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The Best Albums 1980-2006

OK, they're just my personal choices but the following list gives you at least an indication of where my music tastes are at. I was only 5 at the turn of the 80s and even though I'm still discovering music from earlier than this period I'm not sure I can do justice to it yet. Please note, I occasionally make changes to this list as I catch up on releases from previous years.

Shortcuts for specific years:-

1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989

1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006



Comsat Angels, The - Waiting For A Miracle

Joy Division - Closer

Modern English - Mesh And Lace

Monochrome Set, The - The Strange Boutique

Teardrop Explodes, The - Kilimanjaro



Comsat Angels, The - Sleep No More

Durutti Column - LC

Kraftwerk - Computer World

Orchestral Manouevres In The Dark - Architecture & Morality

Siouxsie And The Banshees - JuJu

Soft Cell - Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret

The Sound - From The Lion's Mouth



Associates - Sulk

China Crisis - Difficult Shapes And Passive Rhythms : Some People Think It's Fun To Entertain

Comsat Angels, The - Fiction

Elvis Costello And The Attractions - Imperial Bedroom

Fagen, Donald - The Nightfly

Rowland, Kevin & Dexys Midnight Runners - Too-Rye-Ay

Thorn, Tracey - A Distant Shore



Blue Nile, The - A Walk Across The Rooftops

Chameleons, The - Script Of The Bridge

Cocteau Twins - Head Over Heels

Durutti Column - Another Setting

Echo And The Bunnymen - Porcupine

Eyeless In Gaza - Rust Red September

New Order - Power, Corruption & Lies

Tears For Fears - The Hurting

The The - Soul Mining

This Mortal Coil - It'll End In Tears

Watt, Ben - North Marine Drive



Cole, Lloyd And The Commotions - Rattlesnakes

Depeche Mode - Some Great Reward

Echo And The Bunnymen - Ocean Rain

Lotus Eaters, The - No Sense Of Sin

Orange Juice - Texas Fever

Prefab Sprout - Swoon

Room, The - In Evil Hour

Sylvian, David - Brilliant Trees

U2 - The Unforgettable Fire



Breathless - The Glass Bead Game

Bush, Kate - Hounds Of Love

China Crisis - Flaunt The Imperfection

Killing Joke - Night Time

New Order - Low-Life

Prefab Sprout - Steve McQueen

Scritti Politti - Cupid & Psyche 85



Cocteau Twins - Victorialand

New Order - Brotherhood

Talk Talk - The Colour Of Spring

XTC - Skylarking



Christians, The - The Christians

Jesus And Mary Chain, The - Darklands

That Petrol Emotion - Babble

Triffids, The - Calenture



All About Eve - All About Eve

A. R. Kane - 'Sixty Nine'

Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll

For Against - December

Momus - Tender Pervert

Morrissey - Viva Hate

Pet Shop Boys - Introspective

Prefab Sprout - From Langley Park To Memphis

Talk Talk - Spirit Of Eden



A. R. Kane - 'i'

Blue Nile, The - Hats

Kitchens Of Distinction - Love Is Hell

New Order - Technique

Prefab Sprout - Protest Songs

Shelleyan Orphan - Century Flower

Stone Roses, The - The Stone Roses

Sundays, The - Reading, Writing And Arithmetic



Beloved, The - Happiness

Cocteau Twins - Heaven Or Las Vegas

Depeche Mode - Violator

Fall, The - Extricate

Happy Mondays, The - Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches

Jellyfish - Bellybutton

Kitchens Of Distinction - Strange Free World

La's, The - The La's

Pet Shop Boys - Behaviour

Prefab Sprout - Jordan The Comeback



Breathless - Between Happiness And Heartache

Eg & Alice - 24 Years Of Hunger

Fall, The - Shift-Work

Massive Attack - Blue Lines

My Bloody Valentine - Loveless

Nirvana - Nevermind

P.M. Dawn - Of The Heart, Of The Soul And Of The Cross: The Utopian Experience

Talk Talk - Laughing Stock

U2 - Achtung Baby



Comsat Angels - My Minds Eye

Cranberries, The - Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?

