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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 18,000 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.
1980759178,708 Remain In Light (56th)
by Talking Heads
198185896,451 Moving Pictures (163rd)
by Rush
1982853124,030 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
1983826110,778 Murmur (130th)
by R.E.M.
1984859157,122 Purple Rain (114th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985812120,935 Rain Dogs (99th)
by Tom Waits
1986921172,606 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987982171,141 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,003157,878 Daydream Nation (49th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,051221,544 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total8,9241,511,193

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:1,272 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:55,445
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,319 votes)
Comments: 142 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,152 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:49,434
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,233 votes)
Comments: 123 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:983 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:40,493
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:30
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,080 votes)
Comments: 107 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:957 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:37,387
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:32
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,223 votes)
Comments: 125 comments
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5.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:765 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:26,419
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:49
Average Rating:  84/100 (877 votes)
Comments: 82 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:730 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:25,347
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:54
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (789 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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7.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:784 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:25,138
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:56
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (878 votes)
Comments: 73 comments
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8.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:703 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:24,304
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:59
Average Rating:  79/100 (963 votes)
Comments: 87 comments
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9.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:697 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:23,171
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:62
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (844 votes)
Comments: 62 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:691 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:21,306
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:72
Average Rating:  79/100 (979 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 116 12%
1982 92 9%
1983 93 9%
1984 97 10%
1985 91 9%
1986 110 11%
1987 91 9%
1988 100 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
Rush 7 1%
Ramones 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 415 42%
United States 393 39%
Australia 42 4%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 17 2%
Norway 14 1%
Ireland 13 1%
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