Rolling Stone Readers Pick the 10 Best Albums of the Eighties

U2, Prince, Bruce Springsteen and more named to the list

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1. U2 - 'The Joshua Tree'

Last weekend we asked our readers to name their favorite albums of the Eighties. Unlike previous reader polls, this was a close race – but the winner is U2's The Joshua Tree. Produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, The Joshua Tree turned U2 into one of the biggest bands in the world. Massive hits "Where The Streets Have No Name," "With Or Without You" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" were all over the radio for well over a year and by the end of their 1987 tour U2 was playing stadiums. "On this record the one thing we wanted to do was be more in focus," The Edge told Rolling Stone shortly before the album came out in 1987. "The songs should be more condensed, the kernel of each piece a bit harder, denser, a bit meatier."

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