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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.
1980677162,587 Remain In Light (58th)
by Talking Heads
198173585,749 Moving Pictures (165th)
by Rush
1982757111,892 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
198371199,679 Murmur (131st)
by R.E.M.
1984754140,827 Purple Rain (117th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985705109,697 Rain Dogs (96th)
by Tom Waits
1986790157,044 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987847155,582 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988877142,985 Daydream Nation (47th)
by Sonic Youth
1989918203,271 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total7,7711,369,313

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:1,156 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:51,621
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: 88/100 (1,180 votes)
Comments: 126 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,045 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:45,358
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: 87/100 (1,092 votes)
Comments: 112 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:891 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:38,344
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: 85/100 (983 votes)
Comments: 100 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:879 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:35,158
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: 82/100 (1,120 votes)
Comments: 119 comments
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5.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:707 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:24,550
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:47
Average Rating: 84/100 (795 votes)
Comments: 75 comments
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6.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:656 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:23,202
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:56
Average Rating: 79/100 (893 votes)
Comments: 78 comments
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7.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:651 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:23,151
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:57
Average Rating: 85/100 (708 votes)
Comments: 48 comments
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8.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:693 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:22,839
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:58
Average Rating: 85/100 (783 votes)
Comments: 66 comments
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9.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:633 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:21,415
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:64
Average Rating: 85/100 (770 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:631 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:19,776
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:72
Average Rating: 79/100 (909 votes)
Comments: 64 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 101 10%
1985 89 9%
1986 106 11%
1987 91 9%
1988 103 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
Depeche Mode 7 1%
Ramones 7 1%
U2 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 409 41%
United States 397 40%
Australia 42 4%
Canada 27 3%
Norway 16 2%
Germany 15 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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