First things first: There was great music made in the '80s. U2, Peter Gabriel, R.E.M., Minor Threat, The Replacements, N.W.A, and far too many more to mention. But, when asked to pick the best year for music in our recent poll, nearly everyone who responded skipped the '80s. That is, almost no one would say that the 1980s produced a particularly memorable year in music.
This is the topic of discussion on the latest edition of All Songs Considered. Give a listen, then come back here and tell us what you think.
You can also check out what Carrie Brownstein had to say about the '80s in her Monitor Mix blog.