A lot is made of popular music from the 1980’s. Perhaps too much. But some incredibly underrated music really gets lost in the love affair with the 80’s. I’m here today to declare my love for 80’s music and remind you of some forgotten gems of the decade. While there were some incredible releases during that decade, not all of them got their due credit.
These harken back to the days where I abandoned the vinyl club and joined the world of cassettes. I’ve since started correcting that (and recommend you consider the same).
Here are a few of my favorite underrated albums from the ’80s:
The Smiths – The Queen is Dead
This album was released in 1986 and is often considered to be one of the greatest albums ever made. However, it didn’t receive much attention when it first came out, which is why we consider it to be underrated.
R.E.M. – Murmur
Released in 1983, this album was R.E.M.’s debut studio release. It’s often considered to be one the best alternative rock albums ever released and is ranked #451 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It didn’t do well in the charts and is still hugely underrated.
The Pixies – Doolittle
This 1989 album was a major turning point for The Pixies thanks to songs like “Here Comes Your Man” and “Gouge Away”. It’s widely considered to be one of the greatest alternative rock albums ever recorded (and was ranked #212 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time). But it was largely ignored when it came out and is still underrated today.
The Cure – Disintegration
Released in 1989, this album is often considered to be one of The Cure’s best albums. It was their eighth studio album and it achieved great commercial success, reaching number three on the UK Albums Chart. However, it didn’t receive as much critical acclaim as some of their other work and is often overshadowed by albums like “Pornography” and “Seventeen Seconds”.
Depeche Mode – Music for the Masses
Released in 1987, this album was Depeche Mode’s sixth studio release. It reached number six on the Billboard 200 and spawned four singles: “Strangelove”, “Never Let Me Down Again”, “Behind the Wheel” and “Little 15”. This album is often considered to be one of their best work, but it didn’t receive much attention when it was released.
The Replacements – Tim
Released in 1985, this album was The Replacements’ fourth studio release. It’s often seen as a transitional album that helped them move from hardcore punk into more melodic territory. Although not appreciated upon its initial release (receiving poor reviews), it has since come to be regarded by some critics as an important album within their discography and alternative rock history at large.
These are just a few of the most underrated albums from the 1980’s. What are some of your favorites? Let me know what I missed!