After looking at five brilliant but underrated albums from the 1970s it's time to jump forward a decade. Here are five awesome albums from the 1980s this time. These were also underrated in my view and I’d highly recommend each and every one of them for a listen.
There was a lot going on in the world in the 1980s with famine in Africa followed by Live Aid and the fall of the Berlin Wall. There was the emergence of the internet, MTV, CDs, and AIDS. We saw wars and terrorism, outer space revisited, smallpox eradicated, and the Chernobyl disaster.
A decade of ups and downs. And that's matched by the music at times too, with plenty of highs and lows. Music continued to develop with electronic dance, a later new wave, and young romantics all coming to the fore. Although there was plenty of doom and gloom there was a much brighter feel to a lot of the music too.
The 1980s saw many new bands and debut albums
Bands came and went. We also saw the emergence of many great new artists in the 1980s. U2, REM, The Eurythmics, Bon Jovi, Depeche Mode, Guns N’ Roses, and New Order all being just some of the big-name artists with debut albums that decade. And of course, The Rolling Stones just kept on rolling, like they still do!
The five underrated albums here are all bright, lively, upbeat and brilliant. Each stands out as excellent examples of the artist's music. The albums were all reasonably successful, though some much more than others. Let’s take a closer look at them.