Best of 1987

We’re a bit late this month, but our year-long Best of the ’80s poll continues as we hit 1987, and once again ask Slicing Up Eyeballs’ readers to vote for their favorite albums of that year in our mission to rank the releases of each year of the decade throughout 2013, concluding, come December, with a poll to determine the absolute best records of the entire 1980s.

VOTING: It’s a simple process. Below, we’ve assembled a list of more than 230 albums released in 1987, 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 generally limited to those that fall under 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. This time around, due to popular demand, we’ve broadened the selection a bit to include some key albums from outside the genre (including one by a certain purple gentleman). And, of course, you’re still free to write in any album released in 1987 that you want. Including Hysteria, if that’s your thing.
  • 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 all of the polls in this series, this is a ranking of studio albums. So no EPs (sadly, that means no Come On Pilgrim), live albums (including Jane’s Addiction) or compilations (that means you, Substance and Louder Than Bombs). We’ll run additional polls to determine the best EPs, comps and/or live albums of the ’80s when this series is done at the end of 2013.
  • And, finally, it’s worth noting that we’re not penalizing bands for getting popular. That’s why you’ll see The Joshua Tree and Kick on the ballot. Yes, those albums made U2 and INXS superstars, but we’re not dropping bands that have appeared throughout these polls just because they sold some records.

DEADLINE: Voting will be open through 5 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 27, and results will be posted at the beginning of October — after which we’ll launch the 1988 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.

PAST RESULTS: Finally, if you missed any of the previous results, here are the Top 100 albums of 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1986 — as voted by Slicing Up Eyeballs’ readers.




NOTE: If this app isn’t letting you vote, you also may vote directly via Polldaddy: 4ec6c.