Ranking Records—The 10 Best LPs of 1983

Well, 1983 was a such a tough year to pick 10 great records that I’m giving you 13 instead. While there are a few great ones, some sadly just had a few outstanding cuts rather than being great albums. My lukewarm feeling about the year in music was evident when I scoured other lists about 1983 releases and saw few common selections. However, the #1 LP for the year was quite special to me and is an all-time favorite of mine.

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  1. Great list. Here are my top 13 albums from 1983 in no particular order. Some overlap with your picks:
    The Police – Synchronicity
    U2 – War
    David Bowie – Let’s Dance
    REM – Murmur
    Men at Work – Cargo
    Brian Adams – Cuts Like a Knife
    ZZ Top – Eliminator
    Elton John – Too Low for Zero
    Stevie Ray Vaughan – Texas Flood
    Huey Lewis and the News – Sports
    John Cougar Mellencamp – Uh-Huh
    Yes – 90125
    U2- Under a Blood Red Sky

  2. hanspostcard · · Reply

    I had never thought about it but I agree 1983 wasn’t a stellar year- a lot of good to very good albums. I will have to check out the Ullman album- I liked the single a lot. I love that Aztec Camera album- I came close to selecting it in our recent draft. What a wonderful album. Probably my most listened to album from that year. Keep those rankings coming!

  3. Yes – I’ve recently been regretting not drafting the Aztec Camera LP. Maybe in my next 10!

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