Sicing Up Eyeballs Top 100 Albums of 1980

Today we unveil the results of Part 1 of our year-long Best of the ’80s feature, an ambitious,  year-by-year poll of Slicing Up Eyeballs’ readers to determine just what were the best albums of each year of the 1980s — and then, when that’s all said and done at the end of 2013, we’ll run a monster best-of-the-decade poll to hash out the overall champs.

For the 1980 poll, we logged votes from 3,360 of you, with the top 2 vote-getters each receiving more than 1,000 votes apiece. We had a few hitches with this first poll — hence the delay in publishing results — but we’ve learned from it and will do things a bit differently when we launch the Best of 1981 poll next week.

So thank you all for voting and sharing your thoughts. Take a look at the Top 100 list below — and feel free to offer your own take on the results, good or bad, in the comments below.

UPDATE: Voting is now open in our Best of 1981 poll.




Joy Division, 'Closer'

1. Joy Division, Closer

BACKSTORY: The second and final Joy Division studio album, released two months to the day after the suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis. The band recruited Gillian Gilbert and continued on as New Order.
BAND: Ian Curtis, Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris
PRODUCER: Martin Hannett
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



The Cure, 'Seventeen Seconds'

2. The Cure, Seventeen Seconds

BACKSTORY: Robert Smith took The Cure into darker territory for the band’s second album — a record that marks the introduction of bassist Simon Gallup, still Smith’s longest-running sideman.
SINGLES: “A Forest”
BAND: Robert Smith, Matthieu Hartley, Lol Tolhurst, Simon Gallup
PRODUCER: Robert Smith and Mike Hedges
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



Talking Heads, 'Remain in Light'

3. Talking Heads, Remain in Light

BACKSTORY: Aided by producer Brian Eno, the Talking Heads’ fourth album found the band experimenting with African polyrhythms, loops and samples, and additional musicians such as Adrian Belew.
SINGLES: “Crosseyed and Painless,” “Once in a Lifetime,” “Houses in Motion”
BAND: David Byrne, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



U2, 'Boy'

4. U2, Boy

BACKSTORY: The debut from U2, featuring the band’s first U.K. hit single, “I Will Follow,” and two of the three songs from its debut EP. The cover art was changed in the U.S. over pedophilia concerns.
SINGLES: “A Day Without Me,” “I Will Follow”
BAND: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr.
PRODUCER: Steve Lillywhite
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



Echo & The Bunnymen, 'Crocodiles'

5. Echo & The Bunnymen, Crocodiles

BACKSTORY: The debut from the Bunnymen found Ian McCulloch and Co. replacing their original drummer — a drum machine named Echo — with the real thing, for a dark, moody introduction to the band.
SINGLES: “Pictures On My Wall,” “Rescue”
BAND: Ian McCulloch, Will Sergeant, Les Pattinson, Pete de Freitas
PRODUCER: The Chameleons and Ian Broudie
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



David Bowie, 'Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)'

6. David Bowie, Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)

BACKSTORY: For his 14th album, and the follow-up to the so-called Berlin trilogy, David Bowie re-established his pop credentials, entering the ’80s with hits such as “Ashes to Ashes” and “Fashion.”
SINGLES: “Ashes to Ashes,” “Fashion,” “Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps),” “Up the Hill Backwards”
BAND: David Bowie, Dennis Davis, George Murray, Carlos Alomar
PRODUCER: David Bowie and Tony Visconti
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



Bauhaus, 'In the Flat Field'

7. Bauhaus, In the Flat Field

BACKSTORY: The debut from Bauhaus, a goth-rock landmark, if not the very creation of the genre, finds the band in peak form, with classics such as “Double Dare,” “God in an Alcove” and “Stigmata Martyr.”
BAND: Peter Murphy, Daniel Ash, David J, Kevin Haskins
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



The Clash, 'Sandanista!'

8. The Clash, Sandinista!

BACKSTORY: For their fourth album, The Clash followed up 1979’s double London Calling with a massive, 36-song triple album featuring a dizzying hodgepodge of genres including dub, rockabilly and even rap.
SINGLES: “The Call-Up,” “Hitsville UK,” “The Magnificent Seven”
BAND: Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Topper Headon
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



Siouxsie and the Banshees, 'Kaleidoscope'

9. Siouxsie and the Banshees, Kaleidoscope 

BACKSTORY: The third Banshees’ album saw the debut of former Magazine and Visage guitarist John McGeoch and drummer Budgie, who would later marry Siouxsie Sioux and join her in The Creatures.
SINGLES: “Happy House,” “Christine”
BAND: Siouxsie Sioux, Steven Severin, Budgie, John McGeoch
PRODUCER: Siouxsie and the Banshees and Nigel Gray
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



