Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The 1981 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll

Albums

1. The Clash: Sandinista! (Epic) 862 (67) *
2. X: Wild Gift (Slash) 790 (64)
3. Elvis Costello and the Attractions: Trust (Columbia) 784 (68)
4. The Rolling Stones: Tattoo You (Rolling Stones) 649 (56)
5. Rickie Lee Jones: Pirates (Warner Bros.) 461 (38)
6. Squeeze: East Side Story (A&M) 412 (38)
7. Tom Verlaine: Dreamtime (Warner Bros.) 410 (38)
8. Prince: Controversy (Warner Bros.) 327 (30)
9. Rick James: Street Songs (Gordy) 305 (28)
10. Go-Go's: Beauty and the Beat (I.R.S.) 290 (32)
11. Human Switchboard: Who's Landing in My Hangar? (Faulty Products) 273 (23)
12. Kid Creole and the Coconuts: Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places (Sire/ZE) 249 (26)
13. David Byrne: Songs From the Broadway Production of "The Catherine Wheel" (Sire) 247 (22) **
14. Black Uhuru: Red (Mango) 229 (27)
15. Psychedelic Furs: Talk Talk Talk (Columbia) 229 (24)
16. Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Re*ac*tor (Reprise) 210 (21)
17. Romeo Void: It's a Condition (415) 208 (18)
18. U2: Boy (Island) 205 (18)
19. Neville Brothers: Fiyo on the Bayou (A&M) 204 (19)
20. Was (Not Was): Was (Not Was) (Island/ZE) 197 (20)
21. Au Pairs: Playing With a Different Sex (Human) 191 (21)
22. Tom Tom Club (Sire) 191 (17)
23. The English Beat: Wha'ppen? (Sire) 184 (19)
24. The Police: Ghost in the Machine (A&M) 169 (17)
25. James Blood Ulmer: Free Lancing (Columbia) 168 (17)
26. The dB's: Stands for Decibels (Albion import) 159 (11)
27. David Lindley: El Rayo-X (Asylum) 158 (14)
28. Joe Ely: Live Shots (MCA) 152 (19) *
29. Yoko Ono: Season of Glass (Geffen) 151 (13)
30. The Blasters (Slash) 140 (13)
31. Grace Jones: Nightclubbing (Island) 130 (13)
32. Luther Vandross: Never Too Much (Epic) 129 (12)
33. Fela Anikulapo Kuti: Black President (Arista import) 116 (9)
34. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts: Bad Reputation (Boardwalk) 115 (12) *
35. King Crimson: Discipline (Warner Bros./EG) 112 (11)
36. Joan Armatrading: Walk Under Ladders (A&M) 109 (13)
37. Lindsey Buckingham: Law and Order (Asylum) 109 (12)
38. Marianne Faithfull: Dangerous Acquaintances (Island) 104 (12)
39. U2: October (Island) 104 (10)
40. The dB's: Repercussion (Albion import) 104 (9)

* Includes 1980 votes for import versions: Clash 71 (6); Ely 56 (7); Jett 36 (4)

** Includes 62 (4) for The Catherine Wheel, a cassette offering the entire score of the Twyla Tharp ballet.

Singles

1. Laurie Anderson: "O Superman"/"Walk the Dog" (One, Ten/Warner Bros.) 56
The Rolling Stones: "Start Me Up" (Rolling Stones) 56
3. Grandmaster Flash: "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel" (Sugarhill) 44
4. Kim Carnes: "Bette Davis Eyes" (EMI America) 39
Yoko Ono: "Walking on Thin Ice" (Geffen) 39 *
6. Tom Tom Club: "Genius of Love" (Sire) 36
7. Pete Shelley: "Homosapien" (Genetic import) 31
Soft Cell: "Tainted Love"/"Where Did Our Love Go?" (Sire) 31
9. Funky Four Plus One: "That's the Joint" (Sugarhill) 28
10. Prince: "Controversy" (Warner Bros.) 27
11. Grace Jones: "Pull Up to the Bumper" (Island) 26
12. Taana Gardner: "Heartbeat" (West End) 24
Billy Idol With Generation X: "Dancing With Myself" (Chrysalis) 24 *
Teena Marie: "Square Biz" (Gordy) 24
Frankie Smith: "Double Dutch Bus" (WMOT) 24
16. Go-Go's: "Our Lips Are Sealed" (I.R.S.) 23
17. Smokey Robinson: "Being With You" (Tamla) 22
18. Rick James: "Super Freak" (Gordy) 21
19. Rosanne Cash: "Seven Year Ache" (Columbia) 20
20. New Order: "Ceremony" (Factory) 18
21. Bob Dylan: "The Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar" (Columbia) 17
22. The Pointer Sisters: "Slow Hand" (Planet) 14
The Police: "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" (A&M) 14
24. Squeeze: "Tempted" (A&M) 13
25. Gang of Four: "To Hell With Poverty" (EMI import) 12
Deniece Williams: "Silly" (Columbia/ARC) 12

* Includes EP votes

EPs

1. The Specials: "Ghost Town"/"Why?"/"Friday Night, Saturday Morning" (Chrysalis) 44 *
2. Romeo Void: Never Say Never (415) 36
3. ESG: ESG (99) 22
Mission of Burma: Signals, Calls & Marches (Ace of Hearts) 22
Pretenders: Extended Play (Sire) 22
6. DNA: A Taste of DNA (American Clavé) 18
7. Lene Lovich: New Toy (Stiff/Epic) 12
The Lyres: AHS 1005 (Ace of Hearts) 12
9. Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns: Party Safari (Hannibal) 9
Peter Dayton: Love at 1st Sight (Shoo-Bop) 9
The Individuals: Aquamarine E.P. (Infidelity) 9

* Includes singles votes.

Village Voice, Feb. 1, 1982


1980 Essay | Dean's List 1982