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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 15,000 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.
1980654158,321 Remain In Light (59th)
by Talking Heads
198170483,766 Moving Pictures (153rd)
by Rush
1982720109,432 Thriller (71st)
by Michael Jackson
198366896,322 Murmur (132nd)
by R.E.M.
1984708137,659 Purple Rain (115th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985647106,182 Rain Dogs (100th)
by Tom Waits
1986731152,101 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987791152,325 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988827138,575 Daydream Nation (47th)
by Sonic Youth
1989867196,596 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total7,3171,331,278

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:1,115 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:49,955
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: 88/100 (1,133 votes)
Comments: 123 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,015 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:44,406
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: 87/100 (1,057 votes)
Comments: 111 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:864 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:37,377
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:30
Average Rating: 85/100 (958 votes)
Comments: 99 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:855 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:34,734
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: 82/100 (1,089 votes)
Comments: 115 comments
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5.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:691 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:24,641
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:47
Average Rating: 84/100 (764 votes)
Comments: 73 comments
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6.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:643 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:22,941
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:51
Average Rating: 79/100 (867 votes)
Comments: 78 comments
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7.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:623 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:22,148
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:57
Average Rating: 85/100 (673 votes)
Comments: 48 comments
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8.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:672 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:22,035
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:59
Average Rating: 85/100 (750 votes)
Comments: 65 comments
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9.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:610 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:20,912
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:64
Average Rating: 85/100 (740 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:610 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:19,602
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:71
Average Rating: 79/100 (877 votes)
Comments: 62 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 110 11%
1981 114 11%
1982 97 10%
1983 93 9%
1984 101 10%
1985 89 9%
1986 100 10%
1987 91 9%
1988 105 11%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 410 41%
United States 397 40%
Australia 42 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 15 2%
Norway 15 2%
Ireland 12 1%
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