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November 4, 2021


[Albums 973 & 974 / 1001]

Of the ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die,’ 25 are from the year 1987.

I’ve reviewed all but two of them already (Hysteria & Appetite).

Which 1987 albums are the most essential to hear again?

Ranked by their essential-ness, here’s how I’d prioritize revisiting these 25 albums, enjoy!



25. Sonic Youth – Sister. Their second of five on the list (and Goo will inevitably be higher).

24. Butthole Surfers – Locust Abortion Technician. Though I wouldn’t mind if a few of their 90s tunes ended up on a playlist at some point.

23. Laibach- Opus Dei.

22. Astor Piazzolla & Gary Burton – New Tango.

21. Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Shaka Zulu.

Glad to have heard all three, may be in the ‘long-shot’ category in terms of revisiting odds.

20. Napalm Death – Scum. I don’t know if I’ll find the time for an entire revisit of this cheerfully titled album. But I should be able to clear enough time in my schedule to revisit their 1-second track, You Suffer!



19. Hüsker Dü – Warehouse: Songs & Stories. When 1 umlaut is insufficient!

18. Terence Trent D’Arby – Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’arby.

17. Triffids – Calenture.

Or vice versa, both agreeable albums.

16. Anthrax – Among the Living. Bonus marks for their Newsradio appearance.

15. Depeche Mode – Music for the Masses. Their 1st of 2.

14. Dinosaur Jr. – You’re Living All Over Me. Also their 1st of 2.

13. Sisters of Mercy – Floodland. The “World’s End” association doesn’t hurt.

12. U2 – The Joshua Tree. Like or loathe U2, the opening trio here is undeniably potent.

11. George Michael – Faith. Oh well I guess it would be nice.

10. The Cult – Electric. Particularly on the big singles, they know & deliver exactly what I like in a solid rock track!



9. Prince – Sign ‘O’ the Times. His 3rd of 3.

8. Michael Jackson – Bad. Particularly the late-album tracks, Dirty Diana & Smooth Criminal.

7. Jesus & Mary Chain – Darklands. Their 2nd of 2.

6. Dolly Parton with Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris – Trio. A formidable trio to say the least.

5. Pet Shop Boys – Actually. Their first of three appearacnes.

4. R.E.M. – Document. Leonard Bernstein!

3. Def Leppard – Hysteria. Their 2nd of 2 on the list.

Blogging friends: if you’ve reviewed Hysteria, please feel free to put a link to your review in the comments, thanks in advance!

2. Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction. Bottoms up / fill my cup / love that stuff / can never get enough!

1. The Smiths – Strangeways, Here We Come. To borrow one of their tunes, Stop Me if You Think You’ve Heard This One Before!



Verbalize the Positive

My favourite 1987 recording would have to be my VHS collection of the 1987 Canada Cup, Gretzky to Lemieux, with 1:26 remaining!

From → 1980s

  1. I think I like Sonic Youth more than you do!

  2. Darby came out in 87. Wow that album was mega but nothing came close to U2 and Leppard (which really took off in 88). Your popping these year by years quick… lol

    • I might actually make it to #1001 on time! And as per usual around kids bedtime, i was in and out for the live version tonight but (also as per usual) I enjoyed. Neat idea with the LP reveals and then discussion, fun how many unplanned segues worked out along the way!

      • Thanks for watching Geoff. It was fun. 1983 will be on tap early next month! Thanks for the support.

  3. I have 7 of these on vinyl. I can’t believe you hadn’t reviewed the two biggest albums of that year. I hadn’t either, at least in full. So, I’m right there with you.

  4. Yeahhhhh you warned me. I get it, I think. But the Top 2 here are clearly Appetite and Joshua Tree. Looking forward to your (eventual) review of Appetite.

  5. jprobichaud permalink

    Yes. Gary was a huge Sisters fan. Loved World’s End. Could watch it a million times.

  6. I haven’t reviewed ‘Hysteria’ on my blog yet, but my favorite songs on that album are “Armageddon It,” “Animal,” “Gods of War,” “Women,” “Love Bites,” and “Pour Some Sugar On Me” (despite how overplayed it is.

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