Best of 1983

It’s the first Monday of the month, which means it’s time to unveil the results of Part 4 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 wrapped up at the end of 2013, we’ll run a monster best-of-the-decade poll to crown the overall champs.

For the 1983 poll, we received nearly 32,000 votes naming more than 260 different albums — including once again, as write-ins, a good number of records that were not actually released in 1983 (we’re looking at you, person who voted for Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me).

With each of the top seven albums receiving more than 1,000 votes apiece this time around, we narrowly averted — for the second straight month — another Top 10 tie, this time as Tears For Fears’ The Hurting edged out Violent Femmes by a single vote to claim the No. 4 spot on the countdown.

More surprising to some, though, will be New Order’s Power, Corruption & Lies taking the coveted No. 1 spot over R.E.M.’s genre-defining Murmur. With nearly 3,600 total votes cast for the two albums combined, New Order came out on top by a 135-vote margin.

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 1984 poll, which will launch Friday.

PAST RESULTS: Top 100 Albums of 1980, Top 100 Albums of 1981, Top 100 Albums of 1982

 

SLICING UP EYEBALLS READERS POLL: TOP 100 ALBUMS OF 1983

 

New Order, 'Power, Corruption & Lies'

1. New Order, Power, Corruption & Lies

BACKSTORY: For their second album, New Order turned to an increasingly electronic-based sound, employing more synthesizers than on their debut, Movement, for a more dance-friendly collection.
SINGLES: None
BAND: Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert
PRODUCER: New Order
BUY IT: Amazon.com (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)

 

 

R.E.M., 'Murmur'

2. R.E.M., Murmur

BACKSTORY: R.E.M.’s iconic debut album, released by IRS Records, became the mumbling backbone of the American independent rock and college radio movements taking root in the early ’80s.
SINGLES: “Radio Free Europe,” “Talk About the Passion”
BAND: Bill Berry, Peter Buck Mike Mills, Michael Stipe
PRODUCER: Don Dixon and Mitch Easter
BUY IT: Amazon.com (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)

 

 

U2, 'War'

3. U2, War

BACKSTORY: On the band’s third album and commercial breakthrough, U2 went noticeably political, with a harder rock sound to accompany its more strident and impassioned messages.
SINGLES: “New Year’s Day,” “Two Hearts Beat As One,” “Sunday Bloody Sunday”
BAND: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr.
PRODUCER: Steve Lillywhite
BUY IT: Amazon.com (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)

 

 

Tears For Fears, 'The Hurting'

4. Tears For Fears, The Hurting

BACKSTORY: The debut from Tears For Fears spawned three Top 5 singles in the U.K. despite dealing with heavy emotional topics and primal scream therapy — which is where the band got its name.
SINGLES: “Suffer the Children,” “Pale Shelter,” “Mad World,” “Change”
BAND: Roland Orzabal, Curt Smith, Ian Stanley, Manny Elias
PRODUCER: Chris Huges, Ross Cullum
BUY IT: Amazon.com (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)

 

 

Violent Femmes, 'Violent Femmes'

5. Violent Femmes, Violent Femmes

BACKSTORY: The Violent Femmes’ debut, a college dorm staple for three decades now, famously went gold four years after its release without ever cracking the Billboard Top 200 album chart.
SINGLES: “Gone Daddy Gone”
BAND: Gordon Gano, Brian Ritchie, Victor DeLorenzo
PRODUCER: Mark Van Hecke
BUY IT: Amazon.com (CD, digital), iTunes (Digital)

 

 

The Police, 'Synchronicity'

6. The Police, Synchronicity

BACKSTORY: The fifth and final album from the Police was a commercial monster, and found the band further moving from its reggae-inspired roots to rely on synths and other modern production techniques.
SINGLES: “Every Breath You Take,” “Wrapped Around Your Fingers,” “Synchronicity II,” “King of Pain”
BAND: Sting, Andy Summers, Stewart Copeland
PRODUCER: The Police and Hugh Padgham
BUY IT: Amazon.com (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)

 

 

Depeche Mode, 'Construction Time Again'

7. Depeche Mode, Construction Time Again

BACKSTORY: Depeche Mode’s third album is the first to feature Alan Wilder, and finds the group beginning to incorporate found sounds and other flourishes inspired by industrial music.
SINGLES: “Everything Counts,” “Love, In Itself”
BAND: Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Alan Wilder, Andy Fletcher
PRODUCER: Depeche Mode and Daniel Miller
BUY IT: Amazon.com (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)

 

 

Echo & The Bunnymen, 'Porcupine'

8. Echo & The Bunnymen, Porcupine

BACKSTORY: The Bunnymen’s third album, produced by future Lightning Seed Ian Broudie, initially was rejected as too uncommercial. It eventually spawned the band’s first Top 10 hit (“The Cutter”).
SINGLES: “The Back of Love,” “The Cutter”
BAND: Ian McCulloch, Will Sergeant, Les Pattinson, Pete de Freitas
PRODUCER: Ian Broudie
BUY IT: Amazon.com (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)

 

 

Talking Heads, 'Speaking in Tongues'

