Best of 1982

Our year-long Best of the ’80s feature continues this month as we turn to 1982, and once again ask Slicing Up Eyeballs’ readers to weigh in on their favorite albums of that year in our ongoing quest to rank the releases of each year of the decade over the course of 2013, concluding, come December, with a poll to determine the best of the ’80s.

It’s a simple process: We’ve assembled a list of 175 albums released in 1982, and you’re welcome to vote for up to 10 of them — or write in any title(s) you wish that we didn’t include.

A few notes and reminders on how this works:

  • The albums that made the ballot are those that fall within the very loose and ill-defined “alternative” banner, generally titles from the punk, post-punk, goth, college rock, indie, industrial, New Wave and related genres. Some people no doubt will express outrage that, say, Thriller and Nebraska aren’t on this list. That’s the point. But you’re certainly free to write ’em in.
  • Speaking of write-ins, you may list multiple albums in the box at the end of the poll, but, please, limit your total votes to 10 (honor system, here).
  • As has been the case with the first two polls in this series, this is a ranking of studio albums. So no EPs (sorry, Chronic Town), live albums or compilations.

Voting will be open through 5 p.m. EDT April 26, and results will be posted on or after May 1 — after which we’ll launch the 1983 poll and take it from there. Sound good? Then vote away. And feel free to discuss/list/explain/lobby for your picks in the comments section below.

And if you missed it, here are the Top 100 albums of 1980 and the Top 100 albums of 1981 — as voted by Slicing Up Eyeballs readers.




NOTE: If this app isn’t letting you vote, you may also do so directly on the Polldaddy site.