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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 23,000 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.
19801,022210,797 Remain In Light (49th)
by Talking Heads
19811,097117,238 Moving Pictures (154th)
by Rush
19821,089147,592 Thriller (76th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,059134,927 Murmur (138th)
by R.E.M.
19841,094185,628 Purple Rain (108th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,006140,952 Rain Dogs (105th)
by Tom Waits
19861,103203,170 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,211200,491 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,204182,661 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,250258,435 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total11,1351,781,890

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

DoolittleUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,543 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:66,195
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,690 votes)
Comments: 186 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,435 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:59,227
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,602 votes)
Comments: 162 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,168 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:45,884
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,348 votes)
Comments: 134 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,109 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:41,260
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:32
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,497 votes)
Comments: 150 comments
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5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:974 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:31,247
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:49
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,135 votes)
Comments: 96 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:884 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:29,987
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:55
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,015 votes)
Comments: 71 comments
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7.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:901 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:29,741
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:56
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,086 votes)
Comments: 98 comments
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8.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:810 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:26,976
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:63
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,187 votes)
Comments: 105 comments
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9.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:832 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:26,285
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:65
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,066 votes)
Comments: 76 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:831 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:24,706
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:76
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,218 votes)
Comments: 85 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 108 11%
1981 125 13%
1982 96 10%
1983 97 10%
1984 96 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 104 10%
1987 93 9%
1988 96 10%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Eurythmics 7 1%
Siouxsie & The Banshees 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 416 42%
United States 394 39%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 17 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Mixed Nationality 11 1%
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