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A US publication based in New York that polls up to 300 critics for their end of year lists. Considered the last word in music criticism. Album lists start at 1971. Singles and tracks from 1979. EP listings from 1981 to 1994.

Many Thanks To Jeff Brown in Toronto who supplied most of the '70's, '80's & '90's listings.











Village Voice Top Albums & Singles Of The 80's & 90's


The Top Singles and Top Albums of "1980's" and "1990's so far" is something I made myself. What I did was I took the votes for each album and single and divided them by the number of voters in each year so each album and single had a proportionate number of votes. Then I just ranked all the albums of the 1980s & 90's against each other and that gave me the best of the 1980s & 90's. I think it gives a good comparison of albums and singles from different years since an album that was #3 in 1980 (for example) might have less votes by proportion than an album that was #7 in 1985. Unfortunately, I only wrote down the votes for the first 10 albums and first 10 singles in each year so that's why the album list and singles list don't go to 100..... Jeff Brown

›› The 1990's

Village Voice - The 1980's

Albums Of The 1980's

Born In The USA

1. Bruce Springsteen - Born In The U.S.A.
2. Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain
3. The Clash - London Calling
4. Prince - Sign O' The Times
5. Michael Jackson - Thriller
6. Elvis Costello - Imperial Bedroom
7. Bruce Springsteen - The River
8. Paul Simon - Graceland
9. Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
10. R.E.M. - Murmur
11. Los Lobos - How Will The Wolf Survive?
12. Talking Heads - Little Creatures
13. Richard & Linda Thompson - Shoot Out The Lights
14. The Clash - Sandanista!
15. Talking Heads - Remain In Light
16. De La Soul - 3 Feet High And Rising
17. Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel Of Love
18. Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska
19. X - Wild Gift
20. Elvis Costello - Trust
21. The Replacements - Let It Be
22. The Replacements - Pleased To Meet Me
23. The Replacements - Tim
24. Talking Heads - Speaking In Tongues
25. Pretenders - Pretenders
26. X - More Fun In The New World
27. King Sunny Adé & His African Beats - Juju Music
28. Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
29. Tina Turner - Private Dancer
30. R.E.M. - Reckoning
31. Rolling Stones - Tattoo You
32. Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman
33. Elvis Costello - King Of America
34. Lou Reed - The Blue Mask
35. Public Image Ltd. - Second Edition
36. Neil Young - Freedom
37. U2 - The Joshua Tree
38. John Hiatt - Bring The Family
39. Prince - 1999
40. Lou Reed - New York
41. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Doc At The Radar Station
42. Pretenders - Learning To Crawl
43. Elvis Costello - Get Happy!!
44. Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade
45. John Cougar Mellencamp - Scarecrow
46. The English Beat - Special Beat Service
47. Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
48. The Robert Cray Band - Strong Persuader
49. Marvin Gaye - Midnight Love
50. Lou Reed - New Sensations
51. Neville Brothers - Yellow Moon
52. Artists United Against Apartheid - Sun City
53. Neneh Cherry - Raw Like Sushi
54. N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton
55. Rickie Lee Jones - Pirates
56. Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band - Live 1975/85
57. Run-D.M.C. - Raising Hell
58. The Police - Synchronicity
59. Hüsker Dü - Flip Your Wig
60. R.E.M. - Fables Of The Reconstruction
61. Beastie Boys - Licensed To Ill
62. Run-D.M.C. - Run-D.M.C.
63. Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual
64. Los Lobos - By The Light Of The Moon
65. Squeeze - East Side Story
66. Tom Verlaine - Dreamtime
67. John Cougar Mellencamp - The Lonesome Jubilee
68. Elvis Costello - Spike
69. Marshall Crenshaw - Marshall Crenshaw
70. X - Under The Big Black Sun
71. Stevie Wonder - Hotter Than July
72. The Mekons - The Mekons Rock 'N Roll
73. Peter Gabriel - So
74. Hüsker Dü - New Day Rising
75. Bangles - All Over The Place
76. Prince - Dirty Mind
77. R.E.M. - Document
78. R.E.M. - Life's Rich Pageant
79. Soul II Soul - Keep On Movin'
80. U2 - War
81. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Blood And Chocolate
82. Various Artists - The Indestructible Beat Of Soweto
83. Lou Reed - Legendary Hearts
84. XTC - Skylarking
85. Aretha Franklin - Who's Zoomin' Who?
86. Ramones - Too Tough To Die
87. Roxy Music - Avalon
88. John Fogerty - Centerfield
89. Prince - Controversy
90. Sam Cooke - Live At The Harlem Square Club
91. Pixies - Doolittle
92. Janet Jackson - Control
93. Hüsker Dü - Candy Apple Grey
94. Johnathan Richman & The Modern Lovers - Johnathan Sings!
95. Gang Of Four - Entertainment!
96. The Velvet Underground - VU
97. Hüsker Dü - Warehouse: Songs And Stories
98. Rick James - Street Songs
99. Ornette Coleman - In All Languages
100. Minutemen - Double Nickels On The Dime



