Pitchfork’s 200 Best Albums of the 1980s

Music lists, you gotta love ’em. Pitchfork has just posted their picks for the 200 best albums of the 1980s, in descending bestest order. And it goes a little something like this:

I highlighted some of my favorites.

200. Malcolm Mclaren – Duck Rock
199. Tenor Saw – Fever
198. Mercyful Fate – Don’t Break the Oath
197. Whodini – Escape
196. Virgo – Virgo
195. Cecil Taylor – For Olim
194. Patrice Rushen – Straight from the Heart
193. Flipper – Generic Album – Flipper
192. Salt-N-Peppa – Hot, Cool & Vicious
191. Bronski Beat – The Age of Consent
190. Ini Kamoze – Ini Kamoze
189. Butthole Surfers – Locust Abortion Technician
188. Yoko Ono – Season of Glass
187. Tom Tom Club – Tom Tom Club
186. Paul McCartney – McCartney II
185. Too $hort – Life Is… Too $hort
184. Change – The Glow of Love
183. The B-52s – Wild Planet
182. ABBA – The Visitors
181. Nuno Canavarro – Plux Quba
180. 808 State – 90
179. LiliPut – LiliPut
178. Joe Jackson – Night and Day
177. Queen Latifah – All Hail the Queen
176. Psychic TV – Dreams Less Sweet
175. Godflesh – Streetcleaner
174. Ornette Coleman – In All Languages
173. Tina Turner – Private Dancer
172. Duran Duran – Rio
171. Scritti Politti – Cupid & Psyche 85
170. Yellowman – Mr. Yellowman
169. The Faith / Void – The Faith / Void
168. Nurse With Wound – Soliloquy for Lilith
167. Au Pairs – Playing With a Different Sex
166. Ice T – Rhyme Pays
165. Swell Maps – Jane From Occupied Europe
164. Pauline Oliveros/Stuart Dempster/Panaiotis – Deep Listening
163. Ryuichi Sakamoto – Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
162. King Sunny Adé & His African Beats – Syncro System
161. Richard and Linda Thompson – Shoot Out the Lights
160. Mr. Fingers – Amnesia
159. Various Artists – The Indestructible Beat of Soweto
158. Judas Priest – British Steel
157. MC Lyte – Lyte As a Rock
156. Stevie Wonder – Hotter Than July
155. Elvis Costello & the Attractions – Imperial Bedroom
154. LL Cool J – Radio
153. Meredith Monk – Dolmen Music
152. Meat Puppets – II
151. The Clean – Compilation
150. La Monte Young – The Well-Tuned Piano
149. Anita Baker – Rapture
148. Rites of Spring – Rites of Spring
147. Virginia Astley – In the Gardens Where We Feel Secure
146. Geto Boys – Grip It! On That Other Level
145. Daniel Johnston – Hi, How Are You: The Unfinished Album
144. The Clash – Sandinista!
143. Descendents – Milo Goes to College
142. Midori Takada – Through the Looking Glass
141. Celtic Frost – To Mega Therion
140. 3rd Bass – The Cactus Album
139. The Durutti Column – Vini Really
138. Big Daddy Kane – Long Live the Kane
137. Horace Andy – Dance Hall Style
136. Neneh Cherry – Raw Like Sushi
135. Big Black – Songs About Fucking
134. Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking
133. XTC – Skylarking
132. Prefab Sprout – Steve Mcqueen
131. Echo & the Bunnymen – Ocean Rain
130. Scientist – Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires
129. The D.O.C. – No One Can Do It Better
128. AC/DC – Back In Black
127. David Bowie – Let’s Dance
126. Pet Shop Boys – Actually
125. Peter Gabriel – Peter Gabriel
124. Bruce Springsteen – Tunnel of Love
123. The Go-Gos – Beaty and the Beat
122. Beat Happening – Beat Happening
121. Pretenders – Pretenders
120. Run D.M.C. – Run D.M.C.
119. Steely Dan – Gaucho
118. Phillip Glass – Solo Piano
117. Whitney Houston – Whitney Houston
116. Misfits – Walk Among Us
115. Madonna – Like a Virgin
114. INXS – Kick
113. Spaceman 3 – Playing With Fire
112. New Order – Technique
111. Roxy Music – Avalon
110. X – Los Angeles
109. The Cure – The Head on the Door
108. Young Marble Giants – Colossal Youth
107. The Feelies – Crazy Rhythms
106. Laurie Spiegel – The Expanding Universe
105. Boogie Down Productions – By All Means Necessary
104. Public Image Ltd – Second Edition
103. Beastie Boys – License to Ill
102. Wipers – Youth of America
101. Alice Coltrane – Turiya Sings
100. Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual
99. Kool G Rap/ DJ Polo – Road to the Riches
98. Nirvana – Bleach
97. The Raincoats – Odyshape
96. Fela Kuti – Coffin for Head of State
95. Brian Eno/Daniel Lanois/Roger Eno – Apollo: Soundtracks and Atmospheres
94. Morbid Angel – Altars of Madness
93. Steve Reich – “Different Trains” / “Electric Counterpoint”
92. Fleetwood Mac – Tango In the Night
91. George Michael – Faith
90. R.E.M. – Reckoning
89. Cocteau Twins – Blue Bell Knoll
88. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
87. Tears For Fears – Songs From the Big Chair
86. Guns N Roses – Appetite for Destruction
85. The Blue Nile – Hats
84. Lucinda Williams – Lucinda Williams
83. Jungle Brothers – Straight Out the Jungle
82. Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast
81. Brian Eno/David Byrne – My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
80. Manuel Göttsching – E2-E4
79. The Fall – This Nation’s Saving Grace
78. Madonna – Like a Prayer
77. Depeche Mode – Music for the Masses
76. Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine
75. Siouxsie and the Banshees – Juju
74. Bob Marley and the Wailers – Uprising
73. This Heat – Deceit
72. Michael Jackson – Bad
71. Motorhead – Ace of Spades
70. Ultramagnetic MCs – Critical Beatdown
69. Metallica – Ride the Lightning
68. Husker Du – Zen Arcade
67. Julee Cruise – Floating Into the Night
66. Vangelis – Blade Runner Soundtrack
65. Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes
64. Grace Jones – Nightclubbing
63. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – From Her to Eternity
62. Glenn Branca – The Ascension
61. Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense
60. EPMD – Strictly Business
59. Kate Bush – The Sensual World
58. My Bloody Valentine – Isn’t Anything
57. Galaxie 500 – On Fire
56. Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA
55. Metallica – Master of Puppets
54. The Replacements – Tim
53. David Bowie – Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)
52. Minutemen – Double Nickles On the Dime
51. Sonic Youth – EVOL
50. ESG – Come Away With ESG
49. Paul Simon – Graceland
48. Slick Rick – The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
47. U2 – The Joshua Tree
46. Dinosaur Jr. – You’re Living All Over Me
45. Fugazi – Fugazi
44. Sinéad O’Connor – The Lion and the Cobra
43. The Smiths – Hatful of Hollow
42. Tom Waits – Rain Dogs
41. Bad Brains – Bad Brains
40. The Jesus and Mary Chain – Psychocandy
39. R.E.M. – Murmur
38. Run D.M.C. – Raising Hell
37. Sade – Stronger than Pride
36. Black Flag – Damaged
35. The Replacements – Let It Be
34. Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man
33. Prince – Dirty Mind
32. Pixies – Surfer Rosa
31. Slayer – Reign In Blood
30. Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation 1814
29. Erik B. and Rakim – Follow the Leader
28. Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska
27. Cocteau Twins – Treasure
26. Prince – 1999
25. Arthur Russell – World of Echo
24. Talk Talk – Spirit of Eden
23. Minor Threat – Complete Discography
22. Laurie Anderson – Big Science
21. De La Soul – 3 Feet High and Rising
20. Boogie Down Productions – Criminal Minds
19. New Order – Power, Corruption & Lies
18. Kraftwerk – Computer World
17. Prince – Sign o’ the Times
16. Madonna – Madonna
15. Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique
14. Pixies – Doolittle
13. The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead
12. Joy Division – Closer
11. Eric B. & Rakim – Paid in Full
10. Sade – Diamond Life
9. The Cure – Disintegration
8. Janet Jackson – Control
7. Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation
6. Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
5. Talking Heads – Remain In Light
4. Kate Bush – Hounds of Love
3. N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton
2. Michael Jackson – Thriller
1. Prince and the Revolution – Purple Rain