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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.
1980672161,244 Remain In Light (59th)
by Talking Heads
198172585,156 Moving Pictures (164th)
by Rush
1982743111,267 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
198369698,409 Murmur (135th)
by R.E.M.
1984738140,064 Purple Rain (116th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985677108,455 Rain Dogs (97th)
by Tom Waits
1986765155,857 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987828154,301 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988855141,285 Daydream Nation (47th)
by Sonic Youth
1989900200,584 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total7,5991,356,623

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:1,144 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:50,971
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: 88/100 (1,164 votes)
Comments: 125 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,033 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:45,065
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: 86/100 (1,080 votes)
Comments: 112 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:881 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:37,903
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: 85/100 (975 votes)
Comments: 100 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:872 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:35,006
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: 82/100 (1,105 votes)
Comments: 119 comments
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5.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:701 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:24,509
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:47
Average Rating: 84/100 (783 votes)
Comments: 73 comments
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6.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:647 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:22,975
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:55
Average Rating: 79/100 (883 votes)
Comments: 78 comments
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7.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:639 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:22,753
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:682 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:22,347
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:59
Average Rating: 85/100 (771 votes)
Comments: 65 comments
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9.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:620 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:21,159
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:66
Average Rating: 85/100 (762 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:626 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:19,777
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:72
Average Rating: 79/100 (899 votes)
Comments: 62 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 105 11%
1987 92 9%
1988 103 10%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 9 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
Rush 7 1%
Siouxsie & The Banshees 7 1%
Ramones 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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