Best of the 1980s

Well, here we are: the end of Best of the ’80s album polls. Time for the big one. The grandaddy of them all. Yes, today we ask Slicing Up Eyeballs’ readers — after having ranked the best records of each year of the 1980s month-by-month over the course of 2013 — to wrap up this year by crowning the absolute best albums of the entire 1980s.

VOTING: Below you’ll find a ballot featuring 500 albums, a list comprised of the Top 50 finishers in each of our annual polls, from 1980 to 1989. You’re welcome to vote for up to 25 records this time — or write in any title(s) you wish that we didn’t include. In addition to the ballot itself, feel free to re-consult the Top 100 lists from each year (links below), and, if you really want to do some serious research, you can pore over the full list of albums included on the original 1980-1989 ballots.

A few notes and reminders on how this works:

  • Given the theme of this website, the albums that made the original ballots — and, hence, this ballot — are generally those that fall under “alternative” banner, titles from the punk, post-punk, goth, college rock, indie, synthpop, industrial, New Wave and related genres. Toward the latter end of the polls, though, we 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 albums released in the 1980s 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 in early 2014. And perhaps, due to popular demand, we’ll roll out some bonus best-album polls for the late ’70s and early ’90s.

DEADLINE: Voting ends 5 p.m. EDT Friday, Dec. 27, and results will be posted after New Year’s.

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, 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1989 — as voted by Slicing Up Eyeballs’ readers.

Plus: Check out the full list of albums included on the original 1980-1989 albums.




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