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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 17,000 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.
1980697166,861 Remain In Light (56th)
by Talking Heads
198175488,365 Moving Pictures (169th)
by Rush
1982787114,318 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
1983739103,258 Murmur (133rd)
by R.E.M.
1984785144,760 Purple Rain (117th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985741113,548 Rain Dogs (93rd)
by Tom Waits
1986835162,707 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987893160,177 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988922147,466 Daydream Nation (48th)
by Sonic Youth
1989954208,272 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total8,1071,409,733

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 Guns N' Roses.
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1.

DoolittleUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,202 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:52,899
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,230 votes)
Comments: 131 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,085 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:47,041
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,139 votes)
Comments: 117 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:915 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:38,723
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:31
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,012 votes)
Comments: 104 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:903 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:36,344
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:32
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,160 votes)
Comments: 122 comments
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5.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:722 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:25,659
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:48
Average Rating:  84/100 (829 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:677 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:23,893
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:55
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (731 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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7.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:725 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:23,795
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:56
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (814 votes)
Comments: 69 comments
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8.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:666 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:23,498
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:58
Average Rating:  79/100 (921 votes)
Comments: 81 comments
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9.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:648 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:21,801
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:64
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (798 votes)
Comments: 57 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:649 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:19,961
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:73
Average Rating:  79/100 (933 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 113 11%
1981 112 11%
1982 97 10%
1983 93 9%
1984 99 10%
1985 89 9%
1986 107 11%
1987 90 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
Depeche Mode 7 1%
U2 7 1%
Siouxsie & The Banshees 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 410 41%
United States 397 40%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 25 3%
Norway 15 2%
Germany 15 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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