I'm gonna say the 4th best artist ever from Minnesota wins it with Purple Rain and this board is UK crazy so I'd guess The Queen Is Dead will crack the top 3 and I'm going to say the metal contingent came out big time for Ride The Lightning (after abandoning Sabbath in the 70s).
I'm holding out hope for the Mats/Husker Du/early REM and Mission of Burma but a man has to be realistic - Big Star got shut out of the top 50 in the 70s for Godsakes.....I have such doubts.
A total of 174 albums received at least 1 mention an increase from the 152 from our 70s poll and 103 from the 60s.
The highest amount of appearances was 7/13 ballots from 2 albums. They placed #1 and #7.
We had 4 leaders throughout, all of them finished in the Top 5. Our winner didn't take the lead until the last ballot was counted. Different from the 70s poll where there were 5 leaders throughout voting and it extended to the Top 15. Stats on lead changes throughout voting will be presented at the end.
The minimum amount of points needed to make the Top 51 was 24 so everyone's Top 2 made the list.
Yikes - pacinoyes takes a swift kick in the head - the REM, Costello and Jam were top 10 for me iirc - certainly REM and The Jam were.......glad they made it but REM's debut I would have thought was a top 10 record .......gulp.