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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 25,000 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.
19801,098219,451 Remain In Light (50th)
by Talking Heads
19811,158121,604 Moving Pictures (155th)
by Rush
19821,161155,045 Thriller (74th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,116140,524 Murmur (139th)
by R.E.M.
19841,169194,142 Purple Rain (107th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,093148,450 Rain Dogs (105th)
by Tom Waits
19861,197214,366 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,300208,696 The Joshua Tree (33rd)
by U2
19881,279191,510 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,326269,501 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total11,8971,863,289

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

DoolittleUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,616 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:68,509
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,785 votes)
Comments: 191 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,516 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:62,215
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,697 votes)
Comments: 170 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,235 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:47,627
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:30
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,423 votes)
Comments: 139 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,164 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:42,841
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:33
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,577 votes)
Comments: 153 comments
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5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,034 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:32,770
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:50
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,207 votes)
Comments: 100 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:951 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:32,400
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:52
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,098 votes)
Comments: 73 comments
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7.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:960 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:31,195
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:56
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,150 votes)
Comments: 100 comments
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8.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:863 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:28,210
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:63
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,254 votes)
Comments: 108 comments
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9.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:873 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:27,203
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:65
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,136 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:882 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:26,047
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:74
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,285 votes)
Comments: 91 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 109 11%
1981 121 12%
1982 97 10%
1983 100 10%
1984 98 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 104 10%
1987 92 9%
1988 97 10%
1989 97 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 413 41%
United States 396 40%
Australia 43 4%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 19 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Norway 11 1%
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