Best of 1982

It’s the first of the month, which means it’s time to unveil the results of Part 3 of our year-long Best of the ’80s feature, a year-by-year poll of Slicing Up Eyeballs’ readers to determine 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 crown the overall champs.

For the 1982 poll, we received more than 32,000 total votes naming more than 250 different albums (including, as write-ins, a number of records that were not actually released in 1982). We narrowly averted another Top 10 tie, with The Clash’s Combat Rock edging out Roxy Music’s Avalon for the No. 4 spot by a single vote after nearly 2,000 votes were cast for the two albums combined.

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.

And stay tuned for the Best of 1983 poll, which will launch next week.

PAST RESULTS: Top 100 Albums of 1980, Top 100 Albums of 1981




Duran Duran, 'Rio'

1. Duran Duran, Rio

BACKSTORY: The second album from Duran Duran made the U.K. band genre-defining superstars around the world on the backs of its trio of hit singles and now-classic music videos.
SINGLES: “My Own Way,” “Hungry Like the Wolf,” “Save a Prayer,” “Rio”
BAND: Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Roger Taylor, Andy Taylor
PRODUCER: Colin Thurston
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



The Cure, 'Pornogrpahy'

2. The Cure, Pornography

BACKSTORY: The fourth album from Robert Smith and Co. ends the band’s early dark phase, and later would be declared part of a trilogy with 1989’s Disintegration and 2000’s Bloodflowers.
SINGLES: “The Hanging Garden”
BAND: Robert Smith, Simon Gallup, Lol Tolhurst
PRODUCER: Phil Thornalley and The Cure
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



Depeche Mode, 'A Broken Frame'

3. Depeche Mode, A Broken Frame

BACKSTORY: Depeche Mode’s second album finds the band working as a trio following the departure of co-founder Vince Clarke and prior to Alan Wilder becoming a full member.
SINGLES: “See You,” “The Meaning of Love,” “Leave in Silence”
BAND: Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher
PRODUCER: Depeche Mode and Daniel Miller
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



The Clash, 'Combat Rock'

4. The Clash, Combat Rock

BACKSTORY: The Clash’s fifth album, originally envisioned as a double LP called Rat Patrol From Fort Bragg, would be the last to feature Mick Jones, who was later fired from the band.
SINGLES: “Know Your Rights,” “Should I Stay Or Should I Go,” “Rock the Casbah,” “Straight to Hell”
BAND: Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Topper Headon
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



Roxy Music, 'Avalon'

5. Roxy Music, Avalon

BACKSTORY: The eighth and final album from Bryan Ferry and Co., a No. 1 hit in the U.K., shows the band’s full transformation from glammy art-rock to smooth, pop-oriented New Wave.
SINGLES: “More Than This,” “Avalon,” “Take A Chance With Me”
BAND: Bryan Ferry, Andy Mackay, Phil Manzanera, Neil Hubbard, Alan Spenner, Andy Newmark
PRODUCER: Rhett Davies and Roxy Music
BUY IT: (CD, digital), iTunes (Digital)



Yazoo, 'Upstairs at Eric's'

6. Yazoo, Upstairs at Eric’s

BACKSTORY: The synthpop debut from Vince Clarke’s post-Depeche Mode project — which was known as Yaz in the U.S. — features the impressive vocal talents of one Alison Moyet
SINGLES: “Only You,” “Don’t Go,” “Situation”
BAND: Vince Clarke, Alison Moyet
PRODUCER: E.C. Radcliffe, Yazoo
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



INXS, 'Shabooh Shoobah'

7. INXS, Shabooh Shoobah

BACKSTORY: The Aussie rockers’ third studio album proved to be a commercial breakthrough, earning the band’s first global record release and cracking the Billboard charts in the U.S.
SINGLES: “The One Thing,” “Don’t Change,” “To Look at You,” “Black and White”
BAND: Michael Hutchence, Andrew Farriss, Jon Farriss, Tim Farriss, Garry Gary Beers, Kirk Pengilly
PRODUCER: Mark Opitz
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



Simple Minds, 'New Gold Dream'

8. Simple Minds, New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84)

BACKSTORY: The fifth album from Simple Minds was a commercial turning point for the band, spawning classic singles and earning recognition by many fans as the group’s best work.
SINGLES: “Promised You a Miracle,” “Glittering Prize,” “Someone, Somewhere in Summertime”
BAND: Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Michael MacNeil, Derek Forbes
PRODUCER: Peter Walsh
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



ABC, 'The Lexicon of Love'

9. ABC, The Lexicon of Love

BACKSTORY: The debut from the Martin Fry-led act is considered by many to be a synthpop classic, topping the charts in the U.K. and spinning off hit singles both in the U.K. and the U.S.
SINGLES: “Tears Are Not Enough,” “Poison Arrow,” “The Look of Love,” “All My Heart”
BAND: Martin Fry, David Palmer, Stephen Singleton, Mark White
PRODUCER: Trevor Horn
BUY IT: (CD, digital), iTunes (Digital)



