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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9. The Cure - 'Disintegration'

In an early episode of South Park Kyle Brofloski expressed a rare musical opinion: "Disintegration is the best album ever!” He may have been giddy over Robert Smith's recent defeat of the evil Mecha-Streisand, but the sentiment has been shared by goths and non-goths for over 20 years. The Cure had been active for over a decade when the album came out, but recent hits like "Just Like Heaven" had pulled them in a slighter poppier direction. With 1989's Disintegration they turned back to the gloomier sounds of their early work, even as "Pictures Of You" and "Lovesong" became radio staples. They remain active to this day – and in 1992 scored a huge hit with "Friday I'm In Love" – but they never quite connected again like they did on Disintegration.

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