30 Albums That Turn 30 In 2019

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It’s hard to believe that 1989 was now three decades ago.

As the chapter came to a close, the ’80s was embracing harder edges as grunge crept out of the underground and ‘hair metal’ acts were still ruling Billboard charts.

Madonna was continuing to terrify parents as MTV audiences embraced her controversial visuals for songs like “Like A Prayer”. In Canada, The Tragically Hip debuted with the band’s first studio album, Up To Here, which would later be certified Diamond for sales of over 1,000,000 units.

Here are 30 albums that turn 30 this year.


Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique

The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses

Pixies – Doolittle

New Order – Technique

The Tragically Hip – Up To Here

The Cure – Disintegration

Rush – Presto

Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine

Nirvana – Bleach

Simple Minds – Street Fighting Years

The Rolling Stones – Steel Wheels

Kate Bush – The Sensual World

Janet Jackson – Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814

Paul McCartney – Flowers in the Dirt

Todd Rundgren – Nearly Human

Elvis Costello – Spike

The B-52s – Cosmic Thing

Lou Reed – New York

Queen – The Miracle

Neil Young – Freedom

Tom Petty – Full Moon Fever

Aerosmith – Pump

Bob Dylan – Oh Mercy

Mötley Crüe – Dr. Feelgood

Lenny Kravitz – Let Love Rule

Faith No More – The Real Thing

Madonna – Like A Prayer

Prince – Batman

Phil Collins – …But Seriously

De La Soul – 3 Feet High and Rising

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