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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.
1980684165,576 Remain In Light (55th)
by Talking Heads
198174187,268 Moving Pictures (168th)
by Rush
1982768113,627 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
1983718101,511 Murmur (132nd)
by R.E.M.
1984764143,195 Purple Rain (117th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985716112,669 Rain Dogs (93rd)
by Tom Waits
1986803160,080 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987862158,214 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988894145,169 Daydream Nation (49th)
by Sonic Youth
1989930206,699 Doolittle (18th)
by Pixies
Total7,8801,394,007

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:1,180 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:52,607
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: 88/100 (1,205 votes)
Comments: 129 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,073 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:46,561
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: 87/100 (1,117 votes)
Comments: 116 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:908 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:38,741
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: 85/100 (1,000 votes)
Comments: 102 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:890 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:35,668
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: 82/100 (1,134 votes)
Comments: 121 comments
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5.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:711 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:24,933
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:49
Average Rating: 84/100 (812 votes)
Comments: 76 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:669 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:23,758
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:54
Average Rating: 85/100 (723 votes)
Comments: 52 comments
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7.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:716 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:23,725
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:56
Average Rating: 85/100 (804 votes)
Comments: 69 comments
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8.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:661 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:23,364
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:58
Average Rating: 79/100 (904 votes)
Comments: 80 comments
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9.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:644 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:21,820
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:63
Average Rating: 85/100 (784 votes)
Comments: 57 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:645 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:19,878
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:73
Average Rating: 79/100 (918 votes)
Comments: 66 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 112 11%
1982 97 10%
1983 93 9%
1984 101 10%
1985 89 9%
1986 109 11%
1987 90 9%
1988 100 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
U2 7 1%
Siouxsie & The Banshees 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
Eurythmics 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 410 41%
United States 396 40%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 25 3%
Norway 15 2%
Germany 15 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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