Music News: What were the best albums of the '80s?

by

Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth's 'Daydream Nation' has been unseated, in the view of the Pitchfork editors, as the best album of the 1980s. (courtesy the artists)
Play/Pause
Listen:
What were the best albums of the '80s?
Download MP3
| 00:10:00

Above, listen to an episode of The Current's daily Music News podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, or wherever else you get your podcasts.


Pitchfork has just published a new list of the best albums of the '80s. Music fans love to debate lists, and they're finding it particularly interesting to compare this list to Pitchfork's last list tallying '80s releases, published in 2002.

The big takeaway is that the decade's pop — and, ahem, music made by women and artists of color — is garnering a new appreciation. Prince jumps from number 12 to number one, his Purple Rain displacing Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation. In 2002, neither Janet Jackson nor Madonna had an album in the top 100.

Now, Jackson has two albums in the top 30, and Madonna's in the top 100 twice with Like a Prayer and her self-titled debut. Artists like Cyndi Lauper and George Michael are now in the top 100, and Michael Jackson's Thriller vaults from number 27 to number 2.

One thing hasn't changed: except for Lucinda Williams, Pitchfork turns up its nose at '80s country.

Dreamville Festival cancelled

J. Cole's Dreamville Festival has been canceled due to the impending arrival on Hurricane Florence on the east coast of the United States. The festival was scheduled to take place this weekend for 30,000 fans in Raleigh, North Carolina, with a lineup including Big Sean, SZA, Young Thug, and Nelly; Hurricane Florence is expected to slam the region on Thursday.

"Mannn. Due to this Hurricane heading to NC, we have to cancel Dreamville Festival," tweeted the rapper. "We're working to get another date, but right now safety is most important." (Rolling Stone)

Jack White announces new concert film, EP

Jack White has announced a new concert film and EP. Jack White: Kneeling at The Anthem D.C. will be released as a video and accompanying EP on Sept. 21, exclusively via Amazon. The concert was recorded this past May. (Paste)

Misfits tease reunion

The Misfits are teasing a new show featuring their classic lineup. Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein reunited in 2016 for their first show in three decades, and they've played just a handful of shows since then. A tweet from Live Nation Chicago, referencing the Misfits song "All Hell Breaks Loose," suggests that a Windy City show might be announced in the near future. (Consequence of Sound)

SoundCloud launches custom discovery playlist

SoundCloud has launched a customized weekly music-discovery playlist to compete with Spotify's popular customized "Discover Weekly" playlist. "SoundCloud Weekly draws from our global creator community to deliver a simple, personalized music experience that connects more creators with new listeners than ever before," said SoundCloud CEO Kerry Trainor in a statement.

SoundCloud is touting the fact that compared to Spotify and other major streaming services, it has a much larger music library: 180 million tracks, compared to 45 million on Apple Music and 35 million on Spotify. (Rolling Stone)

Nicki Minaj plays with puppets

In her song "Barbie Dreams" from her new album Queen, Nicki Minaj runs through a long list of rappers who want to hook up with her, and explains why none of them can. In a new video for the song, a colorful Minaj dances with puppet versions of DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne, and Tekashi69. (MTV)


Songs sampled in podcast
Jahzzar: "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0)
BoxCat Games: "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0)
Misfits: "All Hell Breaks Loose"
Kate Bush: "Hounds of Love"
Nicki Minaj: "Barbie Dreams"


comments powered by Disqus