Big hair and even bigger budgets. Larger-than-life personalities and cult icons who started unlikely revolutions in their own quiet ways… The 80s were responsible for some of music’s greatest excesses and its worst fashion crimes. The best 80s albums, however, prove it was also a decade in which musicians took pop experimentation to greater heights than ever before, forging new paths for future generations to follow.
Listen to the best of the 80s here, and check out our best 80s albums, below.
20: Dire Straits: ‘Brothers In Arms’ (1985)
Most famous for their breakout hit, Sultans Of Swing, British rock legends Dire Straits released Brothers In Arms to critical and commercial acclaim right in the middle of the 80s. The first million-selling CD album, to this day it remains one of the best-selling albums in British history, and has sold over 30 million copies since its release.
Brothers In Arms also holds the claim of being one of the first albums recorded on Sony’s 24-track digital recording machine, a new technology at the time, landing the band a Grammy award for Best Engineered Album the following year.
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