For this week's Ranked!, we decided to compile our favorite albums from 1981. Did your favorite make the cut? Did we get it right? Let us know in the comments!
Here are numbers 6-10:
10. Styx, Paradise TheaterI was introduced to Styx when I was in junior high school, back when I knew very little about music and was pretty uncool when it came to what I did listen to. (Not that that has stopped me from being a Barry Manilow fan lo these many years...) Over the course of a couple of years, I picked up every Styx album that was out at the time, and started buying their new stuff as soon as it came out. Little did I know that they would peak so soon after I became a fan.
Paradise Theater is, sadly, the last of the good Styx albums, but what an album it is. Side one (remember sides?) is nothing but hits, every one of which is as good today as it was in '81. I was working in fast food when this album was hot, and "Nothing Ever Goes As Planned" was my work anthem. ("You get up every morning and you go to work each day, Been doin' the same damn job for ten long years this May") Come to think of it, it still kind of is. It's sad that the group kind of jumped the shark after '81.
By the way, I still have all of my vinyl records to this day, and Paradise Theater is the coolest one that I own: one side has the album cover art laser etched into it. It's pretty
9. Duran Duran, Duran DuranSo you think guys with crazy asymmetrical haircuts and new romantic tassels on their blouses can't make you get up and dance around your living room? Wrong.
I was as much of a skeptic as the next gal when I picked up this record on a whim after hearing from a friend who had just returned on the last flight from London that "these are the guys to watch." Never would I imagine that this band, and this record, would become one of my all time favorites almost eclipsing the all consuming love I already had for a certain three blond dreamboats.
Suddenly, I found myself easing Duran Duran's debut album onto the turntable with some regularity and I even designated myself a favorite band member: the still wildly popular John Taylor. They've seen mind-boggling highs and some bottomed-out lows since 1981 but this is a band that has endured endless lineup changes, personal turmoils, and changing tastes, but they have come out the other side with a fan base so rabid and loyal that it boggles the mind. I dare you to listen to this record, with the infectious grooves and swirling otherworldly melodies and try NOT to dance around just a little bit.--Dufmanno