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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 14,000 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.
1980615148,982 Remain in Light (59th)
by Talking Heads
198166478,604 Moving Pictures (154th)
by Rush
1982672101,107 Thriller (70th)
by Michael Jackson
198361790,516 Murmur (132nd)
by R.E.M.
1984659127,881 Purple Rain (118th)
by Prince & The Revolution
198560799,070 Rain Dogs (97th)
by Tom Waits
1986690144,059 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987739145,625 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988755131,277 Daydream Nation (46th)
by Sonic Youth
1989800186,007 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total6,8181,253,127

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

DoolittleUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,053 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:47,553
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: 88/100 (1,061 votes)
Comments: 119 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:966 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:42,524
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: 86/100 (986 votes)
Comments: 104 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:816 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:35,696
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:30
Average Rating: 85/100 (899 votes)
Comments: 91 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:812 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:33,608
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: 82/100 (1,033 votes)
Comments: 112 comments
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5.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:646 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:23,699
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:46
Average Rating: 84/100 (712 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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6.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:608 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:22,406
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:49
Average Rating: 80/100 (835 votes)
Comments: 76 comments
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7.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:578 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:20,823
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:58
Average Rating: 85/100 (633 votes)
Comments: 46 comments
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8.

Remain in LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:621 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:20,630
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:59
Average Rating: 86/100 (705 votes)
Comments: 62 comments
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9.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:574 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:19,803
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:65
Average Rating: 85/100 (690 votes)
Comments: 50 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:566 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:18,636
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:70
Average Rating: 79/100 (825 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 117 12%
1982 92 9%
1983 95 10%
1984 99 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 97 10%
1987 94 9%
1988 104 10%
1989 103 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 9 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
U2 7 1%
Depeche Mode 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 412 41%
United States 394 39%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 27 3%
Norway 16 2%
Germany 15 2%
Ireland 12 1%
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