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1. Thin Lizzy: Renegade

Thin Lizzy: Renegade The peak in the number of great Thin Lizzy albums.

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2. Duran Duran: Duran Duran

Duran Duran: Duran Duran Debut album from one of the most important bands of the New Romantics wave - and still a great album today. Contains "Girls On Film", a classic in its own right.

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3. Ultravox: Rage In Eden

Ultravox: Rage In Eden Second album in the important Ultravox trilogy, the others being "Vienna" and "Quartet". "The Voice" would be the biggest hit here. 

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4. Depeche Mode: Speak & Spell

Depeche Mode: Speak & Spell Debut album from the masters of synth pop. A fairly naive approach to music, but still very charming today.

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5. Foreigner: 4

Foreigner: 4 "Urgent", "Waiting For A Girl Like You" and "Jukebox Hero" were the hits from the best Foreigner album. Success was on the way...

6. The Human League: Dare!

The Human League: Dare! A very important album in the synth era of the early '80's. The big hit was "Don't You Want Me", but the album as a whole contained a lot of  new inspiration.

7. U2: October

U2: October Second album from U2 builds on the formula already aired on their debut. It's a picture of a band still trying to find themselves musically but still with many qualities.

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8. The Alan Parsons Project: Eye in The Sky

The Alan Parsons Project: Eye In The Sky One of the most important Alan Parsons releases. During this period the number of releases and quality of these were very stable and Parsons was a househeld name.

9. Whitesnake: Come 'An Get It

Whitesnake: Come 'An Get It An album stuffed with soul, smoke, rock'n'roll and dirty manners. Great heavy rock from one of the best...

10. Men At Work: Business As Usual

Men At Work: Business As Usual ...Now wasn't there something about a song called "Down Under"....? Still, this would not be the only reason to get the album. Early '80's pop the Aussie way...

Albums that also made an impact:
Abba: The Visitors

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