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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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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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10. Metallica – ‘Master Of Puppets’

With the release of 1986's Master Of Puppets Metallica were transformed from a cult thrash-metal band to the most popular group in the history of the genre. It's also their final abum with bassist Cliff Burton – and to many fans it's the band's high-water mark. In 2006 the group celebrated their 25th anniversary by playing the disc straight through on their European tour, but the title track hasn't budged from the setlist since the first time they played it. When Rick Rubin began working with the band on their newest LP Death Magnetic he told them to get back into the same mindset they had when they made Master Of Puppets.