Throughout the month of February, the MGK Top 20 will highlight the Greatest Albums of the 80s – as voted by YOU! Listen for daily blocks at 9am and 2pm, plus a full album side at 7pm. Check back here each day as we reveal where your favorites rank on the list…
20. Foreigner – 4
Released July 2nd, 1981, the fourth studio album by Foreigner rose to #1 on the Billboard charts and stayed there for 10 weeks.
19. Journey – Escape
Released in 1981, the seventh and most successful studio album by Journey spawned 6 singles and sold over 12 million copies worldwide, placing it solidly in the Greatest Albums of the 80s.
#18. The Police – Synchronicity
Released in June 1983, reached #1 on the US album charts, selling over 8 million copies and receiving five Grammy nominations.
#17. John Lennon and Yoko Ono – Double Fantasy
A collaboration between husband and wife, this was released in November 1980 only three weeks before Lennon’s death. The album went on to win the Grammy for Album of the Year and became a worldwide commercial success.
#16. Peter Gabriel – So
“So”, released in May 1986, was Gabriel’s most successful solo effort and resulted in five singles including the lead track “Sledgehammer”. It became a #1 hit with its innovative music video, winning nine MTV music video awards.
#15. Rush – Moving Pictures
Released in February 1981, this is the 8th studio album by the Canadian band, and their biggest, selling with over 4 million copies sold in the United States.
#14. ZZ Top – Eliminator
Eliminator was recorded in Tennessee and released in March 1983. With this album the band stepped into the MTV music video arena with singles “Gimme All Your Lovin”, “Legs” and “Sharp Dressed Man”. The popularity of the videos helped make Eliminator into ZZ Top’s biggest album, with over 10 million copies sold in the U.S.
#13. Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms
Although released on vinyl in 1985, the album was a full digital recording designed for the CD market, the first album ever to sell 1 million copies and outsell the LP version. The music video for “Money For Nothing” became a staple on MTV. The album went on to spend nine weeks at #1 in the US and sell more than 30 million copies worldwide.
#12. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – Against the Wind
Seger’s only #1 album, spending six weeks at the top and gracing the band with a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal after was released in February 1980.
#11. The Rolling Stones – Tattoo You
Released in August 1981, this Stones album started as a collection of old recordings from prior sessions. After some dusting off and polishing up, the band was able to put out a hugely successful album that went on to be their last #1 album, and it stayed at the top of the charts for nine weeks.
#10. Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet
Released in August of 1986, it was Bon Jovi’s third studio album and a huge and immediate success producing three top 10 hits. Two of those hits reached #1, elevating these local hard rock/glam metal New Jersey boys into superstars.
#9. Bruce Springsteen – The River
This double album from Springsteen was produced by Jon Landau, Springsteen, and his bandmate Steven Van Zandt. The River was his first to go #1 on the Billboard 200 and spent four weeks at the top of that chart. The album was nominated for Best Rock Vocal Performance at the 1982 Grammy Awards.
More albums will be unveiled until we reach #1!