Stream and download FACT's final Best of the 1980s mix, focusing on the decade's best 20 albums

A week on from completing our 100 Best Albums of the 1980s countdown, here’s the final of our accompanying mixes. 

Each day, we’ve been posting an easily digestible 20-track mix every day this week, curated by a different member of our editorial staff. The final mix, by Tom Lea, features material from each of the records that made the the list’s top 20, opening with Steve Roach’s ‘Quiet Friend’ and Glenn Branca’s ‘Lesson No. 2′, and closing on a run of Alexander Robotnick, Arthur Russell and Minor Threat. Also: who knew that Young Marble Giants’ ‘N.I.T.A.’ and Mr. Fingers’ ‘Waterfall’ work so well together?

If you click on a track below, you can read more info on its respective full-length, and if you want to check the other mixes so far, part one can be found here part two is here, part three is here and part four is here.


Steve Roach – ‘Quiet Friend’ / Glenn Branca – ‘Lesson No. 2’
Cocteau Twins – ‘My Love Paramour’
Too $hort – ‘You Know What I Mean’
The Smiths – ‘I Don’t Owe You Anything’
Tom Waits – ‘Hang Down Your Head’
Young Marble Giants – ‘N.I.T.A.’
Mr. Fingers – ‘Waterfall’
Ultramagnetic MCs – ‘Give The Drummer Some’
Coil – ‘The Anal Staircase’
Godflesh – ‘Head Dirt’
Virgo – ‘Going Thru Life’
Kraftwerk – ‘Numbers’
808 State – ‘Sync/Swim’
Monoton – ‘Soundtrack’
Manuel Gottsching – ‘Ruhige Nervosität’
Kate Bush – ‘Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)’
Alexander Robotnick – ‘Computer Sourire’
Arthur Russell – ‘See-Through’
Minor Threat – ‘Look Back and Laugh’



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