Continuing my list of favorite albums from every year I've been alive.
U2: Under a Blood Red Sky
I'm breaking my own rules in picking this one because I didn't actually discover it until the following year. But it's such an important album to me, because it launched a long-term infatuation with U2. Even though there was other music I was listening to in 1983 instead of this one, I can't in good conscience pick them over this. Even though (or because) it's a live album and not a studio record, it's one of my favorite recordings of all time.
My brother was actually the one who brought this home, but I borrowed it from him and didn't give it back for about a year. I remember carrying it around in my Walkman at high school to listen to between classes.
Can't embed the video, but here's the Blood Red Sky version of "Sunday Bloody Sunday."
I have to embed something though, so here's a song from an album I was actually listening to in 1983.
Big Country: The Crossing
David Bowie: Let's Dance
Billy Idol: Rebel Yell
Culture Club: "Karma Chameleon"
Def Leppard: "Rock of Ages"
The Eurythmics: "Here Comes the Rain Again"
Men at Work: "Dr. Heckyll and Mr. Jive"
Men at Work: "It's a Mistake"
The Romantics: "Talking in Your Sleep"
Styx: "Mr. Roboto"
Spandau Ballet: "True"
"Weird Al" Yankovic: "Another One Rides the Bus"
Yes: "Owner of a Lonely Heart"
Yes: "Leave It"
Edited to add: Rebel Yell by Billy Idol; "Mr. Roboto" by Styx