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