Andre Gardner

At the same time the NFL players’ strike shortened the season, the first commercially available CD player was sold in Japan ($730 at the time), and Lefty became the first pitcher to win 4 Cy Young Awards, these were the top 10 rock albums that were blasting out of our speakers.

  • 10. Combat Rock - The Clash

    The Clash had planned to release another double album, their third in a row, before whittling it down to a single and renaming it Combat Rock. It’s #10 on the countdown.

  • 9. Get Lucky - Loverboy

    Loverboy got a big boost with this album, supporting it with a tour opening for Journey! Get Lucky was their biggest seller of all, and was the #9 rock album on October 27, 1982.

  • 8. The Nylon Curtain - Billy Joel

    According to Billy Joel, this next album, his eighth, is the one he’s most proud of making. It took him over a year to record The Nylon Curtain, and not only was it a success from a chart standpoint, but it also picked up a Grammy nomination for Album Of The Year. On its way to peaking at #7, it’s #8 this week.

  • 7. Signals - Rush

    It would have been easy for Rush to follow up their most successful album, Moving Pictures, with a carbon copy. Instead, they continued to develop their sound, using more synthesizers in the arrangements. The result was Signals, which peaked here at #7.

  • 6. It's Hard - The Who

    Up next was the last Who album made with both John Entwistle and Kenny Jones. It’s Hard peaked here at #6 on October 27, 1982, and here’s Pete taking a rare lead vocal on “Eminence Front.”

  • 5. Eye In The Sky - Alan Parsons Project

    For many years, Alan Parsons was a recording engineer and producer before jumping over to the other side of the glass to become a recording artist in his own right. His sixth album with the Alan Parsons Project was Eye In the Sky, one of the earliest rock albums to be digitally mixed. It’s #5 on our countdown.

  • 4. Emotions In Motion - Billy Squier

    The long awaited followup to Billy Squier’s breakthrough album Don’t Say No did not disappoint. Emotions In Motion sold two million copies and peaked here at #4 on October 27, 1982.

  • 3. Abracadabra - Steve Miller Band

    Steve Miller was known for waiting years between albums in the 70s, which is why it was a bit of a surprise when this next album came out, Abracadabra, just eight months after his previous album, Circle Of Love. It peaked at #3 on October 27, 1982, and gave Steve another #1 single, the title track.

  • 2. Mirage - Fleetwood Mac

    After recovering from their Tusk album and world tour, Fleetwood Mac gathered at the Chateau D’Herouville, in the south of France, and where Elton John made Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and made Mirage, the #2 rock album on October 27, 1982.

  • 1. American Fool - John Cougar (Mellencamp)

    At the top of the charts this week is the fifth album by this legendary American rocker. It was his breakthrough as a solo artist, hitting #1, staying there for nine weeks, and allowing him to start using his real name! #1 on October 27, 1982 was AAmerican Fool by John Cougar (Mellencamp).

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