Our year-long Best of the ’80s feature continues this month as we hit 1984, and once again ask Slicing Up Eyeballs’ readers to vote for their favorite albums of that year in our ongoing mission to rank the releases of each year of the decade throughout 2013, concluding, come December, with a poll to determine the best records of the entire 1980s.

VOTING: It’s a simple process. We’ve assembled a list of 180 albums released in 1984, 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:

  • Given the theme of this website, the albums that made the ballot are limited to those that fall within the very loose and ill-defined “alternative” banner, generally titles from the punk, post-punk, goth, college rock, indie, synthpop, industrial, New Wave and related genres — and that’s why you won’t find, say, Born in the USA, Purple Rain or Like a Virgin on the ’84 ballot. Yet if there are albums missing you want to vote for — those included — certainly feel free to write them 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. If you run out of room, e-mail
  • As has been the case with the first four polls in this series, this is a ranking of studio albums. So no EPs (such as Skinny Puppy’s Remission), live albums (sorry, Stop Making Sense) or compilations (and that includes Hatful of Hollow). If there’s enough interest, we’ll run an additional poll to determine the best EPs of the ’80s when this series is done at the end of 2013.

DEADLINE: Voting will be open through 5 p.m. EDT June 28, and results will be posted at the beginning of July — after which we’ll launch the 1985 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.

Finally, if you missed it, here are the Top 100 albums of 1980, the Top 100 albums of 1981, the Top 100 albums of 1982 and the Top 100 albums of 1983 — as voted by Slicing Up Eyeballs’ readers.




NOTE: If this app isn’t letting you vote, you also may vote directly via Polldaddy: