Best of 1987

We’re not quite into October yet, but we’re going to ahead and unveil the results of Part 8 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, at the end of 2013, we’ll run a colossal best-of-the-decade poll to crown the overall kings of the ’80s.

For the second straight poll, the 1987 survey brought in more than 50,000 total votes, with more than 300 different albums earning votes, both via the pre-selected ballot and write-ins.

As you can see from the Top 10, 1987 was a pivotal, break-out year for ’80s alternative artists, with many act releasing the albums that crossed them over to the mainstream or flat-out made them superstars.

Once again, the Top 10 albums landed more than 1,000 votes apiece — in fact, the Top 14 received more than 1,000 each — with the records that made the Top 5 each scoring more than 2,000 votes each. And, just as we saw in the 1986 poll, the No. 1 record exceeded 3,000 votes.

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 1988 poll, which will launch next week.

PAST RESULTS: 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986




The Cure, 'Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me'

1. The Cure, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me

BACKSTORY: With their seventh studio album, Robert Smith and Co. cracked the American Top 40 with a sprawling double album that dabbled in both pure pop and dark, goth-flavored soundscapes.
SINGLES: “Why Can’t I Be You?,” “Catch,” “Just Like Heaven,” “Hot Hot Hot!!!”
BAND: Robert Smith, Simon Gallup, Porl Thompson, Lol Tolhurst, Boris Williams
PRODUCER: David M. Allen and Robert Smith
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



Depeche Mode 'Music for the Masses'

2. Depeche Mode, Music For the Masses

BACKSTORY: Depeche Mode’s sixth album helped cement the band’s breakthrough popularity in the U.S., with three charting singles and a huge tour that peaked with the famous ‘101’ concert at the Rose Bowl.
SINGLES: “Strangelove,” “Never Let Me Down Again,” “Behind the Wheel,” “Little 15”
BAND: Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher, Alan Wilder
PRODUCER: Depeche Mode and David Bascombe
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



The Smiths Strangeways Here We Come

3. The Smiths, Strangeways, Here We Come

BACKSTORY: Released following the band’s break-up, The Smiths’ fourth and final album is viewed by both Morrissey and Johnny Marr as the group’s pinnacle, and found the group broadening its sonic palette.
SINGLES: “Girlfriend in a Coma,” “I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish,” “Last Night I Dreamt that Somebody Loved Me,” “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before”
BAND: Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke, Mike Joyce
PRODUCER: Johnny Marr, Morrissey and Stephen Street
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



R.E.M., 'Document'

4. R.E.M., Document

BACKSTORY: With its fifth album, and last on IRS Records, R.E.M. finally cracked the mainstream, scoring a Top 10 hit (“The One I Love”) and a major-label deal with its more straightforward rock sound.
SINGLES: “The One I Love,” “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” “Finest Worksong”
BAND: Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe
PRODUCER: Scott Litt and R.E.M.
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



U2 The Joshua Tree

5. U2, The Joshua Tree

BACKSTORY: Fueled by three huge singles and a massive stadium tour, U2’s fifth album cemented the Irish rockers’ ascent to the status of being the biggest band in the world.
SINGLES: “With or Without You,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” “Where the Streets Have No Name,” “In God’s Country”
BAND: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr.
PRODUCER: Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



INXS 'Kick'

6. INXS, Kick

BACKSTORY: INXS turned into global superstars with their sixth album, which churned out a trio of hit pop-rock singles, including, in the U.S., the chart-topping “Need You Tonight.”
SINGLES: “Need You Tonight”/”Mediate,” “Devil Inside,” “New Sensation”/”Guns in the Sky,” “Never Tear Us Apart,” “Mystify”/”Kick”
BAND: Michael Hutchence, Andrew Farriss, Jon Farriss, Tim Farriss, Kirk Pengilly, Garry Gary Beers
PRODUCER: Chris Thomas
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



Echo and the Bunnymen

7. Echo & The Bunnymen, Echo & The Bunnymen

BACKSTORY: With their fifth studio album — and last for a decade with Ian McCulloch — the Bunnymen pushed for a more commercial sound, and proved successful with hit single “Lips Like Sugar.”
SINGLES: “The Game,” “Lips Like Sugar,” “Bedbugs and Ballyhoo”
BAND: Ian McCulloch, Will Sergeant, Les Pattinson, Pete de Freitas
PRODUCER: Laurie Latham
BUY IT: (CD, digital), iTunes (Digital)



The Jesus and Mary Chain Darklands

8. The Jesus and Mary Chain, Darklands

BACKSTORY: With their second album, the Mary Chain stripped down to a two-piece, abetted by a drum machine, and toned down the feedback squall in favor of more melodic songcraft.
SINGLES: “April Skies,” “Happy When It Rains,” “Darklands”
BAND: Jim Reid, William Reid
PRODUCER: William Reid, Bill Price and John Loder
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me

9. The Replacements, Pleased To Meet Me

BACKSTORY: The ‘Mats were down to a trio on their fifth album following the firing of Bob Stinson, and turned out a more diverse, somewhat soul-influenced effort recorded in Memphis.
SINGLES: “Can’t Hardly Wait,” “Alex Chilton,” “The Ledge,” “Skyway”
BAND: Paul Westerberg, Tommy Stinson, Chris Mars
PRODUCER: Jim Dickinson
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



