• Debosmita Dutta

The 80s Hitlist

Want to revisit the nostalgia of the hit 80s? Here are some amazing albums to feast your senses on.

Too Low For Zero by Elton John (1983)

Biggest Hit : I'm Still Standing

Co-written completely with Bernie Taupin (once again), the seventeenth studio record of Elton John brought him huge success in the summer of '83. Although the rockstar doesn't look back too fondly on the release of this record, songs like “I’m Still Standing”, “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues”, “Crystal” and “Kiss The Bride” have all become important parts of 80s music discography.

Spotify link to album : https://link.tospotify.com/ZFB0Uf5NRbb

YouTube link to album : https://music.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_nucifhWw_qi5xWr37Z5MDGmH6Sapy8hgk

Whitney Houston by Whitney Houston (1985)

Biggest hit : Greatest Love Of All

The powerful vocalist's debut album had spent two years in the top 100 of the ARIA music charts and helped her carve out her name in the industry. Songs like "Good Love", "Thinking About You" and "Someone For Me" earned her global recognition and the record was the first step in making Whitney the legend she turned out to be.

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YouTube link: https://music.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_nYgSgAhFoQX3n7YB3qkH03XyrzoAD0b6o

Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits (1985)

Biggest hit : Money For Nothing

This band is known better through the covers of their original songs by other artists (Romeo And Juliet by The Killers is originally by Dire Straits). However, Brothers In Arms is a gem from the eighties that's often lost in the (quite literally) glam world of popular rock music. Money For Nothing might be the biggest hit from this record but the title track remains an absolute favourite.

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YouTube link : https://music.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_lwJAU2kiSDJ0OxBfFQ_Te5twos6BkzXKI

Tango In The Night by Fleetwood Mac

Biggest hit : Seven Wonders

Matty Healy (from The 1975) had said that Notes On A Conditional Form was inspired by this beautiful record and listening to this masterpiece once is proof enough. With Christine and Stevie's powerful vocals and strong lyrical magic from the band, each track from Tango In The Night could be a hit all by themselves. Although this record couldn't outdo the success of Rumours, it comes a close second — both musically and by popularity.

Spotify link : https://link.tospotify.com/ZlNpilNPRbb

YouTube link: https://music.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_muSXUaKQfDXPFgtUwHGIMNRFBrNV6LwP0

And Justice For All by Metallica (1988)

Biggest hit : Blackened

Metallica's fourth studio record was, to put it mildly, their most fascinating eighties record. It swung between slick and complex; it was the point where the progressive metal streak that had been fighting to be visible in Master Of Puppets rose to the surface. It was marked by labyrinthine song structures, memorable riff motifs and dizzying changes and continuation of tracks. The 80s was when Metallica ruled and this was arguably their greatest record.

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YouTube link: https://music.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_nfjkUKQYiXmHeIHk7GQCusIF9dMqnGgmU

Hysteria by Def Leppard (1987)

Biggest hit : Love Bites, Pour Some Sugar On Me

The fact that Thriller (by Michael Jackson) is missing from this list is due to Hysteria being on here. Often conceived as "hard rock's answer to Thriller", Hysteria had delivered in every sense. Each track is a potential hit single and has an interesting story behind it. Six of the twelve tracks were top 20 US singles. Produced by Mutt Lange and powered by the anthemic choruses of Def Lappard, this was the biggest record in the band's career.

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YouTube link: https://music.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_lFGV4xlg_0G0533OkuIiDVoXKGT5AnF9A

Love At First Sting by The Scorpions (1984)

Biggest hit : Rock You Like A Hurricane

Love At First Sting is a record that hardly gets anything wrong. It is a classic Scorpions record made at the top of their game. It is packed with high quality songs : ones that became popular with Americans while retaining their European roots, songs that sounded as amazing on stage as they sounded while being recorded. It's difficult to explain why the record is such a favourite. But I guess with songs like Bad Boys Running Wild, Coming Home and the heartfelt ballad Still Loving You present on a record, nobody can deny the greatness of this record.

Spotify link: https://link.tospotify.com/VRrmH7KTRbb

YouTube link: https://music.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_l2t1f5HUQ42namM1zCe-NggcORdQkKVKo

Powerslave by Iron Maiden (1984)

Biggest hit : Aces High, 2 Minutes To Midnight

If their '88 record Seventh Son was a flawless concept record, Powerslave is better than perfect. Aces High and 2 Minutes To Midnight are razor-sharp and succinct metal tracks that set the feels for the whole record. This album has the greatest things that make Iron Maiden : bassist Steve Harris’ almost 14-minute adaptation of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem "The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner", the songs that sent them on their famous World Slavery tour AND the greatest artwork.

Spotify link: https://link.tospotify.com/ch44W2DRRbb

YouTube link: https://music.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_nBUJ1bMD9H4LrZpfjTm1acriQatNs6u6c

Back In Black by AC/DC (1980)

Biggest hit : Back In Black

When you say eighties, you mean classic rock and Back In Black by AC/DC. There's no two ways about it. Angus described Back In Black as “our tribute to Bon”, but it became so much more than that : it was the biggest-selling album of AC/DC’s career and the second biggest selling record after Thriller. It is arguably the greatest hard rock record with not a single track you would skip. Out of sheer tragedy, came this piece of perfection. It is filled with classics, songs that you listen to when you're being inducted into the hard rock zone — Shoot To Thrill, What Do You Do For Money Honey, Back In Black, You Shook Me All Night Long and Have A Drink On Me. Banking on a stroke of genius by producer Mutt Lange and thriving on the sense of loss and nostalgia (of losing Bon), the band delivered one of the greatest records in music history.

Spotify link: https://link.tospotify.com/IvzgYtjSRbb

YouTube link: https://music.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_lJO5TBwK9jzBgzGQyWiuCsJ4HhTYWA378

Appetite For Destruction by Guns N Roses (1987)

Biggest hits : Paradise City, Sweet Child O' Mine

GNR were described as a band with the power of the tortured genius of a frontman and with a brand new guitar hero obsessed with top hats. Appetite For Destruction is the biggest-selling debut album and propelled GNR into the spotlight. The band revolutionised the sound of late eighties rock and this record captured the raw creativity of new artists before iconisation and fame snuff out their embers. Their songs became the blueprint for hundreds of West Hollywood bands and the record ran gamut from a heartfelt ballad(Sweet Child O’ Mine) to all-out anthems for a new rock sound in Paradise City and Mr Brownstone. Other noteworthy songs are Welcome To The Jungle and Rocket Queen.

Spotify link: https://link.tospotify.com/VZfOYFwSRbb

YouTube link: https://music.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_m0G4IUkFneZSc71amX2W4bRk1_vac8Ud4

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