The albums of my life: the 1980s

The first three years presented such an embarrassment of riches that I was embarrassed, actually — how do I vote for ties? The answer: don’t. Make hard choices.

1980: Pretenders – Pretenders
1981: The Human League – Dare
1982: ABC – The Lexicon of Love
1983: The Go-Betweens – Before Hollywood
1984: The Minutemen – Double Nickels on the Dime
1985: Kate Bush – Hounds of Love
1986: Janet Jackson – Control
1987: Prince – Sign ‘o’ the Times
1988: Pet Shop Boys – Introspective
1989: New Order – Technique

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