Originally Posted by nickknutson
... but I'm having a hard time thinking of some.
So many, but where to begin? So much music began in the 80s, and so much ended in the 80s too, so it kind of depends on whether you lived it or just know the highlights. Here's a short 10 heavily loaded at the beginning and the end. But tons of great, and popular stuff in between, including some of the best from Paul Simon and REM and U2 and Prince and Lou Reed and the Smiths and Springsteen, and lessor known critical favorites from the likes of Husker Du and the Minutemen and the Replacements and Sonic Youth and many others. Sometimes difficult in retrospect to separate what is "important" from what is actually "good", but all of these are good to me, and some might even be important too
English Beat - I Just Can't Stop It (80)
Talking Heads - Remain In Light (80)
Joy Division - Closer (80)
The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms (80)
Mink de Ville - Coup de Grace (81)
Dream Syndicate - Days of Wine and Roses (82)
XTC - English Settlement (82)
The Violent Femmes - The Violent Femmes (83)
Galaxie 500 - On Fire (89)
Pixies - Doolittle (1989)
But also don't forget that great debut from the Pretenders that just sneaks into the 80s, and the Psychedelic Furs. I've always loved those first couple Tom Verlaine solo albums after Television went on their 25 year hiatus. And the Blasters! Great stuff, along with early X. Lucinda Williams s/t is a big favorite too. And on and on ...