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Well, here we are: the end of the ’80s. Today we present the results of Part 10 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. Next week we’ll wrap it all up when we launch a huge best-of-the-decade poll to crown the overall rulers of the ’80s.

For this final ’80s albums poll — don’t worry, separate surveys for EPs and compilations are still on deck for next year — we saw a big surge in voting, with nearly 60,000 total votes cast (up from less than 50,000 for ’88) for more than 300 different albums via both the pre-selected ballot and write-ins.

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 big Best of 1980s poll, which will launch next week.

PAST RESULTS: 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988

 

SLICING UP EYEBALLS READERS POLL: TOP 100 ALBUMS OF 1989

 

The Cure, 'Disintegration'

1. The Cure, Disintegration

BACKSTORY: On their eighth album, Robert Smith and Co. sank back into darkness, delivering a moody, textured and largely pop-free record that remains the band’s commercial and artistic peak.
SINGLES: “Fascination Street,” “Lullaby,” “Lovesong,” “Pictures of You”
BAND: Robert Smith, Simon Gallup, Porl Thompson, Boris Williams, Roger O’Donnell, Lol Tolhurst
PRODUCER: David M. Allen, Robert Smith
BUY IT: Amazon.com (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)

 

 

Pixies, 'Doolittle'

2. Pixies, Doolittle

BACKSTORY: With their second full-length, the Pixies perfected their loud-quiet-loud pop blast, offering up a key blueprint for Nirvana’s looming commercial breakthrough Nevermind.
SINGLES: “Monkey Gone to Heaven,” “Here Comes Your Man”
BAND: Black Francis, Kim Deal, Joey Santiago, David Lovering
PRODUCER: Gil Norton
BUY IT: Amazon.com (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)

 

 

Nine Inch Nails, 'Pretty Hate Machine'

3. Nine Inch Nails, Pretty Hate Machine

BACKSTORY: Trent Reznor burst onto the scene with this debut, a synthpop/industrial marriage that would help catapult Nine Inch Nails into the ’90s as one of that decade’s biggest acts.
SINGLES: “Down In It,” “Head Like a Hole,” “Sin”
BAND: Trent Reznor
PRODUCER: Trent Reznor with Flood, John Fryer, Keith LeBlanc, Adrian Sherwood
BUY IT: Amazon.com (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)

 

 

The Stone Roses, 'The Stone Roses'

4. The Stone Roses, The Stone Roses

BACKSTORY: The Roses’ debut is hailed as a genre-defining classic, an album so strong the band built an entire career, and in recent years, a rapturously received reunion, off its back
SINGLES: “Made of Stone,” “She Bangs the Drums,” “I Wanna Be Adored,” “Waterfall,” “I Am the Resurrection”
BAND: Ian Brown, John Squire, Gary “Mani” Mounfield, John “Reni” Wren
PRODUCER: John Leckie
BUY IT: Amazon.com (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)

 

 

New Order, 'Technique'

5. New Order, Technique

BACKSTORY: For their fifth album, New Order worked acid house and Balearic beat influences into the mix, delivering one of their strongest blends of dance and rock music.
SINGLES: “Fine Time,” “Round & Round,” “Run 2″
BAND: Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert
PRODUCER: New Order
BUY IT: Amazon.com (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)

 

 

Beastie Boys, 'Paul's Boutique'

6. Beastie Boys, Paul’s Boutique

BACKSTORY: The Beasties’ now-beloved second album was considered a flop at the time, but, in the ensuing years, has been embraced as a landmark of sample-based hip-hop.
SINGLES: “Hey Ladies,” “Shadrach”
BAND: Mike D, MCA, Ad-Rock
PRODUCER: Beastie Boys and The Dust Brothers
BUY IT: Amazon.com (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)

 

 

The Jesus and Mary Chain, 'Automatic'

7. The Jesus and Mary Chain, Automatic

BACKSTORY: Armed with a drum machine and synth bass, the Reids went it nearly alone on their streamlined third album, which spurred one of the band’s biggest singles in “Head On.”
SINGLES: “Blues From a Gun,” “Head On”
BAND: Jim Reid, William Reid
PRODUCER: Jim Reid, William Reid
BUY IT: Amazon.com (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)

 

 

Peter Murphy, 'Deep'

8. Peter Murphy, Deep

BACKSTORY: The former Bauhaus frontman’s third solo album served as his commercial breakthrough in America, with single “Cuts You Up” dominating modern-rock radio in the States.
SINGLES: “The Line Between the Devil’s Teeth,” “Cuts You Up,” “Strange Kind of Love”
BAND: Peter Murphy, Peter Bonas, Paul Statham, Teri Bryant, Simon Rogers, Gill Tingay
PRODUCER: Simon Rogers
BUY IT: Amazon.com (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)

 

 

Nirvana, 'Bleach'