Siouxsie and the Banshees, 'A Kiss in the Dreamhouse'

10. Siouxsie and the Banshees, A Kiss in the Dreamhouse

BACKSTORY: The fifth studio album from Siouxsie and the Banshees is the last to feature guitarist John McGeoch, and found the band broadening its sound with strings and other instrumentation.
SINGLES: “Slowdive,” “Melt!”
BAND: Siouxsie Soiux, Steven Severin, John McGeoch, Budgie
PRODUCER: Siouxsie and the Banshees
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



11. Kate Bush, The Dreaming
12. Bauhaus, The Sky’s Gone Out
13. The Psychedelic Furs, Forever Now
14. Cocteau Twins, Garlands
15. XTC, English Settlement
16. Peter Gabriel, Peter Gabriel (aka ‘Security’)
17. The Beat, Special Beat Service
18. Billy Idol, Billy Idol
19. Thomas Dolby, The Golden Age of Wireless
20. Adam Ant, Friend or Foe


The Go-Go's, 'Vacation'

21. The Go-Go’s, Vacation
22. Talk Talk, The Party’s Over
23. Elvis Costello and The Attractions, Imperial Bedroom
24. Joe Jackson, Night and Day
25. Berlin, Pleasure Victim
26. The Jam, The Gift
27. Devo, Oh, No! It’s Devo
28. X, Under the Big Black Sun
29. A Flock of Seagulls, A Flock of Seagulls
30. Modern English, After the Snow


Ultravox, 'Quartet'

31. Ultravox, Quartet
32. Dead Kennedys, Plastic Surgery Disasters
33. Oingo Boingo, Nothing to Fear
34. Midnight Oil, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
35. The Fixx, Shuttered Room
36. Stray Cats, Built for Speed
37. The Church, The Blurred Crusade
38. Front 242, Geography
39. Bad Brains, Bad Brains
40. Misfits, Walk Among Us


The Birthday Party, 'Junkyard'

41. The Birthday Party, Junkyard
42. Laurie Anderson, Big Science
43. Missing Persons, Spring Session M
44. Madness, The Rise & Fall
45. Split Enz, Time and Tide
46. Haircut One Hundred, Pelican West
47. Dexys Midnight Runners, Too-Rye-Ay (TIE)
47. Spandau Ballet, Diamond (TIE)
49. Squeeze, Sweets from a Stranger
50. Mission of Burma, Vs.


The Fall, 'Hex Enduction Hour'

51. The Fall, Hex Enduction Hour
52. Marshall Crenshaw, Marshall Crenshaw
53. Descendants, Milo Goes to College
54. Thompson Twins, Set
55. Christian Death, Only Theatre of Pain
56. Wall of Voodoo, Call of the West
57. Icehouse, Primitive Man
58. Men Without Hats, Rhythm of Youth
59. Killing Joke, Revelations (TIE)
59. Blondie, The Hunter (TIE)


The Dream Syndicate, 'The Days of Wine and Roses'

61. The Dream Syndicate, The Days of Wine and Roses
62. Associates, Sulk
63. Gary Numan, I, Assassin
64. Blancmange, Happy Families
65. Gang of Four, Songs of the Free (TIE)
65. Visage, The Anvil (TIE)
67. The Lords of the New Church, The Lords of the New Church
68. Brian Eno, Ambient 4: On Land
69. Lou Reed, The Blue Mask
70. Fun Boy Three, Fun Boy Three


Orange Juice, 'Rip It Up'

71. Orange Juice, Rip It Up
72. Sparks, Angst in My Pants (TIE)
72. Scritti Politti, Songs to Remember (TIE)
74. Virgin Prunes, …If I Die, I Die
75. The Damned, Strawberries
76. The dB’s, Repercussion
77. Circle Jerks, Wild in the Streets
77. The Go-Betweens, Send Me a Lullaby (TIE)
79. Fad Gadget, Under the Flag (TIE)
80. The Gun Club, Miami


Fear, 'The Record'

81. Fear, The Record (TIE)
81. Meat Puppets, Meat Puppets (TIE)
83. Kim Wilde, Select
84. Cabaret Voltaire, 2×45
85. China Crisis, Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms, Some People Think It’s Fun to Entertain (TIE)
85. Grace Jones, Living My Life (TIE)
87. UB40, UB44
88. Flipper, Album -“ Generic Flipper
89. Altered Images, Pinky Blue
90. Hunters & Collectors, Hunters & Collectors


Iggy Pop, 'Zombie Birdhouse'

91. Iggy Pop, Zombie Birdhouse
92. Orange Juice, You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever
93. Robyn Hitchcock, Groovy Decay
94. The Sound, All Fall Down (TIE)
94. The Motels, All Four One (TIE)
96. Waren Zevon, The Envoy (TIE)
96. The Comsat Angels, Fiction (TIE)
98. Bad Religion, How Could Hell Be Any Worse?
99. Klaus Nomi, Simple Man
100. Toyah, The Changeling