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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.
19801,013209,540 Remain In Light (48th)
by Talking Heads
19811,094116,505 Moving Pictures (156th)
by Rush
19821,084147,333 Thriller (76th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,041133,600 Murmur (138th)
by R.E.M.
19841,086184,528 Purple Rain (107th)
by Prince And The Revolution
1985993139,834 Rain Dogs (105th)
by Tom Waits
19861,102201,975 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,208199,437 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,195182,163 Daydream Nation (55th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,243258,415 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total11,0591,773,330

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:1,538 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:66,257
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,674 votes)
Comments: 186 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,430 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:58,986
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,594 votes)
Comments: 161 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,163 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:45,889
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:30
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,339 votes)
Comments: 134 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,105 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:40,984
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:32
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,491 votes)
Comments: 150 comments
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5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:975 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:31,497
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:48
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,128 votes)
Comments: 96 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:882 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:30,280
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:53
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,009 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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7.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:898 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:29,858
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:55
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,082 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:26,970
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:62
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,177 votes)
Comments: 104 comments
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9.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:832 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:26,226
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:65
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,060 votes)
Comments: 76 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:829 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:24,864
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:76
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,209 votes)
Comments: 85 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 110 11%
1981 123 12%
1982 97 10%
1983 97 10%
1984 96 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 105 11%
1987 94 9%
1988 94 9%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 9 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Siouxsie & The Banshees 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 415 42%
United States 394 39%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 18 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Argentina 11 1%
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