Now, with hindsight, we’re attempting to look at the ’80s with new eyes—reassessing old favorites, rediscovering undersung gems. The title track was partially influenced by the March 79 at Three Mile Island (nuclear reactor). "Hotel California" is an album about the cost of fame, but also the record that gave the band every bit of it. Thriller (1982) – Michael Jackson 2.

The album also had a sense of humor, found in the cover of Gershwin’s “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” where they stressed the song’s sly line of questioning about what’s written in the Bible. “Lover Boy” is a short and sweet ragtime moment that doesn’t seem like much, but then turns into another show-stopping sing-along.

Later, in the same manner, he unabashedly burns his ex-songwriting partner Paul McCartney in “How Do You Sleep?” With every song a gem, this is John Lennon at his multi-layered best. Pink Floyd - 'The Dark Side of the Moon', Pink Floyd’s eighth album seems almost mythological at this point, as some sort trippy pop-culture experiment. 27.

The Real Thing (1989) – Faith No More

Art-Rock and thinking 'outside the box' are merely two ways to describe this excellent UK debut by the lovely Bush. ›› "Brown Sugar", "Sway" , "Wild Horses" - the opening three tracks - pure magic and the rest will do just fine. "Who'll Stop the Rain", reached #2 in USA and the album was a number one hit all over the world. Boy (1980) – U2 But when Smith ended up throwing a gui, tar on Run-D.M.C.’s “Rock Box,” Whodini instead retreated into severely cropped drum sounds and synths to produce a rap/R&B hybrid that scraped against an outer emptiness.

'I don't mind you coming here and wasting all my time. “Can You Get to That” seesaws on the dueling voices of Gary Snider and Pat Lewis, taking on the air of a violent fantasia. Albums You've Never herd...Pt 2 - 2012, NME - 60

Rattle and Hum (1988) – U2

The fifth studio album by U.K. rockers The Who (what?) She’s So Unusual (1983) – Cindi Lauper Wild Gift (1981) – X Double Nickels On The Dime (1984) – Minutemen ››

Ini Kamoze’s self-titled 1984 debut was not just the introduction of a talented new voice in reggae. 1. Billboard ranked it the best selling album of 1972, quite a feat considering the year’s release of now-classic albums by Carole King, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie and on and on. (1991) 23. Swordfishtrombones (1983) – Tom Waits —Max Blau, After starting off their career with five studio albums (I, II, III, IV and Houses of the Holy) that ensured their legacy as one of the decade’s definitive rock acts, Led Zeppelin had no need to prove themselves further. 186. Opening with the gospel-tinged title track, which featured Garfunkel’s all-time finest lead vocal, Bridge Over Troubled Water never relents its focus, even as it sprawls: “El Condor Pasa (If I Could)” is a mystical folk gem; the ramshackle pop of “Cecilia” is the very definition of a sing-along; meanwhile, the aching, psychedelic ballad “The Only Living Boy in New York” is simply the greatest song they ever released—sort of like having your heart demolished and swiftly re-assembled in just under four minutes.

›› But as always with Dylan albums, it’s the words that steal the show, particularly on the bitter epic “Idiot Wind” and the haunting, uplifting “Tangled Up in Blue.” Rock’s most critically acclaimed troubadour kept on releasing wonderful albums after Blood on the Tracks—but he never topped it. True Blue (1986) – Madonna

NME Albums Of The Year...So Far - July 2010

1. The album’s influence reached beyond electronic music or traditional pop, and somehow this cold, mechanical, Gemanic art helped birth hip-hop, with the title track memorably incorporated into Afrika Bambaataa’s seminal “Planet Rock.” —Garrett Martin, With the follow-up to Crosby, Stills & Nash’s critically acclaimed debut, the group decided to enlist the talents of Canadian singer/songwriter Neil Young. The supergroup recorded both modernized interpretations of classic songs like “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out” and “It’s Too Late,” as well as original compositions like “Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?” and the eponymous “Layla.” Though originally snubbed, Layla has continued to be recognized as an explosion of blues-infused rock ’n’ roll and a seminal work in Clapton’s career. –Marc Masters, Flipper Perform “The Way of the World” Live. But it's also one of the definitive statements of hard rock and metal, as Scott's powerful voice paired with Angus Young's guitar blew everyone away.