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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.
1980672160,458 Remain In Light (59th)
by Talking Heads
198172785,110 Moving Pictures (164th)
by Rush
1982745110,813 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
198370198,297 Murmur (132nd)
by R.E.M.
1984744139,815 Purple Rain (116th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985686108,297 Rain Dogs (99th)
by Tom Waits
1986774155,363 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987832154,495 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988862140,937 Daydream Nation (47th)
by Sonic Youth
1989904200,798 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total7,6471,354,385

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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1.

DoolittleUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,143 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:51,066
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: 88/100 (1,169 votes)
Comments: 125 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,031 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:44,830
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: 87/100 (1,082 votes)
Comments: 112 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:880 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:37,895
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:30
Average Rating: 85/100 (976 votes)
Comments: 100 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:874 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:35,082
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: 82/100 (1,107 votes)
Comments: 119 comments
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5.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:700 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:24,383
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:47
Average Rating: 84/100 (785 votes)
Comments: 74 comments
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6.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:648 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:23,057
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:54
Average Rating: 79/100 (884 votes)
Comments: 78 comments
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7.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:638 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:22,796
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:57
Average Rating: 85/100 (703 votes)
Comments: 48 comments
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8.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:683 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:22,398
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:59
Average Rating: 85/100 (774 votes)
Comments: 66 comments
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9.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:620 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:21,072
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:66
Average Rating: 85/100 (764 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:625 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:19,760
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:72
Average Rating: 79/100 (902 votes)
Comments: 63 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 111 11%
1982 96 10%
1983 94 9%
1984 100 10%
1985 89 9%
1986 106 11%
1987 92 9%
1988 103 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 9 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
Ramones 7 1%
Eurythmics 7 1%
U2 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 410 41%
United States 400 40%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 26 3%
Norway 15 2%
Germany 15 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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