How Good Was The Year (in music) - 1982?

A short seven year shuffle onwards for HGWTY following a solid performance from 1975 to the year 1982. Was it a thriller of a year?

A reminder of the premise of the thread

After a number of days of posting and reminiscing, we’ll be rating the music of the year out of ten, based on the albums, singles, gigs, whatever that stand out for you that year, and voting for our favourite nominated albums and songs.

Everyone can nominate one album and one song from the year which will then be collated into side-polls two days before the thread closes - please make it clear when you post a nomination for the poll (as opposed to just posting clips or lists of songs and albums you like, which are very welcome).

Rank Year Rating Top Album Top Song
1 1991 8.98 Slint - Spiderland Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
2 1997 8.6 Radiohead - OK Computer The Beta Band - Dry The Rain
3 1967 8.48 Love - Forever Changes Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood - Some Velvet Morning
4 1992 8.29 Pavement - Slanted & Enchanted Pulp - Babies
4 2013 8.29 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Jubilee Street
6 2019 8.14 Self Esteem - Compliments Please Big Thief - Not
7 1975 8.13 Neil Young - Tonight’s the Night / Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Cortez the Killer
8 2004 8.1 Madvillain - Madvillainy / Arcade Fire - Funeral The Walkmen - The Rat
9 1981 8.06 The Cure - Faith New Order - Ceremony
10 2014 7.69 FKA Twigs - LP1 FKA Twigs - Two Weeks
11 1970 7.61 Neil Young - After the Goldrush Curtis Mayfield - Move on Up
12 1976 7.47 David Bowie - Station to Station Bob Dylan - Hurricane
13 1986 7.42 Talk Talk - The Colour of Spring New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
14 2005 7.39 Sufjan Stevens - Illinois Amerie - 1 Thing
15 1965 7.38 The Beatles - Rubber Soul Frank Wilson - Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)
16 2009 7.1 Fever Ray - Fever Ray Animal Collective - My Girls
17 1974 6.95 Neil Young - On The Beach Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - The Bottle
18 1985 6.53 Tom Waits - Rain Dogs Prince and the Revolution - Raspberry Beret
19 1961 5.16 John Coltrane - My Favourite Things Roy Orbison - Crying

In 1982 Time magazine named “the computer” as its ‘Man of the Year’, the UK and Argentina went to war over the Falklands Islands, Channel 4 launched in the UK with Countdown being the first show broadcast and Ozzy Osbourne bit off a bat’s head on stage at a gig in Des Moines.

We said goodbye to Grace Kelly, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Fonda, John Belushi, Jimmy Hoffa and Philip K. Dick, and hello to Prince William, Nicki Minaj, Kirsten Dunst, and me.

How good was the music?

You have until Sunday 12th June to nominate one album and one song which will then go into a poll along with a number rating poll for year overall out of 10, which will close on Monday 14th.

Some lists for inspiration:

Best Albums of 1982 : Best Ever Albums
Best albums of 1982 - Rate Your Music
100 Greatest Albums of 1982
1982 Best Albums And Tracks Of The Year - NME
100 Greatest Songs From 1982

Nominations will be tallied here as the week goes on:

Album Nominations

Song Nominations


Plenty of time to think about my album nomination but my song nomination is straightforward.

Nominate Song REM - ‘Gardening at Night’

Goddamnit, I should have gone with ‘Safety Dance’


Kate Bush – The Dreaming


Richard and Linda Thompson – Shoot Out the Lights

One of the best break-up albums ever


Currently deciding between nominating Iron Maiden and Vs by Mission of Burma.

It’s a charmed life really,eh?

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Obvious choice, I know, but what a single and album!


I know it’s not a voting option, but best EP is surely:


Album Nomination: Patrice Rushen - Straight From The Heart


Charanjit Singh – Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat


Looking through the big albums and releases from the year and there’s not much that stands out, further confirming my pre existing bias that the 80’s wasn’t that great musically :grin:

The Number of the Beast and H2O by Hall & Oates, though? Opposite ends of the spectrum but both have their bangers.

Nominate Track:

The Associates – Party Fears Two


Actually this is also good…


NOMINATE SONG The Jam - Town Called Malice

Rows and rows of disused milk floats lie dying in the dairy yard
And a hundred lonely housewives clutch empty milk bottles to their hearts


NOMINATE ALBUM Dexy’s Midnight Runner - Too-Rye-Ay


A couple of honourable mentions