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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.
1980736172,468 Remain In Light (55th)
by Talking Heads
198181791,813 Moving Pictures (171st)
by Rush
1982833118,804 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
1983792107,306 Murmur (132nd)
by R.E.M.
1984832150,121 Purple Rain (112th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985788117,315 Rain Dogs (91st)
by Tom Waits
1986892167,076 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987943165,564 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988966152,983 Daydream Nation (48th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,011213,864 Doolittle (18th)
by Pixies
Total8,6101,457,314

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:1,234 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:54,453
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:18
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,284 votes)
Comments: 136 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,117 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:48,096
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,187 votes)
Comments: 120 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:941 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:39,165
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:31
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,049 votes)
Comments: 105 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:933 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:37,110
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:32
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,192 votes)
Comments: 122 comments
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5.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:744 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:26,551
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:48
Average Rating:  84/100 (861 votes)
Comments: 78 comments
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6.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:756 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:24,591
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:55
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (852 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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7.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:705 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:24,452
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:57
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (764 votes)
Comments: 58 comments
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8.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:682 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:23,940
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:58
Average Rating:  79/100 (948 votes)
Comments: 84 comments
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9.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:670 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:22,264
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:65
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (817 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:666 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:20,729
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:73
Average Rating:  79/100 (960 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 113 11%
1982 97 10%
1983 91 9%
1984 98 10%
1985 91 9%
1986 108 11%
1987 90 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 410 41%
United States 400 40%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 16 2%
Norway 14 1%
Ireland 13 1%
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