Cure, The - Wish

Fall, The - Code Selfish

Kitchens Of Distinction - The Death Of Cool

Laibach - Kapital

Lang, K. D. - Ingénue

Momus - The Ultraconformist

Momus - Voyager

Pale Saints - In Ribbons



Auteurs, The - New Wave

Björk - Debut

Boo Radleys, The - Giant Steps

Chicane - Firebombs

Cocteau Twins - Four Calendar Café

Depeche Mode - Songs Of Faith And Devotion

Devlins, The - Drift

Divine Comedy, The - Liberation

En Vogue - Funky Divas

Momus - Timelord

P.M.Dawn - Jesus Wept

Slowdive - Souvlaki



Bark Psychosis - Hex

Cardigans, The - Emmerdale

Collins, Edwyn - Gorgeous George

Cranes, The - Loved

dEUS - Worst Case Scenario

Electronic - Electronic

Hall, Terry - Home

Kitchens Of Distinction - Cowboys And Aliens

Lush - Split

Massive Attack - Protection

Morrissey - Vauxhall And I

Nordenstam, Stina - And She Closed Her Eyes

Orbital - Snivilisation

Portishead - Dummy

Pulp - His 'N' Hers

Suede - Dog Man Star

Wolfgang Press - Funky Little Demons



Björk - Post

Cardigans, The - Life

Earthling - Radar

Matthews, Eric - It's Heavy In Here

Molly Half Head - Dunce

Momus - The Philosophy Of Momus

Octopus - From A To B

Radiohead - The Bends

Slowdive - Pygmalion

Stereolab - Music For The Amorphous Body Study Centre

Swervedriver - Ejector Seat Reservation

Tindersticks - Tindersticks

Whipping Boy - Heartworm



Aloof, The - Sinking

Babybird - Ugly Beautiful

Beck - Odelay

Blue Nile, The - Peace At Last

Bluetones, The - Expecting To Fly

Boo Radleys, The - C'Mon Kids

Cardigans, The - First Band On The Moon

Cocteau Twins - Milk And Kisses

Divine Comedy, The - Casanova

Earl Brutus - Your Majesty... We Are Here

Eels - Beautiful Freak

808 State - Don Solaris

Everything But The Girl - Walking Wounded

His Name Is Alive - Stars On ESP

Jack - Pioneer Soundtracks

Manic Street Preachers, The - Everything Must Go

Placebo - Placebo

Puressence - Puressence

Sneaker Pimps - Becoming X

Strangelove - Love And Other Demons



Alpha - Come From Heaven

Ben Folds Five - Whatever And Ever Amen

Dawn Of The Replicants - One Head, Two Arms, Two Legs

Depeche Mode - Ultra

Experimental Pop Band - Discgrotesque

Gene - Drawn To The Deep End

Geneva - Further

Labradford - Mi Media Naranja

Mansun - Attack Of The Grey Lantern

Prefab Sprout - Andromeda Heights

Radiohead - OK Computer

Ragga And The Jack Magic Orchestra - Ragga And The Magic Orchestra

ROC - Virgin

Scarfo - Luxury Plane Crash

Stereolab - Dots And Loops

Strangelove - Strangelove

Sundays, The - Static & Silence



Aloof, The - Seeking Pleasure

Babybird - There's Something Going On

Blake, Perry - Perry Blake

Cardigans, The - Gran Turismo

Cornelius - Fantasma

Devlins, The - Waiting

Eels - Electro-Shock Blues

Gastr Del Sol - Gastr Del Sol

Hood - Rustic Houses And Forlorn Valleys

Kent - Isola

Manic Street Preachers - This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours

Mercury Rev - Deserter's Songs

Pecadiloes, The - Caught On Venus

Placebo - Without You I'm Nothing

Puressence - Only Forever

Six.By Seven - The Things We Make

Smashing Pumpkins, The - Adore



Ben Folds Five - The Unauthorized Biography Of Reinhold Messner

Breathless - Blue Moon

Dawn Of The Replicants - Wrong Town, Wrong Planet, Three Hours Late

dEUS - The Ideal Crash

Experimental Pop Band, The - Homesick

Flaming Lips, The - The Soft Bulletin

Garbarek, Anja - Balloon Mood

Hood - The Cycle Of Days And Seasons

Luscious Jackson - Electric Honey

Merz - Merz

Mogwai - Come On Die Young

Scritti Politti - Anomie & Bonhomie

Sneaker Pimps - Splinter



A-ha - Minor Earth | Major Sky

Badly Drawn Boy - The Hour Of Bewilderbeast

Death Cab For Cutie - We Have The Facts And We're Voting Yes

Doves - Lost Souls

Elbow - Asleep In The Back

Experimental Pop Band, The - The Tracksuit Trilogy

Geneva - Weather Underground

Hyplar - Artificially Flavoured

Labradford - Fixed::Context

Lisp - Cycles

Mansun - Little Kix

McCue, Anne - Amazing Ordinary Things

Montgolfier Brothers, The - Seventeen Stars

Piano Magic - Artists' Rifles

Radiohead - Kid A

Rialto - Girl On A Train

Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun

Sea And Cake, The - Oui

Tarwater - Animals, Suns & Atoms

Ulver - Perdition City

Yellow6 - Overtone



Arnold - Bahama

Avalanches, The - Since I Left You

Björk - Vespertine

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - B.R.M.C.

