Punk, Rock, Funk... these influences pioneered a sound that was heavy with synthesizers, electronic drums, and makeup. This category is perhaps the most diverse and varied, but we guarantee that you will love the memories that will be unlocked. Whether you like the style or not, you have to admit that songs like Bizarre Love Triangle from New Order and Boys Don't Cry from The Cure have become timeless classics and good candidates for mix tapes.

10,000 Maniacs, In My Tribe

ALBUM: In My Tribe »

ARTIST: 10,000 Maniacs

WHY?: This band is symbolic of the era.

BEST SONG: "City of Angels"

Live, Throwing Copper

ALBUM: Throwing Copper »


WHY?: Unique, true, compassionate.

BEST SONG: "Lightning Crashes", "Selling The Drama"

Sonic Youth, Dirty

ALBUM: Dirty »

ARTIST: Sonic Youth

WHY?: Ahead of its time, by a landslide.

BEST SONG: "100%"

The Cure, Disintegration

ALBUM: Disintegration »

ARTIST: The Cure

WHY?: The gloom of Robert Smith made for a beautiful record.

BEST SONG: "Lullaby", "Fascination Street", "Homesick"

New Order, Substance

ALBUM: Substance »

ARTIST: New Order

WHY?: Respectable and original sound; as catchy as it gets.

BEST SONG: "Temptation", "Blue Monday", "Bizarre Love Triangle"

The Smiths, Singles

ALBUM: Singles »

ARTIST: The Smiths

WHY?: A benchmark for '80s music, one word says it all: Morrissey.

BEST SONG: "Boy With The Thorn In His Side", "Ask", "I Started Something", "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out"

Clash, London Calling

ALBUM: London Calling »

ARTIST: The Clash

WHY?: The smartest punk music ever!

BEST SONG: "London Calling", "Rudy Can't Fail"

Erasure, The Innocents

ALBUM: The Innocents »

ARTIST: Erasure

WHY?: Voted by many of our readers as the top album of the 80's.

BEST SONG: "Imagination", "Heart of Stone", "Ship Of Fools"

The Pixies, Surfer Rosa

ALBUM: Surfer Rosa »

ARTIST: The Pixies

WHY?: Before Nirvana, there were the Pixies.

BEST SONG: "Bone Machine", "Broken Face"

Depeche Mode, Violator

ALBUM: Violator »

ARTIST: Depeche Mode

WHY?: Visionary musicians that paved the way for what we know as dance.

BEST SONG: "Policy of Truth", "Enjoy the Silence"

Top 11~20

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