Top Singles Of The 80's

The Message

1.Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message
2.Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing
3.Prince - When Doves Cry/17 Days
4.Artists United Against Apartheid - Sun City
5.Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
6.Run-D.M.C. - Walk This Way
7.The Police - Every Breath You Take
8.The Pretenders - Back On The Chain Gang
9.Bruce Springsteen - Dancing In The Dark/Pink Cadillac
10.Public Enemy - Fight The Power
11.Cameo - Word Up
12.Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance
13. Laurie Anderson - O Superman/Walk The Dog
13. Rolling Stones - Start Me Up
15.Prince & The Revolution - Kiss/Love Or Money
16.Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
17.Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It
18.Aretha Franklin - Freeway Of Love
19.The Clash - Rock The Casbah
20.Prince - Sign O' The Times
21.Suzanne Vega - Luka
22.Hüsker Dü - Eight Miles High
23.Prince - 1999/How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore?
24.Grandmaster Flash - The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel
25.Soft Cell - Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go?
26. Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force - Looking For The Perfect Beat
26. Prince - Little Red Corvette
28.Van Halen - Jump
29.John Fogerty - The Old Man Down The Road/Big Train (From Memphis)
30.Eddy Grant - Electric Avenue
31.Musical Youth - Pass The Dutchie
32.Los Lobos - La Bamba
33.Michael Jackson - Beat It
34.Soul II Soul - Keep On Movin'
35.Kurtis Blow - The Breaks
36. Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes
36. Yoko Ono - Walking On Thin Ice
38.Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force - Planet Rock
39.Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
40.Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
41.Hüsker Dü - Makes No Sense At All/Love Is All Around
42.Tom Tom Club - Genius Of Love
43.Ramones - Bonzo Goes To Bitburg
44. Prince - Let's Go Crazy/Erotic City
44. Rob Base & D.J. E-Z Rock - It Takes Two
46.Blondie - Call Me
47.Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel - White Lines (Don't Do It)
48.Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
49. Afrika Bambaataa & The Godfather Of Soul James Brown - Unity
49. Run-D.M.C. - Rock Box
51.Don Henley - The Boys Of Summer/A Month Of Sundays
52.Tone-Loc - Wild Thing
53. The Clash - Train In Vain/London Calling
53. Pretenders - Brass In Pocket
55.Pete Shelley - Homosapien
56.Chaka Khan - I Feel For You
57.Run-D.M.C. - It's Like That/Sucker MCs
58.Young M.C. - Bust A Move
59. ABC - The Look Of Love
59. Aretha Franklin - Jump To It
59. The Human League - Don't You Want Me
62. Eurythmics - Would I Lie To You?
62. Lisa Lisa And Cult Jam With Full Force - I Wonder If I Take You Home
64.Madonna - Like A Prayer
65.Stevie Wonder - Master Blaster (Jammin')
66.Doug E. Fresh And The Get Fresh Crew - The Show / La-Di-Da-Di
67. Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want To Have Fun
67. Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time
69.Prince - I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man / Hot Thing
70.Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child Of Mine
71.The B-52s - Love Shack
72.Funky Four Plus One - That's The Joint
73.Talking Heads - Burning Down The House
74.New Order - Temptation
75.U2 - Pride (In The Name Of Love)
76.Prince - Alphabet St.
77.Prince - Controversy
78.Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill
79.John Lennon - Just Like Starting Over / Yoko Ono - Kiss Kiss Kiss
80.M/A/A/R/S - Pump Up The Volume
81.Grace Jones - Pull Up To The Bumper
82.Elvis Costello - Everyday I Write The Book
83.Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning / The Dead Heart
84.Big Country - In A Big Country
85. Grateful Dead - Touch Of Grey
85. Bruce Springsteen - Brilliant Disguise / Lucky Man
85. R.E.M. - The One I Love
88.Madonna - Into The Groove
89.George Clinton - Atomic Dog
90. Taana Gardner - Heartbeat
90. Billy Idol With Gen X - Dancing With Myself
90. Teena Marie - Square Biz
90. Frankie Smith - Double Dutch Bus
94.Prince - U Got The Look / Housequake
95. Public Enemy - Don't Believe The Hype / Prophets Of Rage
95. Traveling Wilburys - Handle With Care
97. Dire Straits - Money For Nothing
97. Tom Petty - Free Fallin'
99.The Pretenders - Middle Of The Road / 2000 Miles
100.Gang Of Four - I Love A Man In A Uniform / Producer