Pretenders, 'Pretenders'

10. Pretenders, Pretenders

BACKSTORY: The first album from Chrissie Hynde and Co. featured debut single “Stop Your Sobbing,” produced by Nick Lowe, who famously turned down the chance to work on the full record.
SINGLES: “Stop Your Sobbing,” “Kid,” “Brass in Pocket”
BAND: Chrissie Hynde, Martin Chambers, James Honeyman-Scott, Pete Farndon
PRODUCER: Chris Thomas
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)


11. The Police, Zenyattà Mondatta
12. X, Los Angeles
13. Peter Gabriel, Peter Gabriel (aka ‘Melt’)
14. Devo, Freedom of Choice
15. Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Get Happy!!
16. The Psychedelic Furs, The Psychedelic Furs
17. The B-52s, Wild Planet
18. Dead Kennedys, Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
19. The Jam, Sound Affects
20. XTC, Black Sea


Adam and the Ants

21. Adam and the Ants, Kings of the Wild Frontier
22. The Beat, I Just Can’t Stop It
23. Ultravox, Vienna
25. Killing Joke, Killing Joke
26. The Feelies, Crazy Rhythms
27. OMD, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
28. Squeeze, Argybargy
29. Kate Bush, Never For Ever
30. Ramones, End of the Century


The Cramps

31. The Cramps, Songs the Lord Taught Us
32. Japan, Gentlemen Take Polaroids
33. Oingo Boingo, Oingo Boingo
34. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Organisation (TIE)
34. Roxy Music, Flesh and Blood (TIE)
36. Simple Minds, Empires and Dance
37. The Soft Boys, Underwater Moonlight
38. Split Enz, True Colours
39. Magazine, The Correct Use of Soap (TIE)
39. Gary Numan, Telekon (TIE)


Young Marble Giants

41. Young Marble Giants, Colossal Youth
42. Dexys Midnight Runners, Searching for the Young Soul Rebels
43. The Teardrop Explodes, Kilimanjaro (TIE)
43. Blondie, Autoamerican (TIE)
45. The Specials, More Specials
46. The Birthday Party, The Birthday Party (TIE)
46. The Cars, Panorama (TIE)
48. The Damned, The Black Album
49. The Human League, Travelogue (TIE)
49. The Sound, Jeopardy (TIE)


John Foxx

51. John Foxx, Metamatic
52. Visage, Visage
53. The Fall, Grotesque (After the Gramme)
54. Madness, Absolutely
55. Cabaret Voltaire, The Voice of America
56. Pylon, Gyrate
57. Buggles, The Age of Plastic (TIE)
57. Circle Jerks, Group Sex (TIE)
59. Minutemen, Paranoid Time
60. Joe Jackson, Beat Crazy



61. Wipers, Is This Real?
62. The Comsat Angels, Waiting For a Miracle
63. Suicide, Suicide (aka ‘The Second Album’)
64. The Associates, The Affectionate Punch
65. Harold Budd/Brian Eno, Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror (TIE)
65. Stiff Little Fingers, Nobody’s Heroes (TIE)
67. Fad Gadget, Fireside Favourites
68. Jim Carroll, Catholic Boy
69. The Selecter, Too Much Pressure
70. Midnight Oil, Bird Noises


The Undertones

71. The Undertones, Hypnotised (TIE)
71. Flowers, Icehouse (TIE)
71. Tuxedomoon, Half-Mute (TIE)
74. Rockpile, Seconds of Pleasure
75. Lou Reed, Growing Up in Public
76. Iggy Pop, Soldier
77. Colin Newman, A-Z
78. Bow Wow Wow, Your Cassette Pet (TIE)
78. Prince, Dirty Mind (TIE)
80. Pop Group, For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder?


The Skids

81. Skids, The Absolute Game
82. Plasmatics, New Hope for the Wretched
83. Ian Dury & The Blockheads, Laughter
84. Pete Townshend, Empty Glass
85. Half Japanese, Half Gentlemen/Not Beasts
86. Poly Styrene, Translucence
87. Swell Maps, Jane From Occupied Europe (TIE)
87. Residents, Commercial Album (TIE)
89. Chrome, Red Exposure
90. Television Personalities, …And Don’t The Kids Just Love It



91. Yello, Solid Pleasure
92. Toyah, Sheep Farming in Barnet
93. Bad Manners, Ska ‘n’ B (TIE)
93. Lydia Lunch, Queen of Siam (TIE)
93. Alice Cooper, Flush the Fashion (TIE)
96. Klaus Schulze, Dig It
97. Motorhead, Ace of Spades
98. Rolling Stones, Emotional Rescue (TIE)
98. Any Trouble, Where Are All the Nice Girls? (TIE)
100. Cheap Trick, All Shook Up







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