Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The A Lists: 1980 (65)

  • The Clash: London Calling (Epic)
  • Prince: Dirty Mind (Warner Bros.)
  • Talking Heads: Remain in Light (Sire)
  • Chic: Real People (Atlantic)
  • Wanna Buy a Bridge? (Rough Trade)
  • John Lennon/Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy (Geffen)
  • Professor Longhair: Crawfish Fiesta (Alligator)
  • Tom Robinson: Sector 27 (I.R.S.)
  • Gang of Four: Entertainment! (Warner Bros.)
  • Robert Ashley: Perfect Lives (Private Parts: the Bar) (Lovely Music)
  • Jon Hassell/Brian Eno: Fourth World Vol. 1: Possible Musics (Editions EG)
  • The Angry Samoans: Inside My Brain (Bad Trip)
  • Alberta Hunter: Amtrak Blues (Columbia)
  • Burning Spear: Social Living (Burning Spear import)
  • John Prine: Storm Windows (Asylum)
  • Public Image: Second Edition (Island)
  • Bruce Springsteen: The River (Columbia)
  • Michael Hurley: Snockgrass (Rounder)
  • Stevie Wonder: Hotter Than July (Tamla)
  • X: Los Angeles (Slash)
  • Poly Styrene: Translucence (United Artists import)
  • Joe "King" Carrasco and the Crowns: Joe "King" Carrasco and the Crowns (Hannibal)
  • Pablo Moses: A Song (Mango)
  • Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band: Doc at the Radar Station (Virgin)
  • English Beat: I Just Can't Stop It (Sire)
  • Feelies: Crazy Rhythms (Stiff)
  • Popeye (Boardwalk)
  • KC and the Sunshine Band: Greatest Hits (T.K.)
  • The Great Rap Hits (Sugarhill)
  • Lucinda: Happy Woman Blues (Folkways)
  • Neil Young: Hawks & Doves (Reprise)
  • The Clash: Black Market Clash (Epic)
  • Dollar Brand: African Marketplace (Elektra)
  • Steel Pulse: Reggae Fever (Mango)
  • Undertones: Hypnotized (A&M)
  • T-Bone Burnett: Truth Decay (Takoma)
  • Henry Cow: Western Culture (Interzone)
  • Warren Zevon: Stand in the Fire (Asylum)
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers: Uprising (Island)
  • The Specials (Chrysalis)
  • Ronnie Barron: Blues Delicacies Vol. One (Vivid Sound import)
  • Aerosmith: Greatest Hits (Columbia)
  • George Jones: I Am What I Am (Epic)
  • Bunny Wailer Sings the Wailers (Mango)
  • The Sir Douglas Quintet: The Best of the Sir Douglas Quintet (Takoma)
  • Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures (Factory)
  • Robert Jr. Lockwood & Johnny Shines: Hangin' On (Rounder)
  • The Jacksons: Triumph (Epic)
  • Pere Ubu: New Picnic Time (Chrysalis import)
  • The Psychedelic Furs: The Psychedelic Furs (Columbia)
  • Rockpile: Seconds of Pleasure (Columbia)
  • Gil Scott-Heron/Brian Jackson: 1980 (Arista)
  • Diana Ross: Diana (Motown)
  • Shalamar: Three for Love (Solar)
  • More Intensified! Volume 2 Original Ska 1963-67 (Mango)
  • Manhattans: Greatest Hits (Columbia)
  • Oi!--the Album (EMI import)
  • Big Youth: Progress (Negusa Nagast import)
  • Teddy Pendergrass: TP (Philadelphia International)
  • Donna Summer: The Wanderer (Geffen)
  • The Selecter: Too Much Pressure (Chrysalis)
  • The Suburbs: In Combo (Twin/Tone)
  • The Brains (Mercury)
  • Club Ska '67 (Mango)
  • Gang of Four: Gang of Four (Warner Bros.)

Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s, 1990

Rock Library: Before 1980 The A Lists: 1981