8. The Clash - 'London Calling'
This double LP came out in December 1979 in England, but it didn't hit stores across the Atlantic until January of 1980 – so by the skin of its teeth London Calling is an Eighties album. It hardly matters; this would be one of the greatest albums of any decade. The Clash were reaching beyond the confines of punk when they made the album, and this was the last moment when they truly functioned as a band. The result is one of the only double LPs in history without a single weak link – from the opening power of "London Calling" through the radio friendly pop of "Train In Vain." The Clash were supposedly months away from reuniting at the 2003 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony when Joe Strummer died of a heart attack.