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Village Voice - The 1990's

Albums Of The 90's


Nirvana


1. Nirvana - Nevermind
2. PJ Harvey - To Bring You My Love
3. Hole - Live Through This
4. Beck - Odelay
5. Liz Phair - Exile In Guyville
6. Neil Young - Ragged Glory
7. Lucinda Williams – Car Wheel on A Gravel Road
8. Arrested Development - 3 Years, 5 Months, And 2 Days In The Life Of...
9. Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
10. Bob Dylan - Time Out Of Mind
11. Sinéad O'Connor - I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
12. Nirvana - In Utero
13. Public Enemy - Fear Of A Black Planet
14. Radiohead - OK Computer
15. Moby - Play
16. Tricky - Maxinquaye
17. Public Enemy - Apocalypse '91...The Enemy Strikes Black
18. R.E.M. - Out Of Time
19. Pavement - Slanted And Enchanted
20. Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
21. Cornershop - When I Was Born For The 7th Time
22. Sleater-Kinney - Dig Me Out
23. R.E.M. - Automatic For The People
24. Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs
25. Bob Dylan – Live 1966
26. PJ Harvey - Dry
27. Fugees - The Score
28. Beck – Midnite Vultures
29. Billy Bragg and Wilco – Mermaid Avenue
30. The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin
31. Beastie Boys - Check Your Head
32. Los Lobos - Kiko
33. PJ Harvey - Rid Of Me
34. Sonic Youth - Goo
35. Yo La Tengo - I Can Feel The Heart Beating As One
36. U2 - Achtung Baby
37. R.E.M. – Monster
38. Tom Waits – Mule Variations
39. P.M. Dawn - Of The Heart, Of The Soul And Of The Cross: The Utopian Experience
40. Living Colour - Time's Up
41. The Breeders - Last Splash
42. Sleater-Kinney - Call The Doctor
43. Elliott Smith - XO
44. Sugar - Copper Blue
45. Nirvana - MTV Unplugged In New York
46. Ice Cube - AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted
47. Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott - Supa Dupa Fly
48. OutKast - Aquemini
49. Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Sleeps With Angels
50. Pet Shop Boys - Very
51. Sonic Youth - Dirty
52. Moby - Everything Is Wrong
53. Rage Against The Machine – The Battle Of Los Angeles
54. Erykah Badu - Baduizm
55. DJ Shadow - Endtroducing...
56. Los Lobos - Colossal Head
57. Fiona Apple – When The Pawn…
58. Dr. Dre - The Chronic
59. Paul Simon - The Rhythm Of The Saints
60. Liz Phair - Whip-Smart
61. Wilco – Summer Teeth
62. Steve Earle - I Feel Alright
63. Belle and Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister
64. Elastica - Elastica
65. Johnny Cash - American Recordings
66. Beth Orton – Central Reservation
67. Stereolab - Emperor Tomato Ketchup
68. Rosanne Cash - Interiors
69. Björk - Homogenic
70. PJ Harvey – Is This Desire?
71. Neil Young - Mirror Ball
72. LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out
73. Amy Rigby - Diary Of A Mod Housewife
74. Guided By Voices - Bee Thousand
75. Richard Thompson - Rumor and Sigh
76. Pavement – Brighten The Corners
77. Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
78. Beck - Mellow Gold
79. Tricky - Pre-Millennium Tension
80. Pulp - Different Class
81. R.E.M. - New Adventures In Hi-Fi
82. Foo Fighters - Foo Fighters
83. Tom Waits - Bone Machine
84. Prince - Graffiti Bridge
85. Everything But The Girl - Walking Wounded
86. Mos Def – Black On Both Sides
87. Steve Earle - El Corazon
88. Basehead - Play With Toys
89. Patti Smith - Gone Again
90. Randy Newman – Bad Love
91. Jimmie Dale Gilmore - Spinning Around The Sun
92. Soundgarden - Superunknown
93. Lucinda Williams - Sweet Old World
94. k.d. lang - Ingénue
95. Björk - Post
96. Air – Moon Safari
97. Beastie Boys – Hello Nasty
98. Bruce Springsteen - The Ghost Of Tom Joad
99. De La Soul - Buhloone Mindstate
100. Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend

Top Singles Of The 90's

1. Arrested Development - Tennessee
2. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
3. Beck - Loser
4. Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise
5. R.E.M. - Losing My Religion
6. Deee-Lite - Groove Is In The Heart
7. The Breeders - Cannonball
8. Naughty By Nature - O.P.P.
9. Sinéad O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U
10. TLC – No Scrubs
11. Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank
12. Hanson - MMMBop
13. Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
14. Chumbawamba - Tubthumping
15. Geto Boys - Mind Playing Tricks On Me
16. The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony
17. Edwyn Collins - A Girl Like You
18. Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
19. Beastie Boys - Intergalactic
20. Digable Planets - Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)
21. Nirvana - Heart-Shaped Box
22. Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott - The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)
23. House Of Pain - Jump Around
24. Veruca Salt – Seether
25. Madonna – Ray of Light
26. Kris Kross - Jump
27. Quad City DJ's - C'mon N' Ride It (The Train)
28. Dr. Dre - Nuthin But A 'G' Thang
29. Aaliyah – Are You That Somebody?
30. Coolio - Fantastic Voyage
31. Elastica - Connection
32. Digital Underground - The Humpty Dance
33. TLC - Waterfalls
34. Blur - Song 2
35. Eminem – My Name Is
36. Madonna - Vogue
37. En Vogue - My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)
38. Warren G - Regulate
39. Metallica - Enter Sandman
40. Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
41. Beck - Where It's At
42. P.M. Dawn - Set Adrift On Memory Bliss
43. Crystal Waters - Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)
44. Oasis - Wonderwall
45. Pulp - Common People
46. Cornershop - Brimful Of Asha
47. Joan Osborne - One Of Us
48. Chemical Brothers - Block Rockin' Beats
49. Public Enemy - Can't Truss It
50. Seal - Crazy
51. Beastie Boys - Sabotage
52. Faith No More - Epic
53. Lisa Stansfield - All Around The World
54. PJ Harvey - Down By The Water
55. Black Box - Everybody Everybody
56. Len – Steal My Sunshine
57. EMF - Unbelievable
58. TLC - Creep
59. Smash Mouth - Walking On The Sun
60. Erykah Badu - On And On
61. Madonna – Beautiful Stranger
62. Salt-N-Pepa - Shoop
63. LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out
64. Arrested Development - People Everyday
65. Cypress Hill - How I Could Just Kill A Man / The Phuncky Feel One
66. Busta Rhymes - Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check
67. R.E.M. - What's The Frequency, Kenneth?
68. Madonna - Justify My Love
69. Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way
70. C+C Music Factory - Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
71. OutKast – Rosa Parks
72. Sir Mix-A-Lot - Baby Got Back
73. The Notorious B.I.G. - Mo' Money Mo' Problems
74. Pavement - Cut Your Hair
75. Hole – Celebrity Skin
76. U2 - One
77. Hole - Doll Parts
78. Liz Phair - Supernova
79. Radiohead - Creep
80. Soul Asylum - Runaway Train
81. Soho - Hippychick
82. The KLF - Justified And Ancient
83. Fiona Apple - Criminal
84. Public Enemy - Welcome To The Terrordome
85. The Chemical Brothers - Setting Sun
86. Offspring - Come Out And Play
87. The Notorious B.I.G. - Hypnotize
88. Juliana Hatfield Three - My Sister
89. Sophie B. Hawkins - Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover
90. DNA Featuring Suzanne Vega - Tom's Diner
91. Primitive Radio Gods - Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand
92. Blackstreet - No Diggity
93. Beck - Devil's Haircut
94. Urge Overkill – Sister Havana
95. Sheryl Crow – All I Want To Do
96. Cher – Believe
97. Fastball – The Way
98. Ini Kamoze – Here Comes The Hotstepper
99. Salt-N-Pepa – Whatta Man
100. Prince – Gett Off