The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '80s

By Chris Gerard

28 September 2015

Even if you pay no consideration to the rankings, which is always subjective, here's a great starting point for exploring some of the amazingly diverse and powerful music from the '80s that still holds up today.
The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ‘80s: Part 1: 100 - 81

Beginning today and continuing all week, we present one critic's best punk, post-punk, new wave, college rock, underground, modern rock, goth, industrial, new romantic, ska, power pop, hardcore, and indie rock of the '80s.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ‘80s: Part 2: 80 - 61

Just imagine songs this extreme making the American Top 40, let alone the Top 10… unthinkable.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ‘80s: Part 3: 60 - 41

Some songs are too weird to attract mainstream success.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ‘80s: Part 4: 40 - 21

Stories sung with grace and compassion. We can only hope our stories will be told so well, sometime.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ‘80s: Part 5: 20 - 1

Songs of anxiety, paranoia, freak-outs, chilling verses, feverish desire, harrowing lyrics -- they all make for damn good music.

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