Ten Classic College Radio Albums

Sep 13, 2023 by Daniel de Visé

For a few years in the mid-1980s, the trusty correlation between artistry and commerce in rock music seemed to break down. Many of the best and most influential bands of the era, from the Smiths to the Replacements to Hüsker Dü, failed to break through to Top 40 success or, like R.E.M., waited years to get there.

Yet, if you walked onto a college campus in the mid-'80s, those bands were everywhere, blaring out of dorm windows, spinning in heavy rotation on college-radio stations at the left of the dial.

Here are 10 great albums of the college-radio era.

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