The 1980s was a decade known for its music. Yet with so much music to choose from, how do you narrow down your options? Although the 80s was full of musical talent throughout, here are the best 5 albums from the decade.
Before we being, remember that music is always about personal taste and preference. Your music collection should be just that; a personal collection rather than a reflection of popular tastes. Got an album you don’t like? Remember you can sell stuff online, such as CDs, for cash. The money can be used for something like a new album you want.
London Calling – The Clash
When dealing with the 80s, you have to consider one of the most successful and recognisable albums of all time. London Calling by The Clash demonstrates a lot of what the 80s were about. Punk Rock is a relatively small genre of music but it was a big success throughout the 1980s. London Calling also features other influences form a variety of genres; whilst it’s still punk rock at heart, it opens up to other tastes and sensibilities. It wouldn’t look out of place in any music collection.
Thriller – Michael Jackson
Another artist that is known the world over who has the roots of his success (at least, solo-artist) in the 80s is Michael Jackson. Few songs are as recognisable as the titular Thriller and the album contains many more instantly recognisable songs. Indeed, a large number of Jackson’s early hits were from the Thriller album. Even if you’re not a fan of the artist himself, there are enough songs here to captivate anyone and reminisce about the 80s.
Born In The USA – Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen is another well known name in music. The American rocker is known for a variety of songs but few albums collectively represent his lively nature better than his 7th album: 1984’s Born in The USA. Featuring the titular single, in addition to other songs, this album is perfect for parties or just for listening by yourself.
Back In Black – AC/DC
If you’re looking for classic, hard rock, few albums represent the 80s than Back in Black. A 1980 release, it contains such well known tracks as Back in Black and You Shook Me All Night Long. Many of these songs have been popularised in movies and other media since, forming instantly recognisable sounds and musical hits.
Purple Rain – Prince
Prince is yet another artist that just made sense in the 80s. Equal parts Rock, Pop and R’n’B, Purple Rain was the soundtrack to the film of the same name. Whilst some might still remember the film, Purple Rain is best known as the album and titular track. Essentially the 80s refined onto a CD, Purple Rain is an album many of the period will remember and one younger generations are just as familiar with.