10 Best Alt-Rock Albums Of The 80's

Who needed the mainstream when we could have The Cure?


The 80's were known as an era where everything sounded big. Whether it be loud guitars or splashy synthesizers, each record that received mainstream attention all seemed to have a sound that felt monumental. People got so used to this steady sonic palette that Nirvana's eventual rise in the early 90's seemed like a sudden left turn.

However, there are certain albums laced throughout the 80's which hinted that something different was on the horizon. While bands were coming out with more melodramatic odes to love or partying, some albums came out of the woodwork that couldn't really be put into one singular category. This was the beginning of something that was new, fresh, and... well... alternative to the mainstream.

Even though all of the records on here have completely different sounds, all of them fall under the umbrella of being alternative. The identity of alt-rock doesn't necessarily have to rely on just the sound but rather a feeling brought forth in the music being played.

While some instances show a band making off-the-wall sonic experiments, others were taking the familiar sounds of the 80's and flipping them on their head with spectacular results. Once you sit down and listen to these records, the road to Cobain's reign becomes much clearer.

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