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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 18,000 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.
1980751176,363 Remain In Light (56th)
by Talking Heads
198184794,719 Moving Pictures (168th)
by Rush
1982845121,563 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
1983813109,446 Murmur (130th)
by R.E.M.
1984849155,159 Purple Rain (113th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985802119,665 Rain Dogs (90th)
by Tom Waits
1986913170,698 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987961168,843 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988989157,127 Daydream Nation (48th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,031218,366 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total8,8011,491,949

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:1,254 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:54,849
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,308 votes)
Comments: 140 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,137 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:48,899
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,217 votes)
Comments: 121 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:966 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:39,863
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:31
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,069 votes)
Comments: 107 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:949 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:37,262
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:32
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,206 votes)
Comments: 123 comments
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5.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:756 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:26,737
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:48
Average Rating:  84/100 (871 votes)
Comments: 79 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:717 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:25,147
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:54
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (780 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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7.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:772 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:25,001
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:56
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (865 votes)
Comments: 72 comments
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8.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:697 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:24,305
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:58
Average Rating:  79/100 (958 votes)
Comments: 87 comments
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9.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:687 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:22,851
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:65
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (831 votes)
Comments: 61 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:683 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:21,147
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:73
Average Rating:  79/100 (971 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 114 11%
1982 93 9%
1983 93 9%
1984 98 10%
1985 90 9%
1986 110 11%
1987 92 9%
1988 99 10%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 413 41%
United States 393 39%
Australia 42 4%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 17 2%
Norway 14 1%
Ireland 13 1%
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