I Love the Eighties: My Top 40 Albums


Whew! Man, have the past six or so days been crazy! My step-father had hip replacement surgery, so with Mom being incapacitated with her condition, that left me to be his “coach.” And, what they mean by “coach” is that I am in charge of his diet, meds and exercises, meaning insurance no longer covers the eldery’s rehabilitation under the guise of “research says…” So, why is it that I am so cynical when it comes to healthcare? Well, I worked in hospital labs during my first eight years after college. Plus, I was once told by an arrogant insurance man back in the mid-Eighties that insurance companies would and should be taking over healthcare because costs were becoming too high. Since I had a healthcare economics class just in the months leading up to this conversation, I felt ready to tell the man that I hoped he would NEVER have an insurance company refuse to cover treatments. Ironically, within a decade, that is exactly what happened to this man’s family, forcing them to do several fundraisers in order to pay for treatments for his grandchild. But, us Americans just totally believe that the volatile stock market is the best way to control costs, though the reality is those very costs have exponentially skyrockets since the Eighties when this very belief was implemented. It’s simple math, but what do I know.

Well, I do know music, especially music from arguably the greatest decade, the 1980s. Over the course of the next two weeks, I will be presenting my 40 favorite albums for each year from 1980 through 1989. Today, allow me the honor to present my Top 40 albums for the great year 1980.

1980 just happened to be a pretty strong year for quality albums. It was such a good year that good albums by the likes of Van Halen, Split Enz, Pat Benatar, Cheap Trick, Jackson Browne, The Cure, The English Beat, John Cougar and Bob Seger. Yet, the albums on this list are of the highest quality, so let’s get this party started. On with the countdown!

5.15 talking heads - remain in light no.1

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  1. Talking Heads – Remain in Light
  2. Peter Gabriel – Peter Gabriel (III: Melting)
  3. AC/DC – Back in Black
  4. David Bowie – Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
  5. The Police – Zenyatta Mondatta
  6. Bruce Springsteen – The River
  7. Daryl Hall & John Oates – Voices
  8. Prince – Dirty Mind
  9. Daryl Hall – Sacred Songs
  10. Queen – The Game
  11. The Jam – Sound Affects
  12. The J. Geils Band – Love Stinks
  13. The Romantics – The Romantics
  14. Pretenders – Pretenders
  15. Elvis Costello & the Attractions – Get Happy!!!
  16. Dexys Midnight Runners – Searching for the Young Soul Rebels
  17. Various Artists – Times Square OST
  18. Judas Priest – British Steel
  19. Rush – Permanent Waves
  20. The Clash – Sandinista!
  21. The Vapors – New Clear Day
  22. Donnie Iris – Back on the Streets
  23. Ramones – End of the Century
  24. The Jacksons – Triumph
  25. Dire Straits – Making Movies
  26. The Cars – Panorama
  27. John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Double Fantasy
  28. Billy Joel – Glass Houses
  29. The B-52’s – Wild Planet
  30. Blondie – Autoamerican
  31. Ozzy Osbourne – Blizzard of Ozz
  32. Stevie Wonder – Hotter Than July
  33. Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
  34. The Alan Parsons Project – The Turn of a Friendly Card
  35. Devo – Freedom of Choice
  36. Joy Division – Closer
  37. Kurtis Blow – Kurtis Blow
  38. REO Speedwagon – Hi Infidelity
  39. Paul Simon – One Trick Pony
  40. Squeeze – Argybargy

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And, there you have it! My Top 40 albums of 1980. Let the discussion begin!

Author: ifmyalbumscouldtalk

I am just a long-time music fan who used to be a high school science teacher and a varsity coach of several high school athletic teams. Before that, I worked as a medical technologist at three hospitals in their labs, mainly as a microbiologist. I am retired/disabled (Failed Back Surgery Syndrome), and this is my attempt to remain a human. Additionally, I am a serious vinyl aficionado, with a CD addiction and a love of reading about rock history. Finally, I am a fan of Prince, Cheap Trick, Tom Petty, R.E.M., Hall & Oates, Springsteen, Paul Weller & his bands and Power Pop music.

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