Best Record of the 80’s

I’m just gonna throw this out there, but the best record of the ’80s wasn’t Thriller, Purple Rain, Born in the USA, or the Joshua Tree.  It wasn’t Paul’s Boutique, Nation of Millions, Double Nickles, Master of Puppets, or Violent Femmes.

Those are all great records, don’t get me wrong.  I like them just fine.  But it wasn’t any of those.

It was Appetite For Destruction.  Deep down, you know this is true.  Don’t let the bad memories of cheap vodka and stonewashed denim cloud your judgment.

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14 Responses to Best Record of the 80’s

  1. pipelineblog says:

    Speaking of, here’s one of many interesting lists on the matter. I also complain about how much Pitchfork pisses me off, but I always go there, and I’m happy when they list a record I didn’t think would get the props, like #40.

    http://rateyourmusic.com/list/unj/pitchforkmedias_top_100_albums_of_the_80s/

    I have 31 of these records, but I can see a lot of things on there I’d love to check out. Remain In Light at #2. Really? Number 2?

  2. David R says:

    I’m totally down with AFD. It’s my go-to album when I’m struggling for motivation at the gym, and in my opinion remains relevant and rocking to this day.

    Despite your disparagement of Pitchfork, I was glad to see my three other front runners (Pauls Boutique, Daydream Nation, and Doolittle) were also in their top five.

  3. kelly says:

    Daydream Nation and Pauls Boutique, both records I didn’t listen too until the 90’s would be my top picks with Daydream Nation pulling ahead by a nose (psyched to see that as PF’s top pick). AFD is a record I would have considered during the actual 80’s but Joshua Tree would have cinched it back then for me…… although NWA didn’t even make the list? WTF?

  4. Jim says:

    Hmmmm……Appetitite is excellent. Not my personal fave, though; can’t really pick it over Paul’s Boutique, the Joshua Tree, War, Murmur, Double Nickels, Pleased to Meet Me, or Zenyatta Mondatta.

  5. Jim says:

    And that Pitchfork thing is the biggest goddamned critical wank-o-rama I’ve seen in a long time. Two Tom Waits albums in the top 11? What the fuck ever. At least they included Rio.

  6. Dave Kingston says:

    Stop Making Sense isn’t number 68. NWA is 35th.

    I would pick Paul’s Boutique. That album is great.

  7. bsiemers says:

    first, the folks at pitchfork should remove all of the EP’s from the list. there are just not enough tracks to fairly evaluate them compared to the LP’s.

    as much as i loathe them now, i’d have to think that metallica deserves to have “kill em all” on the list.

    on december 31, 1989 my list would have included “1984” by van halen. of course, i hadn’t even heard of sonic youth in 1989.

  8. Charley says:

    I am down with AFD at #1. Sha-na-na-na-na-na-neez!

  9. Stanton says:

    Just as I would like to see the person who leaves a hot dog in his car for months at a time, I would like to see the person owned/listened to all 100 of these records during the 80s. I’m sure the porn ‘stache would be the same.

  10. pipelineblog says:

    For the record, I have 31 of those 100 records. Doesn’t seem like very many to me, but it’s far less when I consider how many I had while it was still the ’80s.

    I’m trying to decide whether I should take serious issue with Daydream Nation, and I guess I can’t bring myself to do it. But there’s no way Appetite was the 51st best record of the decade. No reasonable person would say that. Clearly, the only way to solve this dispute is to have G n’R and Talking Heads fight each other in a cage match, and see who comes out. And if the Smiths want to bitch about being all the way down at number 6 with The Queen is Dead, they can jump in there, too.

  11. brien hays says:

    It’s 39 for me. I wont nitpick the list (other than to say that APD wouldn’t make my top 1000). Interesting that there are several in the bottom 10 that would probably make my top 10 — and as I write this Minor Threat comes on the satellite punk channel I’m indoctrinating Torin with!

    Nice to see a couple of lesser known but great albums listed; the dBs’ Stands for Decibels and Big Black, Songs About Fucking.

    A huge omission is The Clash, London Calling — released Jan, 1980 so it counts.

  12. brien hays says:

    Looking through one of the other lists I noticed another major omission — Bad Brains, I against I. Not having it invalidates the whole list. . .

  13. pipelineblog says:

    Stone Roses? Interesting pick, Brien. You and Brad should talk; he’s a huge fan of it as well.

    I’d take Rock For Light before I Against I, but one of them has to be there, right?

    And Tim, but no Hootenanny? The production on Tim is terrible, which is too bad because the songs are Grade A. But how does a band’s production get worse when they sign to a major? I shouldn’t write about the Replacements here, because there’s a post coming on them in short order…

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