where Angels Fear To Tread - Mink DeVille
You Gotta Say Yes To Another Excess - Yello

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