Sorry, Libby, as a Prince fan, I can't skip the 80's. I'll admit, this was a tricky decade, as I wasn't immediately flooded with ideas like I was for the 70's, but I managed to figure it out and behold
My Top 5 Favourite Albums from the 80's:
Prince - Sign o' The Times:
This was not a hard choice. Easily Prince's most amazing album, Sign o' The Times is just straight up brilliance. Funk jams ("Housequake"), gorgeous ballads ("Adore") and quirky pop ("The Ballad of Dorothy Parker") make this album truly unforgettable.
Favourite track: "If I Was Ur Girlfriend", funked up, gender-bending, truly unique
Prince - 1999:
1999 definitely has a less...human feel than SOTT, synth-heavy and mechanical. However, it's incredibly innovative and a ridiculously clever and fun record.
Favourite track: "Something in the Water (Does Not Compute)", in my opinion, one of Prince's most overlooked masterpieces
Michael Jackson - Bad:
I know, know. Bad but not Thriller? But I've always found Bad to be a much more enjoyable record, not to mention longer. That's not to say it doesn't have its weak points ("I Just Can't Stop Loving You"? "Man in the Mirror"? Next!) Michael makes up for it with purely awesome pop music. Thank you, sir.
Favourite track: "Just Good Friends", his duet with Stevie Wonder - I've always had mad love for this song
Rick James - Street Songs:
I'm sad to say I don't actually own this album - yet. I have heard most of the songs and I already love it. Everyone knows the classic "Superfreak", and despite the best efforts of Little Miss Sunshine, MC Hammer and Dave Chappelle, I still love that joint. However...
Favourite track: "Give It To Me" - the video is worth watching for the looks he gives alone...like Prince, Rick James is a master of amusing facial expressions
Ah, yes. Prince's "psychedelic" album. Definitely could have been a huge fail, it ended up being great. From ethnic ("Around the World in a Day") to hippy-dippy ("Paisley Park"), this album showcases Prince's talent and innovation.
Favourite track: "Temptation", maybe Prince's most rock song