Best of 1985 2

It’s the first of the month once again, which means it’s time to unveil the results of Part 6 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 monster best-of-the-decade poll to crown the overall champs.

The 1985 poll received more than 45,000 votes — a full 10,000 more than the ’84 poll, the previous top vote-getter — with close to 300 different albums garnering votes, both via the pre-selected ballot and write-ins. This time around, each of the albums slotted in the Top 10 landed more than 1,000 votes, with the records that made the Top 3 each scoring more than 2,000 apiece.

Speaking of write-ins, this year’s results include, as always, votes for a wide variety of records that weren’t released in 1985 (Black Celebration, Doolittle and Disintegration will get their day, don’t worry — and Violent Femmes already did), or firmly off-genre (we’re looking at you, Rush’s Power Windows).

One mea culpa, though: A few of you noticed the omission of Squeeze’s Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti on the ballot. That was, indeed, an oversight on our part; it actually was on the list of ’85 albums compiled for last month’s poll, but somehow got omitted during the creation of the online form used for the actual polling. It got a few write-ins, but not enough to approach, let alone crack, the Top 100.

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 1986 poll, which will launch Monday.

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




The Cure

1. The Cure, The Head on the Door

BACKSTORY: On the band’s sixth album, Robert Smith delivered one of his more diverse sets of songs, ranging from pop hits (“Close To Me”) to darker, more brooding cuts like “A Night Like This” and “Sinking.”
SINGLES: “Inbetween Days,” “Close To Me”
BAND: Robert Smith, Lol Tolhurst, Porl Thompson, Simon Gallup, Boris Williams
PRODUCER: Robert Smith and David M. Allen
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



The Smiths

2. The Smiths, Meat is Murder

BACKSTORY: On their second album, The Smiths expanded both their sound and lyrical subject matter — although in the U.S. the album is best known for a song that shouldn’t be there (“How Soon Is Now?”).
SINGLES: “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore”
BAND: Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke, Mike Joyce
PRODUCER: The Smiths
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



New Order

3. New Order, Low-Life

BACKSTORY: With their third album, New Order perfected its mix of dance music and rock, particularly on the epic single “The Perfect Kiss,” which was famously capped off by a solo of frogs croaking.
SINGLES: “The Perfect Kiss,” “Sub-culture”
BAND: Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



The Jesus and Mary Chain

4. The Jesus and Mary Chain, Psychocandy

BACKSTORY: The Mary Chain’s wildly influential debut found the brothers Reid perfectly marrying squalling feedback with sweet pop songcraft inspired by Phil Spector’s ’60s girl groups.
SINGLES: “Never Understand,” “You Trip Me Up,” “Just Like Honey”
BAND: Jim Reid, William Reid, Douglas Hart, Bobby Gillespie
PRODUCER: The Jesus and Mary Chain
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)




5. R.E.M., Fables of the Reconstruction

BACKSTORY: R.E.M. changed producers and recording locales on their third album, traveling to London to make a darker, more sonically complex record that explored the American south.
SINGLES: “Can’t Get There From Here,” “Driver 8,” “Wendell Gee”
BAND: Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



Tears For Fears

6. Tears For Fears, Songs From the Big Chair

BACKSTORY: With their second album, Tears For Fears delivered a worldwide commercial smash thanks to a string of hit singles and their accompanying heavy-rotation MTV videos.
SINGLES: “Mothers Talk,” “Shout,” “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” “Head Over Heels”
BAND: Roland Orzabal, Curt Smith, Ian Stanley, Manny Elias
PRODUCER: Chris Hughes
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



The Cult

7. The Cult, Love

BACKSTORY: After morphing from Southern Death Cult to Death Cult and, finally, to The Cult, Ian Astbury at last broke through with this sophomore album and its hit “She Sells Sanctuary.”
SINGLES: “She Sells Sanctuary,” “Rain,” “Revolution”
BAND: Ian Astbury, Billy Duffy, Jamie Stewart, Mark Brzezicki
PRODUCER: Steve Brown
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)




8. INXS, Listen Like Thieves

BACKSTORY: INXS’s fifth album served as their breakthrough in the U.S., spawning the band’s first Top 5 single (“What You Need”) and laying the groundwork for the monster success of Kick.
SINGLES: “What You Need,” “This Time,” “Kiss the Dirt (Falling Down the Mountain),” “Listen Like Thieves”
BAND: Michael Hutchence, Garry Gary Beers, Andrew Farriss, Jon Farriss, Tim Farriss, Kirk Pengilly
PRODUCER: Chris Thomas
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



Kate Bush

9. Kate Bush, Hounds of Love

BACKSTORY: With her fifth album, Kate Bush delivered the biggest seller of her career, and broke into the American market, too, on the strength of the single “Running Up That Hill.”
SINGLES: “Running Up That Hill,” “Cloudbusting,” “Hounds of Love,” “The Big Sky”
BAND: Kate Bush, Stuart Elliot, Del Palmer, Alan Murphy, Paddy Bush, Charlie Morgan
BUY IT: (CD vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



