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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 19,000 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.
1980763180,053 Remain In Light (55th)
by Talking Heads
198186597,190 Moving Pictures (165th)
by Rush
1982854124,905 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
1983830111,785 Murmur (127th)
by R.E.M.
1984871158,586 Purple Rain (113th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985817122,256 Rain Dogs (96th)
by Tom Waits
1986928173,802 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987988172,857 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,005159,303 Daydream Nation (49th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,061224,311 Doolittle (18th)
by Pixies
Total8,9821,525,049

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:1,295 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:56,572
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:18
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,348 votes)
Comments: 145 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,158 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:49,678
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,253 votes)
Comments: 124 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:994 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:41,034
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:30
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,096 votes)
Comments: 110 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:960 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:37,523
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:32
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,240 votes)
Comments: 126 comments
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5.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:772 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:26,739
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:49
Average Rating:  84/100 (891 votes)
Comments: 83 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:739 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:25,698
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:54
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (808 votes)
Comments: 61 comments
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7.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:800 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:25,604
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:55
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (894 votes)
Comments: 74 comments
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8.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:710 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:24,406
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:59
Average Rating:  79/100 (988 votes)
Comments: 88 comments
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9.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:705 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:23,413
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:62
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (860 votes)
Comments: 62 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:694 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:21,459
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:73
Average Rating:  79/100 (996 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 113 11%
1981 117 12%
1982 94 9%
1983 93 9%
1984 97 10%
1985 91 9%
1986 109 11%
1987 90 9%
1988 97 10%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Rush 7 1%
U2 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 416 42%
United States 390 39%
Australia 42 4%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 18 2%
Norway 14 1%
Ireland 13 1%
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