80's albums that hold up on any level

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  1. The Mirrorball Man

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  2. Avon

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    also thumbs up for Propaganda because one of their songs was the old bbc rallying theme :D
     
  3. Ar-Pharazon

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    What I always found funny about the VH1 Classic program "One Hit Wonders" was the American-centric tilt of it.

    A lot of groups we consider one-hit wonders had great careers elsewhere.

    Falco had a #1 hit here in the U.S. with Rock Me Amadeus and a minor hit with Vienna Calling, but surprisingly not with Der Kommissar. Yet he had many, many songs chart in other countries, mostly European.


    I think Asia-Asia holds up very well for me. I have a really well re-mastered "Best Of" CD from Asia. Several songs from that first album are on it.

    The obvious two tracks, Heat Of The Moment & Only Time Will Tell are songs that defined the decade of the 80's, yet sound in no way dated. Same with the other songs, but those two were so huge, it would be easy to relegate them to 80's pop culture.
     
  4. Mr. Adventure

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    The cover of Der Kommissar was a top ten hit. Damn you, After the Fire! :)
     
  5. C.E. Evans

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    It's not that surprising given that "One Hit Wonders" is a U.S. show on a U.S. cable network that deals with how well various songs did in the U.S. Other countries likely have many otherwise successful American acts regarded as one-hit wonders on their charts.
     
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    Vapor Trails was worse.
     
  7. Ar-Pharazon

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    That's the version I remember.

    The Falco video I remember seeing, German version of course.
     
  8. marillion

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    Marillion's "Misplaced Childhood" and "Clutching at Straws" both hold up very well, IMHO... It helps to have a soft spot for prog/concept albums, of course, but I think both still work...

    And yes, I'm incredibly biased... So there.. :p
     
  9. DalekJim

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    Marillion - Script For A Jester's Tear, Misplaced Childhood
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  10. Flying Spaghetti Monster

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    Def Leppard Hysteria holds up!
     
  11. 1001001

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  12. Pingfah

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    Hysteria holds up in the sense that it is just as awful as it ever was.

    Honestly I think the older Def Leppard material like On Through The Night is less dated because it is not half as slick and obviously 80s hair era, and thus more likely to appeal to a new listener these days.
     
  13. Rincewiend

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    Well, this one:

    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDXzLeFUkpc[/yt]
     
  14. The Mirrorball Man

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    Yeah it seems like such a no-brainer when I mentioned it way back on post #39, but no one - no one - high fived my good tastes, so now I'm bitter and resentful.
     
  15. Chaos Descending

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    I give another shout out to Paul Simon's Graceland.

    I'll list a few others that still hit me in the right spot.

    Uriah Heep - Abominog
    S.O.D. - Speak English or DieDanzig - Danzig
    Beastie Boys - Licened to Ill
     
  16. jayceee

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    The first time I played the Hysteria record, initially I thought I was playing the wrong record. At the time, I thought Hysteria sounded like a slightly heavier version of Duran Duran.
     
  17. 1001001

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    Graceland is a fantastic album.

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  18. Lookingglassman

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    Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi, any 80's Journey Album
     
  19. M'Sharak

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    I think Def Leppard really hit their peak around the second half of the song "Let It Go". By the time Pyromania came along, everything was already sounding like "product".
     
  20. CorporalClegg

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    I'm a little confused as to the intent of this thread. If it's not strictly to list the best albums of the decade but to distinguish ones that have the classic 80s "vibe" and mojo but still hold up under modern listening, then I have a few that I don't think have yet been listed yet--but apologies if they have.

    August -- Eric Clapton
    Blackout -- Scorpions
    Building the Perfect Beast -- Don Henley
    Eliminator -- ZZ Top
    Freedom -- Neil Young
    Full Moon Fever Tom Petty
    Georgia Satellites -- Georgia Satellites
    Heart -- Heart
    Heart Shaped World -- Chris Isaak
    In My Tribe -- 10,000 Maniacs
    Kick -- INXS
    Learning to Crawl -- The Pretenders
    Once Bitten... Great White
    So -- Peter Gabriel
    Songs from the Big Chair -- Tears for Fears
    Sports -- Huey Lewis and the News
    Synchronicity -- The Police
    Tuff Enuff -- Fabulous Thunderbirds
    Uh-Huh -- John Mellencamp