Best Of The Year

NME’s best albums and tracks of 1979

Albums Of The Year 1 Talking Heads Fear Of Music 2Public Image Ltd Metal Box 3Joy Division Unknown Pleasures 4The Jam Settings Sons 5Gang Of Four Entertainment 6Elvis Costello Armed Forces 7Ian Dury Do It Yourself 8The Clash London Calling 9Graham Parker Squeezing...

NME’s best albums and tracks of 1980

Albums Of The Year 1 Joy Division Closer 2Elvis Costello Get Happy!! 3The Beat I Just Can’t Stop It 4Black Uhuru Sinsemilla 5Holger Czukay Movies 6Talking Heads Remain In Light 7Echo And The Bunnymen Crocodiles 8Ry Cooder Borderline 9David Bowie Scary Monsters And...

NME’s best albums and tracks of 1981

Albums Of The Year 1 Grace Jones Nightclubbing 2Kraftwerk Computer World 3Black Uluru Red 4The Beat Wha’ppen 5Heaven 17 Penthouse And Pavement 6The Human League Dare 7Elvis Costello Trust 8DAF Alles Ist Gut 9Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca 10Kid Creole & The Coconuts Fresh Fruit In...

NME’s best albums and tracks of 1982

Albums Of The Year 1 Marvin Gaye Midnight Love 2Elvis Costello Imperial Ballroom 3ABC The Lexicon Of Love 4The Clash Combat Rock 5Dexys Midnight Runners Too Rye Aye 6Yazoo Upstairs At Eric’s 7Donald Fagen The Nightfly 8King Sunny Ade Juju Music 9Shalamar Friends 10Gregory...

NME’s best albums and tracks of 1983

Albums Of The Year 1 Elvis Costello Punch The Clock 2Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones 3Billy Bragg Life’s A Riot With Spy Vs Spy 4Soft Cell The Art Of Falling Apart 5Michael Jackson Thriller 6Yellow You Gotta Say Yes...

NME’s best albums and tracks of 1984

Albums Of The Year 1 Bobby Womack Poet II 2Bruce Springsteen Born In The USA 3Special AKA In The Studio 4Womack & Womack Love Wars 5Scott Walker Climate Of Hunter 6Billy Bragg Brewing Up With Billy Bragg 7REM The...

NME’s best albums and tracks of 1985

Albums Of The Year 1 Tom Waits Rain Dogs 2The Jesus And Mary Chain Psychocandy 3The Velvet Underground VU 4Prefab Sprout Steve McQueen 5Madness Mad Not Mad 6The Fall This Nation’s Saving Grace 7Sam Cooke Live At The Harlem...

NME’s best albums and tracks of 1986

Albums Of The Year 1 Prince And The Revolution Parade 2Anita Baker Rapture 3Janet Jackson Control 4Sonic Youth Evol 5Cameo Word Up 6Paul Simon Graceland 7The Fall Bend Sinister 8Run DMC Raisin’ Hell 9The Smiths The Queen Is Dead 10Mantronix The Album Youssou N'Dour -...

NME’s best albums and tracks of 1987

Albums Of The Year 1 Public Enemy Yo! Bum Rush The Show 2Prince Sign O’ The Times 3The Smiths Strangeways. Here We Come 4Sonic Youth Sister 5Tom Waits Frank’s Wild Years 6U2 The Joshua Tree 7Scott La Rock Criminal...

NME’s best albums and tracks of 1988

Albums Of The Year 1 Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back 2Van Morrison And The Chieftans Irish Heartbeat 3REM Green 4Morrissey Viva Hate 5The Todd Terry Project To The...
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