9. Talking Heads, Speaking in Tongues

BACKSTORY: The Talking Heads’ fifth album was the band’s commercial breakthrough, spawning its only U.S. Top 10 hit (“Burning Down the House”) and the tour captured in “Stop Making Sense.”
SINGLES: “Burning Down the House,” “Naive Melody (This Must Be the Place)”
BAND: David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth
PRODUCER: Talking Heads
BUY IT: Amazon.com (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)

 

 

David Bowie, 'Let's Dance'

10. David Bowie, Let’s Dance

BACKSTORY: Co-produced by Nile Rodgers, the 15th studio album from David Bowie generated a trio of hit singles, and spotlighted a rising young guitar ace named Stevie Ray Vaughan.
SINGLES: “Let’s Dance,” “China Girl,” “Modern Love,” “Without You”
BAND: David Bowie, Steve Ray Vaughan, Nile Rodgers, Carmine Rojas, Tony Thompson, Rob Sabino
PRODUCER: David Bowie and Nile Rodgers
BUY IT: Amazon.com (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)

 

 

11. Duran Duran, Seven and the Ragged Tiger
12. The The, Soul Mining
13. Bauhaus, Burning from the Inside
14. Cocteau Twins, Head over Heels
15. Billy Idol, Rebel Yell
16. Eurythmics, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
17. Big Country, The Crossing
18. The Fixx, Reach the Beach
19. The Replacements, Hootenanny
20. Hüsker Dü, Everything Falls Apart

 

The Chameleons

21. The Chameleons, Script of the Bridge
22. Yazoo, You and Me Both
23. The Glove, Blue Sunshine
24. Ministry, With Sympathy
25. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Dazzle Ships
26. Tom Waits, Swordfishtrombones
27. The B-52′s, Whammy!
28. Aztec Camera, High Land, Hard Rain
29. Men at Work, Cargo
30. XTC, Mummer

 

x

31. X, More Fun in the New World
32. The Waterboys, The Waterboys
33. Minor Threat, Out of Step
34. Sonic Youth, Confusion Is Sex
35. Heaven 17, The Luxury Gap
36. Spandau Ballet, True
37. Suicidal Tendencies, Suicidal Tendencies
38. The Church, Seance
39. Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Punch the Clock
40. Oingo Boingo, Good for Your Soul

 

billy bragg

41. Billy Bragg, Life’s a Riot with Spy Vs Spy
42. Eurythmics, Touch
43. Social Distortion, Mommy’s Little Monster
44. UB40, Labour of Love
45. A Flock of Seagulls, Listen
46. Adam Ant, Strip (TIE)
46. Thompson Twins, Quick Step and Side Kick (TIE)
48. Minutemen, What Makes a Man Start Fires?
49. Soft Cell, The Art of Falling Apart
50. Killing Joke, Fire Dances

 

the creatures

51. The Creatures, Feast
52. The Plimsouls, Everywhere at Once
53. Bad Brains, Rock For Light
54. The Fall, Perverted by Language
55. Cabaret Voltaire, The Crackdown (TIE)
55. Ramones, Subterranean Jungle (TIE)
57. Brian Eno, Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks
58. The Go-Betweens, Before Hollywood
59. Gene Loves Jezebel, Promise
60. Misfits, Earth A.D./Wolfs Blood

 

china crisis

61. China Crisis, Working with Fire and Steel —€“ Possible Pop Songs Volume Two
62. The Stranglers, Feline
63. Stray Cats, Rant N’ Rave with the Stray Cats
64. Einstürzende Neubauten, Zeichnungen des Patienten O.T.
65. Circle Jerks, Golden Shower of Hits
66. ABC, Beauty Stab
67. Rain Parade, Emergency Third Rail Power Trip
68. Gang of Four, Hard (TIE)
68. Swans, Filth (TIE)
68. Yello, You Gotta Say Yes to Another Excess (TIE)

 

pylon

71. Pylon, Chomp
72. Xmal Deutschland, Fetisch (TIE)
72. Marshall Crenshaw, Field Day (TIE)
74. Naked Eyes, Burning Bridges (aka Naked Eyes in North America)
75. Jonathan Richman, Jonathan Sings!
76. Split Enz, Conflicting Emotions (TIE)
76. Fun Boy Three, Waiting (TIE)
78. The Danse Society, Heaven Is Waiting
79. The Three O’Clock, Sixteen Tambourines (TIE)
79. Wipers, Over the Edge (TIE)

 

lords of the new church

81. The Lords of the New Church, Is Nothing Sacred?
82. Bow Wow Wow, When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going
83. Wang Chung, Points on the Curve
84. Wire Train, In a Chamber
85. Daniel Johnston, Hi, How Are You
86. Gary Numan, Warriors
87. The Golden Palominos, The Golden Palominos
88. Marc and the Mambas, Torment and Toreros (TIE)
88. 10,000 Maniacs, Secrets of the I Ching (TIE)
90. Altered Images, Bite

 

Alien Sex Fiend

91. Alien Sex Fiend, Who’s Been Sleeping in My Brain
92. Durutti Column, Another Setting (TIE)
92. Kajagoogoo, White Feathers (TIE)
94. Shriekback, Care
95. Divinyls, Desperate
96. Pulp, It (TIE)
96. Malcolm McLaren, Duck Rock (TIE)
98. Sparks, In Outer Space (TIE)
98. The Comsat Angels, Land (TIE)
100. Freur, Doot-Doot

 

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