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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 16,000 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.
1980680163,322 Remain In Light (57th)
by Talking Heads
198173685,714 Moving Pictures (166th)
by Rush
1982762112,227 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
1983712100,233 Murmur (130th)
by R.E.M.
1984756141,501 Purple Rain (117th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985710110,371 Rain Dogs (96th)
by Tom Waits
1986801158,118 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987858156,233 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988885143,379 Daydream Nation (48th)
by Sonic Youth
1989923204,554 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total7,8231,375,651

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:1,164 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:51,982
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: 88/100 (1,191 votes)
Comments: 127 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,060 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:46,008
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: 87/100 (1,100 votes)
Comments: 113 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:897 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:38,732
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:28
Average Rating: 85/100 (988 votes)
Comments: 101 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:885 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:35,453
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: 82/100 (1,123 votes)
Comments: 119 comments
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5.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:706 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:24,616
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:48
Average Rating: 84/100 (802 votes)
Comments: 75 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:656 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:23,408
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:55
Average Rating: 85/100 (711 votes)
Comments: 49 comments
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7.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:657 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:23,283
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:56
Average Rating: 79/100 (895 votes)
Comments: 78 comments
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8.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:703 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:23,276
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:57
Average Rating: 85/100 (792 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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9.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:637 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:21,481
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:64
Average Rating: 85/100 (774 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:634 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:19,833
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:73
Average Rating: 79/100 (910 votes)
Comments: 66 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 110 11%
1982 97 10%
1983 93 9%
1984 102 10%
1985 89 9%
1986 108 11%
1987 90 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 97 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
U2 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
Rush 7 1%
Ramones 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 408 41%
United States 396 40%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 27 3%
Norway 16 2%
Germany 15 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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