The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category 1980s

CLASSIC ’80s: N.W.A – ‘Straight Outta Compton’

‘Straight Outta Compton’, the incendiary 1988 debut album by N.W.A, has defined 30 years of hip-hop in a way that no other album or artist has.

CULT ’80s: Pixies – ‘Surfer Rosa’

With its singularly weird and shockingly new vision for underground music at the end of the ’80s, Pixies’ debut album ‘Surfer Rosa’ is a unique kind of classic album.

CULT ’80s: Dinosaur Jr. – ‘You’re Living All Over Me’

Making a revolutionary impact on the American underground scene in the late 1980s, Dinosaur Jr.’s second album ‘You’re Living All Over Me’ is an indie landmark.

CULT ’80s: The Smiths – ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’

The Smiths’ fourth and final album ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’ is the sound of Morrissey and Marr trying very hard not to repeat themselves, and succeeding handsomely.

CULT ’80s: Hüsker Dü – ‘Zen Arcade’

A dimension jump in artistic terms, Hüsker Dü’s second album ‘Zen Arcade’ was one of the defining releases of the underground in America in the 1980s.

CULT ’80s: Nirvana – ‘Bleach’

‘Bleach’ is a snapshot of a band totally unaware of, and not even seeking, the massive and destructive fame that would come their way just two years later.

CULT ’80s: New Order – ‘Power, Corruption & Lies’

After the tentative first steps of ‘Movement’, New Order’s second album ‘Power, Corruption & Lies’ saw them truly begin their post-Joy Division journey.