Chameleons, The - Why Call It Anything

Chikinki - Experiment With Mother

Desert Hearts - Let's Get Worse

Divine Comedy, The - Regeneration

Hawley, Richard - Richard Hawley

Hawley, Richard - Late Night Final

Hood - Cold House

King Louis - Generation I Want

King Of Woolworths - Ming Star

Kings Of Convenience - Quiet Is The New Loud

Lift To Experience - The Texas Jerusalem Crossroads

Lotus Eaters, The - Silentspace

Mercury Rev - All Is Dream

Theselah - No Sleep, More Fun

Travis - The Invisible Band

(The Real) Tuesday Weld - When Cupid Meets Psyche



Beck - Sea Change

Boards Of Canada - Geogaddi

Coldplay - A Rush Of Blood To The Head

Delgados, The - Hate

Epic45 - Reckless Engineers

Faultline - Your Love Means Everything

Flaming Lips, The - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

For Against - Coalesced

Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights

July Skies - Dreaming Of Spires

Leaves - Breathe

Montgolfier Brothers, The - The World Is Flat

My Computer - Vulnerabilia

Phobos 3 - Melody For Sleep

Pony Club - Home Truths

Puressence - Planet Helpless

Portal/Yellow6 - -Split-

Radio 4 - Gotham!

Sand - Still Born Alive

Saso - Big Group Hug

Silence Kit - Silence Kit

Sneaker Pimps - Bloodsport

Snowblind - The Falls

Soft Cell - Cruelty Without Beauty

Styrofoam - I'm What's There To Show That Something's Missing

Theselah - Nice International



Black Moth Super Rainbow - Falling Through A Field

British Sea Power - The Decline Of British Sea Power

Broadcast - Haha Sound

Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It In People

Colder - Again

Dream Into Dust - The Lathe Of Heaven

Fiel Garvie - Leave Me Out Of This

Gahan, Dave - Paper Monsters

Goldfrapp - Black Cherry

Gramophone - Gramophone

Great Depression, The - Unconscious Pilot

Hawley, Richard - Lowedges

Her Space Holiday - The Young Machines

Immense - Hidden Between Sleeves

Keys, The - The Keys

Kirk, James - You Can Make It If You Boogie

Lansing-Dreiden - The Incomplete Triangle

Lowgold - Welcome To Winners

Medium 21 - Killings From The Dial

Meeting Places, The - Find Yourself Along The Way

Mountaineers - Messy Century

Piano Magic - The Troubled Sleep Of Piano Magic

Portal - Promise

Questionnaires, The - Arctic Circles

Re:Cooperation - TransCollaboration

Sweet Trip - Velocity : Design : Comfort

William Hut - Road Star Doolittle

Workhouse, The - The End Of The Pier

Yellow6 - Merry6mas2003



Adom - Idiot Savant

Argentine - In Other Fictions

Bark Psychosis - ///CODENAME:Dustsucker

Color Filter - Silent Way

Dawn Of The Replicants - The Extra Room

Dear, Matthew - Leave Luck To Heaven

Delays, The - Faded Seaside Glamour

Engineers - Folly

French Kicks - The Trial Of The Century

Girl Called Eddy, A - A Girl Called Eddy

Grand National - Kicking The National Habit

Junior Boys - Last Exit

Khonnor - Handwriting

Interpol - Antics

Keane - Hopes And Fears

Mice Parade - Obrigado Saudade

Organ, The - Grab That Gun

Radio Dept., The - Lesser Matters

Secret Machines - Now Here Is Nowhere

Stills, The - Logic Will Break Your Heart

This Is A Process Of A Still Life - This Is A Process Of A Still Life

Vladislav Delay - Demo(n) Tracks

Waiting Room - Catering For Headphones

Windsor For The Derby - We Fight Til Death



Ambulance Ltd - Ambulance Ltd

Burning Effigies, The - Pipe Dream

Colder - Heat

Coldplay - X&Y

Davis, Richard - Details

Diefenbach - Set & Drift

DK7 - Disarmed

Editors - The Back Room

Engineers - Engineers

Field Music - Field Music

Goldspot - Tally Of The Yes Men

Junkboy - Lost Parade

Merz - Loveheart

Michaels, Drayton - Low Stress In The Deep End

Misty Roses - Komodo Dragons

Motodestra - Motodestra

National, The - Alligator

Silent League, The - The Orchestra, Sadly, Has Refused

Skippy And The Bellbottoms - What Happened To Turn Signals?

Tahiti 80 - Fosbury

Thin Cities - Thin Cities

Vek, Tom - We Have Sound

Windsor For The Derby - Giving Up The Ghost



Angel Tech - Angel Tech

Beauty Room, The - The Beauty Room

Bossanova - Hey, Sugar

Captain - This Is Hazelville

Eisenhowers, The - Almost Half Undressed

Great Depression, The - Preaching To The Fire

Hot Chip - The Warning

Hotels - Thank You For Choosing...

In Civilian Clothing - We Made A Killing, We Made A Mess

Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye

Keane - Under The Iron Sea

Kennedy, Inigo - Transaction

Lansing-Dreiden - The Dividing Island

Mahogany - Connectivity!

Mystery Jets - Making Dens

O'Rourke, Declan - Since Kyabram

Radio Dept., The - Lesser Matters

Riding Paper Airplanes - Riding Paper Airplanes

Royce - Tuff Love

Televise - Songs To Sing In A & E

Walkmen, The - A Hundred Miles Off

Workhouse, The - Flyover

Yorke, Thom - The Eraser

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