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Best Albums of the 1980s

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Listed below are the greatest albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 19,000 greatest album charts.

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YearAlbums   The number of albums from each year featuring in the greatest album charts. Score   Total rank score for each year (made up of the total rank score from all albums in that year) Top Ranked Album   The top ranked album from each year and where it ranks in the overall chart.
1980775182,753 Remain In Light (55th)
by Talking Heads
198188198,017 Moving Pictures (168th)
by Rush
1982866126,634 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
1983843113,446 Murmur (132nd)
by R.E.M.
1984891159,335 Purple Rain (115th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985834123,109 Rain Dogs (98th)
by Tom Waits
1986945175,635 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,007174,092 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,020160,666 Daydream Nation (50th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,087227,724 Doolittle (18th)
by Pixies
Total9,1491,541,410

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, U2, The Cure, The Stone Roses, Metallica, Talking Heads, Sonic Youth, R.E.M. and Michael Jackson.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

DoolittleUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,317 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:57,583
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:18
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,377 votes)
Comments: 149 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,177 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:50,249
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,284 votes)
Comments: 125 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,002 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:41,063
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:30
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,118 votes)
Comments: 112 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:969 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:37,656
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:32
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,256 votes)
Comments: 130 comments
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5.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:774 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:26,425
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:51
Average Rating:  84/100 (904 votes)
Comments: 86 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:749 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:26,192
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:54
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (820 votes)
Comments: 61 comments
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7.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:810 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:25,858
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:55
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (911 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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8.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:710 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:24,730
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:58
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,000 votes)
Comments: 90 comments
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9.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:710 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:23,410
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:63
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (877 votes)
Comments: 63 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:700 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:21,646
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:73
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,008 votes)
Comments: 71 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 118 12%
1982 94 9%
1983 93 9%
1984 95 10%
1985 92 9%
1986 110 11%
1987 89 9%
1988 96 10%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
Siouxsie & The Banshees 7 1%
Eurythmics 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 414 41%
United States 394 39%
Australia 43 4%
Canada 22 2%
Germany 17 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Norway 14 1%
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