The Sistesr of Mercy Floodland

10. The Sisters of Mercy, Floodland

BACKSTORY: On his sophomore effort under the Sisters banner, Andrew Eldritch teamed up with Meat Loaf collaborator Jim Steinman for a bigger, more bombastic goth-rock sound.
SINGLES: “This Corrosion,” “Dominion,” “Lucretia My Reflection”
BAND: Andrew Eldritch, Patricia Morrison, Doktor Avalanche
PRODUCER: Andrew Eldritch, Larry Alexander, Jim Steinman
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



11. The Cult, Electric
12. Sinead O’Connor, The Lion and the Cobra
13. Love and Rockets, Earth, Sun, Moon
14. Pet Shop Boys, Actually
15. Midnight Oil, Diesel and Dust
16. Hüsker Dü, Warehouse: Songs and Stories
17. Siouxsie and the Banshees, Through the Looking Glass
18. Guns N’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction
19. 10,000 Maniacs, In My Tribe
20. Dinosaur Jr, You’re Living All Over Me



21. Sonic Youth, Sister
22. Erasure, The Circus
23. Dead Can Dance, Within the Realm of a Dying Sun
24. Prince, Sign O the Times
25. The Housemartins, The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death
26. Front 242, Official Version
27. Nitzer Ebb, That Total Age
28. The Psychedelic Furs, Midnight to Midnight
29. Public Image Ltd., Happy?
30. Sting, …Nothing Like the Sun


terence trent darby

31. Terence Trent D’Arby, Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby
32. Tom Waits, Frank’s Wild Years
33. Big Black, Songs About Fucking
34. Bryan Ferry, Bête Noire
35. David Sylvian, Secrets of the Beehive
36. Skinny Puppy, Cleanse Fold and Manipulate
37. The Dukes of Stratosphear, Psonic Psunspot
38. Suzanne Vega, Solitude Standing
39. Butthole Surfers, Locust Abortion Technician
40. Julian Cope, Saint Julian


Eurythmics, Savage

41. Eurythmics, Savage
42. Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, Mainstream
43. Eric B. and Rakim, Paid in Full
44. Hoodoo Gurus, Blow Your Cool!
45. Spacemen 3, The Perfect Prescription
46. Wire, The Ideal Copy
47. The Go-Betweens, Tallulah (TIE)
47. Oingo Boingo, Boi-ngo (TIE)
49. Public Enemy, Yo! Bum Rush the Show
50. The Wedding Present, George Best


X, See How We Are

51. X, See How We Are
52. Fields of the Nephilim, Dawnrazor
53. Dead or Alive, Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know (TIE)
53. fIREHOSE, If’n (TIE)
55. Faith No More, Introduce Yourself
56. Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Uplift Mofo Party Plan
57. The Alarm, Eye of the Hurricane
58. David Bowie, Never Let Me Down
59. Guadalcanal Diary, 2×4
60. The Grapes of Wrath, Treehouse


Icehouse, Man of Colours

61. Icehouse, Man of Colours
62. Aztec Camera, Love (TIE)
62. Warren Zevon, Sentimental Hygiene (TIE)
64. Game Theory, Lolita Nation
65. The Dead Milkmen, Bucky Fellini
66. Cabaret Voltaire, Code
67. Descendents, All
68. Swans, Children of God
69. Men Without Hats, Pop Goes the World (TIE)
69. Squeeze, Babylon and On (TIE)


The Connells, Boylan Heights

71. The Connells, Boylan Heights
72. Ramones, Halfway to Sanity
73. The dB’s, The Sound of Music (TIE)
73. Happy Mondays, Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out) (TIE)
75. ABC, Alphabet City
76. Art of Noise, In No Sense? Nonsense!
77. Close Lobsters, Foxheads Stalk the Land (TIE)
77. Gene Loves Jezebel, The House of Dolls (TIE)
79. That Petrol Emotion, Babble
80. The Lemonheads, Hate Your Friends


The Bolshoi, Lindy's Party

81. The Bolshoi, Lindy’s Party
82. Einstürzende Neubauten, Fünf auf der nach oben offenen Richterskala
83. Pop Will Eat Itself, Box Frenzy (TIE)
83. Deacon Blue, Raintown (TIE)
85. The Chills, Brave Words
86. Flesh For Lulu, Long Live the New Flesh (TIE)
86. The Gun Club, Mother Juno (TIE)
86. Indigo Girls, Strange Fire (TIE)
89. The Communards, Red
90. The Bats, Daddy’s Highway


Marc Almond, Mother Fist and Her Five Daughters

91. Marc Almond, Mother Fist and Her Five Daughters
92. Yello, One Second
93. Loop, Heaven’s End
94. Pulp, Freaks
95. The Style Council, The Cost of Loving (TIE)
95. Laibach, Opus Dei (TIE)
97. Opal, Happy Nightmare Baby
98. Screaming Blue Messiahs, Bikini Red
99. Dumptruck, For the Country
100. The Flaming Lips, Oh My Gawd!!!