The Replacements

10. The Replacements, Tim

BACKSTORY: The Mats’ fourth album was both their major-label debut and last to feature guitarist Bob Stinson, and delivered some of the band’s best-loved rockers (“Left of the Dial,” “Bastards of Young”).
SINGLES: “Bastards of Young,” “Kiss Me On the Bus”
BAND: Paul Westerberg, Bob Stinson, Tommy Stinson, Chris Mars
PRODUCER: Tommy Erdelyi
BUY IT: (CD, digital, vinyl), iTunes (Digital)



11. a-ha, Hunting High and Low
12. The Sisters of Mercy, First and Last and Always
13. Love and Rockets, Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven
14. Big Audio Dynamite, This Is Big Audio Dynamite
15. The Pogues, Rum Sodomy & The Lash
16. Simple Minds, Once Upon a Time
17. Hüsker Dü, New Day Rising
18. Talking Heads, Little Creatures
19. Oingo Boingo, Dead Man’s Party
20. Tom Waits, Rain Dogs



21. Sting, The Dream of the Blue Turtles
22. Arcadia, So Red the Rose
23. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Crush
24. Hüsker Dü, Flip Your Wig
25. The Waterboys, This Is the Sea
26. Bryan Ferry, Boys and Girls
27. Killing Joke, Night Time
28. Fine Young Cannibals, Fine Young Cannibals
29. Dead Can Dance, Spleen and Ideal
30. Clan of Xymox, Clan of Xymox


prefab sprout

31. Prefab Sprout, Steve McQueen (aka Two Wheels Good) (TIE)
31. The Chameleons, What Does Anything Mean? Basically (TIE)
33. Howard Jones, Dream into Action
34. The Fall, This Nation’s Saving Grace
35. Hoodoo Gurus, Mars Needs Guitars
36. Dead Kennedys, Frankenchrist
37. Skinny Puppy, Bites
38. The Power Station, The Power Station
39. The Dead Milkmen, Big Lizard in My Backyard
40. Propaganda, A Secret Wish


sonic youth

41. Sonic Youth, Bad Moon Rising
42. The Alarm, Strength
43. Scritti Politti, Cupid & Psyche 85
44. Dinosaur Jr, Dinosaur (TIE)
44. Eurythmics, Be Yourself Tonight (TIE)
46. Suzanne Vega, Suzanne Vega
47. Camper Van Beethoven, Telephone Free Landslide Victory
48. Dead Or Alive, Youthquake
49. ABC, How to Be a…Zillionaire!
50. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Firstborn is Dead


thompson twins

51. Thompson Twins, Here’s to Future Days
52. The Damned, Phantasmagoria
53. Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, Easy Pieces (TIE)
53. ‘Til Tuesday, Voices Carry (TIE)
55. Faith No More, We Care A Lot
56. Shriekback, Oil & Gold
57. The Dream Academy, The Dream Academy
58. The Style Council, Our Favourite Shop (aka Internationalists)
59. 10,000 Maniacs, The Wishing Chair
60. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Freaky Styley



61. Einstürzende Neubauten, Halber Mensch
62. Meat Puppets, Up on the Sun
63. The Descendants, I Don’t Want to Grow Up
64. New Model Army, No Rest for the Wicked
65. Gene Loves Jezebel, Immigrant
66. X, Ain’t Love Grand!
67. Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians, Fegmania!
68. Adam Ant, Vive le Rock
69. Cabaret Voltaire, The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord
70. Lone Justice, Lone Justice


everything but the girl

71. Everything But the Girl, Love Not Money (TIE)
71. Yello, Stella (TIE)
73. The Clash, Cut the Crap
74. Minutemen, 3-Way Tie (For Last)
75. The Colourfield, Virgins and Philistines
76. Wang Chung, To Live and Die in L.A.
77. Falco, Falco 3
78. Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Talk About The Weather
79. Half Man Half Biscuit, Back in the DHSS
80. 7 Seconds, Walk Together, Rock Together


del fuegos

81. The Del Fuegos, Boston, Mass.
82. China Crisis, Flaunt the Imperfection
83. Colourbox, Colourbox (TIE)
83. Dramarama, Cinéma Vérité (TIE)
83. Madness, Mad Not Mad (TIE)
86. Felt, Ignite the Seven Cannons
87. Christian Death, Ashes
88. Beat Happening, Beat Happening
89. Dexys Midnight Runners, Don’t Stand Me Down
90. Midge Ure, The Gift


david sylvian

91. David Sylvian, Alchemy: An Index of Possibilities
92. Death in June, Nada! (TIE)
92. Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel, Nail (TIE)
94. Mekons, Fear and Whiskey
95. Black Flag, In My Head (TIE)
95. The Sound, Heads and Hearts (TIE)
95. The Three O’Clock, Arrive Without Traveling (TIE)
98. Blancmange, Believe You Me (TIE)
98. Rites of Spring, Rites of Spring (TIE)
100. Marc Almond, Stories of Johnny