Friday, October 13, 2017

The Best Albums of 1980: Honorable Mentions

We hope that you enjoyed our huge feature on The Best Albums of 1980. If you happened to miss it - please click here.

There were so many great releases that didn't get included in the Best Albums of 1980 feature - since we limited ourselves to the Top 10. In this post you will find 12 more albums that Sarah and I selected that needed to be represented. A track from each album is added to the playlist at the bottom - and we threw in 60 extra songs that we thoroughly enjoy. We hope you do too! So without further delay, here are our Honorable Mentions for 1980.

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The Clash - Sandinista!
The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
The Damned - The Black Album
George Jones - I Am What I Am
The Human League - Travelogue
John Foxx - Metamatic
Neil Diamond - The Jazz Singer Soundtrack
Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz
Ramones - End of the Century
The Selecter - Too Much Pressure
Simple Minds - Empires and Dance
Visage - s/t

ABBA - 'The Winner Takes it All' from Super Trouper
AC/DC - 'You Shook Me All Night Long' from Back in Black
Adam and the Ants - 'Antmusic' from Kings of the Wild Frontier
Air Supply - 'Lost in Love' from Lost in Love
Alice Cooper - 'Clones (We're All)' from Flush the Fashion
The Associates - 'A' from The Affectionate Punch
The B-52's - 'Give Me Back My Man' from Wild Planet
Bad Manners - 'Special Brew' from Ska 'n' B
The Birthday Party - 'The Friend Catcher' from The Birthday Party
Black Uhuru - 'Happiness' from Sinsemilla
Blondie - 'Call Me' from American Gigolo Soundtrack
Bob Marley & the Wailers - 'Redemption Song' from Uprising
The Buggles - 'Video Killed the Radio Star' from The Age of Plastic
The Cars - 'Touch and Go' from Panorama
Circle Jerks - 'Live Fast Die Young' from Group Sex

Colin Newman - '& Jury' from A-Z
The Cramps - 'Garbageman' from Songs the Lord Taught Us
Dead Kennedys - 'Holiday in Cambodia' from Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
Devo - 'Girl U Want' from Freedom of Choice
Elvis Costello & the Attractions - 'I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down' from Get Happy
Emmylou Harris - 'Wayfaring Stranger' from Roses in the Snow
Fad Gadget - 'State of the Nation' from Fireside Favourites
Flowers - 'Icehouse' from Icehouse
Iggy Pop - 'Loco Mosquito' from Soldier
INXS - 'Just Keep Walking' from INXS
Iron Maiden - 'Iron Maiden' from Iron Maiden
Japan - 'Gentlemen Take Polaroids' from Gentlemen Take Polaroids
Journey - 'Any Way You Want It' from Departure
Judas Priest - 'Breaking the Law' from British Steel
Lou Reed - 'Think It Over' from Growing Up in Public

Madness - 'Baggy Trousers' from Absolutely
Magazine - 'A Song From Under the Floorboards' from The Correct Use of Soap
Midnight Oil - 'No Time for Games' from Bird Noises EP
Motorhead - 'Ace of Spades' from Ace of Spades
Oingo Boingo - 'Only a Lad' from Oingo Boingo EP
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - 'Enola Gay' from Organisation
The Police - 'Don't Stand So Close to Me' from Zenyatta Mondatta
Prince - 'When You Were Mine' from Dirty Mind
Ramones - 'Do You Remember Rock and Roll Radio' from End of the Century
Rockpile - 'Teacher Teacher' from Seconds of Pleasure
The Rolling Stones - 'Emotional Rescue' from Emotional Rescue
The Romantics - 'What I Like About You' from The Romantics
Skids - 'Circus Games' from The Absolute Game
The Soft Boys - 'I Wanna Destroy You' from Underwater Moonlight
The Specials - 'Rat Race' from More Specials

Split Enz - 'I Got You' from True Colours
Squeeze - 'Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)' from Argybargy
Swell Maps - 'Cake Shop Girl' from Jane From Occupied Europe
Thin Lizzy - 'Didn't I' from Chinatown
Tom Waits - 'Jersey Girl' from Heartattack and Vine
The Undertones - 'Wednesday Week' from Hypnotised
Van Halen - 'And the Cradle Will Rock...' from Women and Children First
The Vapors - 'Turning Japanese' from New Clear Days
Waylon Jennings - 'Theme From The Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys)' from Music Man
Wendy Carlos & Rachel Elkind - 'Main Title (The Shining)' from The Shining Soundtrack
Willie Nelson & Family - 'On the Road Again' from Honeysuckle Rose Soundtrack
X - 'Los Angeles' from Los Angeles
XTC - 'Generals and Majors' from Black Sea
Young Marble Giants - 'Brand New Life' from Colossal Youth

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