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U2’s The Joshua Tree voted the best album of the 1980s – beating Michael Jackson, Prince and Dire Straits

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U2’s The Joshua Tree is the best album of the 1980s (Source: Kieran Frost/Redferns)

U2’s The Joshua Tree is the best album of the 1980s, according to a new poll by the BBC, and, as is to be expected, music fans have been sharing their opinions on the matter.

The vote was conducted as part of BBC Radio 2’s Sound of the 80s ahead of National Album Day this Saturday. 

Dire Straits’ Brother in Arms came second with The Stone Roses titular album coming in third.

Perhaps most controversially, Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Guns N’ Roses’s Appetite for Destruction came in fourth and fifth respectively.

Prince’s much-loved Purple Rain only came in at number 10, while Bruce Springsteen’s classic Born In The USA is at number 14. George Michael’s Faith is way down the list at number 19.

U2’s fifth album debuted on March 9, 1987 and was the Irish band’s first album to hit number one in the US charts.

Prince

Prince’s Purple Rain was included in the top 20 best albums of the 1980s list (Picture: Getty Images)

It also topped the charts in the UK, Canada, West Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Australia, and it went on to win the Grammy for Best Album that year. 

In the 33 years since its release, the album has sold over 25 million copies around the world. 

The poll results, predictably, have flared up debates about which album should have been at the top of the list.

BBC music reporter Mark Savage even joked: ‘Here’s a good way to start an argument.’

One Twitter user was diplomatic about the choice but would have preferred to have seen Purple Rain or Thriller take the top spot.



Best albums of the 1980s – top 20

The best albums of the 1980s, as voted for by BBC Radio 2 listeners:

  1. U2 – The Joshua Tree
  2. Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms
  3. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
  4. Michael Jackson – Thriller
  5. Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction
  6. The Human League – Dare
  7. The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead
  8. Paul Simon – Graceland
  9. ABC – The Lexicon Of Love
  10. Prince – Purple Rain
  11. Kate Bush – Hounds Of Love
  12. Duran Duran – Rio
  13. Tears for Fears – Songs From The Big Chair
  14. Bruce Springsteen – Born In The USA
  15. AC/DC – Back In Black
  16. Deacon Blue – Raintown
  17. Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Welcome To The Pleasuredome
  18. INXS – Kick
  19. George Michael – Faith
  20. Pet Shop Boys – Actually

‘Better than Thriller and Purple Rain? Really? I mean really? I do love U2 and Joshua Tree was a great album but Thriller and Purple Rain are in another league,’ they wrote.

Another thought Bruce Springsteen’s The River, not Born in the USA, is a better choice, as they wrote: ‘I like U2 , however I can think of plenty of Albums that are better than the Joshua Tree. I would say, The River by Bruce Springsteen is far superior in terms of songwriting and musicianship. But that’s just my opinion.’

Another music lover exclaimed at the complete snub of Metallica’s seminal album Master of Puppets. 

They tweeted: I mean, I wouldn’t be mad if it was Purple Rain. But the real answer is…’ before sharing an image of the Metallica album cover.

One Twitter user thought the Radio 2 list was good, but would have preferred to see Paul Simon’s Graceland higher.

They added that it is ‘one of the best complete albums, (conceptually, musically) of all time… up there with Floyd and The Beatles.’

To others though, U2’s The Joshua Tree was the correct choice.

One fan wrote: ‘Phenomenal album… and it’s not even their best one (Achtung Baby in ’91 is still arguably their finest hour).’

Another music fan agreed with the eventual winner, influenced by their nostalgia for the album.

‘I agree. ‘The Joshua Tree’ is a brilliant album (Slightly biased View) as my older brother was a massive fan and that is pretty much all he listened to during the 80’s and of course ‘Rattle & Hum’ (on VHS),’ they enthused.

National Album day, will be celebrated all Saturday with BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6, BBC Asian Network, and BBC Four celebrating albums from the 80s through the whole day. 

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