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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 20,000 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.
1980825188,269 Remain In Light (53rd)
by Talking Heads
1981940100,856 Moving Pictures (168th)
by Rush
1982915129,365 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
1983890116,848 Murmur (132nd)
by R.E.M.
1984938164,046 Purple Rain (110th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985875126,669 Rain Dogs (99th)
by Tom Waits
1986983179,707 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,059177,869 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,080164,508 Daydream Nation (49th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,128231,725 Doolittle (18th)
by Pixies
Total9,6331,579,861

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:1,354 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:58,891
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:18
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,417 votes)
Comments: 154 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,215 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:51,433
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,331 votes)
Comments: 136 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,032 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:41,741
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:31
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,155 votes)
Comments: 115 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:991 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:38,407
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:32
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,295 votes)
Comments: 131 comments
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5.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:805 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:27,319
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:49
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (939 votes)
Comments: 87 comments
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6.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:844 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:27,167
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:53
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (949 votes)
Comments: 82 comments
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7.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:768 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:26,545
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:55
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (847 votes)
Comments: 63 comments
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8.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:729 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:25,229
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:58
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,032 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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9.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:728 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:23,943
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:64
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (912 votes)
Comments: 66 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:734 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:22,560
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:73
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,045 votes)
Comments: 74 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 115 12%
1981 118 12%
1982 92 9%
1983 92 9%
1984 97 10%
1985 90 9%
1986 110 11%
1987 92 9%
1988 94 9%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 413 41%
United States 397 40%
Australia 43 4%
Canada 23 2%
Germany 16 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Norway 14 1%
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