Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The 1982 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll

Albums

1. Elvis Costello: Imperial Bedroom (Columbia) 1061 (87)
2. Richard & Linda Thompson: Shoot Out the Lights (Hannibal) 946 (79)
3. Bruce Springsteen: Nebraska (Columbia) 869 (67)
4. King Sunny Adé & His African Beats: Juju Music (Mango) 745 (60)
5. Lou Reed: The Blue Mask (RCA Victor) 679 (60)
6. Prince: 1999 (Warner Bros.) 655 (58)
7. The English Beat: Special Beat Service (I.R.S.) 564 (57)
8. Marvin Gaye: Midnight Love (Columbia) 528 (42)
9. Marshall Crenshaw (Warner Bros.) 440 (42)
10. X: Under the Big Black Sun (Elektra) 435 (40)
11. Roxy Music: Avalon (Warner Bros.) 363 (32)
12. Flipper: Album/Generic Flipper (Subterranean) 310 (31)
13. Ornette Coleman: Of Human Feelings (Antilles) 309 (27)
14. Donald Fagen: The Nightfly (Warner Bros.) 291 (29)
15. Michael Jackson: Thriller (Epic) 288 (26)
16. Laurie Anderson: Big Science (Warner Bros.) 286 (32)
17. Joe Jackson: Night & Day (A&M) 272 (23)
18. The Clash: Combat Rock (Epic) 264 (28)
19. ABC: The Lexicon Of Love (Mercury) 256 (28)
20. Gang Of Four: Songs Of the Free (Warner Bros.) 211 (18)
21. Richard Hell and the Voidoids: Destiny Street (Red Star) 200 (23)
22. Rank and File: Sundown (Slash) 192 (19)
23. The dB's: Repercussion (Albion import) 187 (16) *
24. The Dream Syndicate: Days of Wine and Roses (Ruby) 177 (19)
25. Fleshtones: Roman Gods (I.R.S.) 177 (17)
26. Kid Creole and the Coconuts: Wise Guy (Sire/ZE) 169 (18) *
The Human League: Dare (A&M) 169 (18)
28. Van Morrison: Beautiful Vision (Warner Bros.) 158 (18)
29. George Clinton: Computer Games (Capitol) 158 (16)
30. XTC: English Settlement (Epic) 156 (16) **
31. Mission of Burma: Vs. (Ace of Hearts) 152 (12)
32. Warren Zevon: The Envoy (Asylum) 145 (17)
33. Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band: Ice Cream for Crow (Epic) 132 (16)
34. Paul McCartney: Tug of War (Columbia) 127 (14)
35. The Roches: Keep on Doing (Warner Bros.) 120 (12)
36. Aretha Franklin: Jump to It (Arista) 112 (11)
37. Fleetwood Mac: Mirage (Warner Bros.) 104 (12)
38. Ronald Shannon Jackson and the Decoding Society: Mandance (Antilles) 104 (11)
39. Joni Mitchell: Wild Things Run Fast (Geffen) 101 (12)
40. Ted Hawkins: Watch Your Step (Rounder) 101 (11)
Squeeze: Sweets From a Stranger (A&M) 101 (11)

* Includes 1981 votes for import versions: dB's 104 (9); Human League 69 (7).

** Includes 33 (3) for import version.

Singles

1. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five: "The Message" (Sugarhill) 156
2. Marvin Gaye: "Sexual Healing" (Columbia) 104
3. The Clash: "Rock the Casbah" (Epic) 52
4. Prince: "1999"/"How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore?" (Warner Bros.) 48
5. Soft Cell: "Tainted Love"/"Where Did Our Love Go?" (Sire) 47 *
6. Musical Youth: "Pass the Dutchie" (MCA) 44
7. Pretenders: "Back On the Chain Gang"/"My City Was Gone" (Sire) 43
8. Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force: "Planet Rock" (Tommy Boy) 41
9. ABC: "The Look Of Love" (Mercury) 32
Aretha Franklin: "Jump To It" (Arista) 32
The Human League: "Don't You Want Me" (A&M) 32
12. New Order: "Temptation" (Factory import) 30
13. Gang Of Four: "I Love A Man in A Uniform"/"Producer" (Warner Bros.) 25
14. Junior: "Mama Used To Say" (Mercury) 24
15. Toni Basil: "Mickey" (Chrysalis) 20
16. Peter Gabriel: "Shock the Monkey" (Geffen) 19
The Gap Band: "You Dropped A Bomb On Me" (Total Experience) 19
18. The English Beat: "Save It For Later"/"Jeannette" (I.R.S.) 18
Joe Jackson: "Steppin' Out" (A&M) 18
20. Yaz: "Situation"/"Don't Go" (Sire/Mute import) 17
21. The Fearless Four: "Rockin' It" (Enjoy) 16
Flipper: "Sex Bomb"/"Brainwash" (Subterranean) 16 *
23. Fleetwood Mac: "Hold Me" (Warner Bros.) 15
Go-Go's: "Vacation" (I.R.S.) 15
The Weather Girls: "It's Raining Men" (Columbia) 15
Stevie Wonder: "That Girl"/"Do I Do" (Tamla) 15

* Includes 1981 votes: Soft Cell 31; Flipper 4.

EPs

1. T-Bone Burnett: Trap Door (Warner Bros.) 75 *
2. REM: Chronic Town (I.R.S.) 67
3. The Dream Syndicate: The Dream Syndicate (Down Under) 20
4. Meat Puppets: Meat Puppets (SST) 18
The Neats: The Monkey's Head in the Corner of the Room (Ace of Hearts) 18
6. The Jam: The Gift (Polydor) 16
7. The Brains: Dancing Under Streetlights (Landslide) 15
8. The Waitresses: I Could Rule the World If I Could Only Get the Parts (Polydor) 13
9. ESG: ESG Says Dance To the Beat Of the Moody (99) 11
Gang Of Four: Another Day/Another Dollar (Warner Bros.) 11 *

* Includes 8 album votes for Burnett and 6 1981 votes for Gang of Four.

Village Voice, Feb. 22, 1983


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