Rolling Stone Readers Pick the 10 Best Albums of the Eighties

7. The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead

The Smiths only lasted for five years, but they gave mopey teens enough songs to last for hundreds.

Their third LP, 1986’s The Queen Is Dead, is the band’s crowning achievement. None of the songs charted in America, but tracks like “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out,” “Bigmouth Strikes Again,” “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side” and “The Queen Is Dead” have had much longer legs than many of the biggest hits of the era. All four members are alive and well, but their break-up and subsequent lawsuit so messy that a reunion is almost impossible to imagine.

The complete list of ‘the 10 Best Albums of the Eighties‘:

  1. U2 – ‘The Joshua Tree’
  2. Guns N’ Roses – ‘Appetite For Destruction’
  3. Michael Jackson – ‘Thriller’
  4. Bruce Springsteen – Born In The U.S.A.
  5. Prince – ‘Purple Rain’
  6. AC/DC – ‘Back In Black’
  7. The Smiths – ‘The Queen Is Dead’
  8. The Clash – ‘London Calling’
  9. The Cure – ‘Disintegration’
  10. Metallica – ‘Master Of Puppets’
Source: Rolling Stone
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