9. Nirvana, Bleach

BACKSTORY: Nirvana’s debut on Sub Pop Records found the band burning through sludgy fuzz-rockers, a sound that would be refined and buffed-up to much greater effect on 1991′s Nevermind.
SINGLES: “Love Buzz”
BAND: Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, Chad Channing, Dale Crover
PRODUCER: Jack Endino
BUY IT: Amazon.com (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)

 

 

The B-52s, 'Cosmic Thing'

10. The B-52s, Cosmic Thing

BACKSTORY: The B-52s came back from the death of Ricky Wilson in a big way, with a monstrous hit of an album featuring the year’s most inescapable single: “Love Shack.”
SINGLES: “Channel Z,” “Love Shack,” “Roam,” “Deadbeat Club”
BAND: Fred Schneider, Cindy Wilson, Kate Pierson, Keith Strickland
PRODUCER: Nile Rodgers, Don Was
BUY IT: Amazon.com (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)

 

 

11. Love and Rockets, Love and Rockets
12. Ministry, The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste
13. The Replacements, Don’t Tell a Soul
14. Lou Reed, New York
15. XTC, Oranges & Lemons
16. The Cult, Sonic Temple
17. De La Soul, 3 Feet High and Rising
18. The The, Mind Bomb
19. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mother’s Milk
20. Kate Bush, The Sensual World

 

bob mould

21. Bob Mould, Workbook
22. Faith No More, The Real Thing
23. Tears For Fears, The Seeds of Love
24. Galaxie 500, On Fire
25. 10,000 Maniacs, Blind Man’s Zoo
26. Camper Van Beethoven, Key Lime Pie
27. Erasure, Wild!
28. Elvis Costello, Spike
29. The Ocean Blue, The Ocean Blue
30. Ian McCulloch, Candleland

 

lenny kravitz

31. Lenny Kravitz, Let Love Rule
32. The Creatures, Boomerang
33. Skinny Puppy, Rabies
34. Chris Isaak, Heart Shaped World
35. Nitzer Ebb, Belief
36. Xymox, Twist of Shadows
37. Indigo Girls, Indigo Girls
38. The Beautiful South, Welcome to the Beautiful South
39. The Wedding Present, Bizarro
40. Pop Will Eat Itself, This Is the Day…This Is the Hour…This Is This!

 

sugarcubes

41. The Sugarcubes, Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week!
42. Mudhoney, Mudhoney
43. Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians, Queen Elvis
44. The Smithereens, 11
45. The Blue Nile, Hats
46. The Psychedelic Furs, Book of Days
47. Throwing Muses, Hunkpapa
48. Soundgarden, Louder Than Love
49. The Wonder Stuff, Hup
50. New Model Army, Thunder and Consolation

 

public image ltd

51. Public Image Ltd., 9
52. Spacemen 3, Playing with Fire
53. The Pogues, Peace and Love
54. Einstürzende Neubauten, Haus der Lüge
55. Michael Penn, March
56. Julee Cruise, Floating into the Night
57. Concrete Blonde, Free
58. Simple Minds, Street Fighting Years
59. Hoodoo Gurus, Magnum Cum Louder
60. Bad Religion, No Control

 

primitives

61. The Primitives, Pure
62. fIREHOSE, fROMOHIO
63. Buffalo Tom, Buffalo Tom
64. Primal Scream, Primal Scream (TIE)
64. Jesus Jones, Liquidizer (TIE)
66. Big Audio Dynamite, Megatop Phoenix
67. The Offspring, The Offspring
68. The Connells, Fun & Games
69. Camouflage, Methods of Silence
70. Nenah Cherry, Raw Like Sushi

 

ramones

71. Ramones, Brain Drain
72. Tracy Chapman, Crossroads
73. Operation Ivy, Energy (TIE)
73. The Alarm, Change (TIE)
75. Tin Machine, Tin Machine
76. Kirsty MacColl, Kite
77. 808 State, 90
78. Kitchens of Distinction, Love is Hell
79. Guided By Voices, Self-Inflicted Aerial Nostalgia
80. Eurythmics, We Too Are One

 

mighty lemon drops

81. The Mighty Lemon Drops, Laughter
82. Too Much Joy, Son Of Sam I Am (TIE)
82. The Godfathers, More Songs About Love and Hate (TIE)
84. Lemonheads, Lick
85. Swans, The Burning World
86. Laurie Anderson, Strange Angels (TIE)
86. Prince, Batman (TIE)
88. Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, Mystery Road
89. Loop, Fade Out
90. Wire, It’s Beginning To And Back Again

 

front line assembly

91. Front Line Assembly, Gashed Senses & Crossfire
92. The Grapes of Wrath, Now and Again
93. The Mekons, The Mekons Rock ‘n’ Roll
94. Meat Beat Manifesto, Storm the Studio (TIE)
94. David Byrne, Rei Momo (TIE)
96. Daniel Lanois, Acadie
97. Joe Jackson, Blaze of Glory
98. All About Eve, Scarlet and Other Stories
99. Joe Strummer, Earthquake Weather
100. Steve Kilbey, The Slow Crack

 

 

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