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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.
19801,001206,754 Remain In Light (50th)
by Talking Heads
19811,087114,918 Moving Pictures (158th)
by Rush
19821,077145,298 Thriller (76th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,031132,715 Murmur (135th)
by R.E.M.
19841,070181,110 Purple Rain (108th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985986138,074 Rain Dogs (103rd)
by Tom Waits
19861,095199,675 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,191197,487 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,180180,992 Daydream Nation (54th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,218255,188 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total10,9361,752,212

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:1,521 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:65,429
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,654 votes)
Comments: 183 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,404 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:57,883
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,566 votes)
Comments: 157 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,154 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:45,420
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:30
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,322 votes)
Comments: 131 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,087 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:40,676
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:32
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,472 votes)
Comments: 148 comments
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5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:958 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:30,471
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:50
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,103 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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6.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:891 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:29,477
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:54
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,063 votes)
Comments: 97 comments
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7.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:861 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:29,376
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:55
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (991 votes)
Comments: 69 comments
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8.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:801 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:26,680
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:62
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,162 votes)
Comments: 103 comments
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9.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:818 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:26,058
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:65
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,041 votes)
Comments: 74 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:807 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:24,136
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:76
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,187 votes)
Comments: 82 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 110 11%
1981 123 12%
1982 96 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 95 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 104 10%
1987 95 10%
1988 96 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 9 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
Simple Minds 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 417 42%
United States 390 39%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 29 3%
Germany 18 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Argentina 11 1%
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