We’ve reached November, which means it’s time for our year-long Best of the ’80s poll to continue on to 1989 as we again ask Slicing Up Eyeballs’ readers to help rank the releases of each year of the decade throughout 2013 — concluding, next month, with a giant, decade-concluding poll to determine the best records of the entire 1980s.

VOTING: It’s a simple process. Below, we’ve assembled a list of more than 260 albums released in 1989, 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 those that fall under the very loose and ill-defined “alternative” banner, titles from the punk, post-punk, goth, college rock, indie, synthpop, industrial, New Wave and related genres. This time around we’ve again broadened the selection a bit to include some key albums from outside the genre. And, of course, you’re still free to write in any album released in 1988 that you want.
  • 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, live albums or compilations. 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.
  • Finally, one bit of housekeeping: Some of you will notice that Fine Young Cannibals’ The Raw and the Cooked is not on the ballot. Due to conflicting information on the Internet (never trust the Internet!) we put it on the 1988 ballot, and since the record placed No. 30 on the Top 100 albums of 1988, we’re not going to repeat it here, even though it is, by most accounts, a 1989 album. Oops.

DEADLINE: Voting will be open through 5 p.m. EDT Friday, Nov. 22, and results will be posted the following week — after which we’ll launch the big one, the Best of the ’80s poll, in early December.

Sound good? Then vote away.

And feel free to discuss/list/explain/lobby for your picks — or gripe about the shocking exclusions and/or inclusions on this month’s ballot — 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, 1986, 1987 and 1988 — as voted by Slicing Up Eyeballs’ readers.




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