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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.
1980807186,709 Remain In Light (53rd)
by Talking Heads
198191799,471 Moving Pictures (166th)
by Rush
1982897128,458 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
1983868115,694 Murmur (130th)
by R.E.M.
1984923162,391 Purple Rain (113th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985857125,858 Rain Dogs (97th)
by Tom Waits
1986965178,682 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,030177,131 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,043163,148 Daydream Nation (49th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,112230,386 Doolittle (18th)
by Pixies
Total9,4191,567,929

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:1,337 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:58,437
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:18
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,399 votes)
Comments: 151 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,202 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:51,186
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,309 votes)
Comments: 131 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,023 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:41,536
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:31
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,141 votes)
Comments: 113 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:981 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:38,071
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:32
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,277 votes)
Comments: 131 comments
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5.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:797 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:27,094
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:49
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (927 votes)
Comments: 86 comments
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6.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:834 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:26,726
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:53
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (931 votes)
Comments: 81 comments
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7.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:756 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:26,374
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:55
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (832 votes)
Comments: 61 comments
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8.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:726 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:25,107
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:58
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,019 votes)
Comments: 91 comments
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9.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:721 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:23,774
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:63
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (901 votes)
Comments: 65 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:721 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:22,315
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:72
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,030 votes)
Comments: 73 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 96 10%
1985 91 9%
1986 111 11%
1987 90 9%
1988 94 9%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Eurythmics 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
U2 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 417 42%
United States 395 40%
Australia 42 4%
Canada 22 2%
Germany 16 2%
Norway 14 1%
Ireland 14 1%
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