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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 24,000 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.
19801,036212,418 Remain In Light (51st)
by Talking Heads
19811,104118,160 Moving Pictures (154th)
by Rush
19821,099149,156 Thriller (75th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,062136,153 Murmur (138th)
by R.E.M.
19841,120187,306 Purple Rain (110th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,045143,909 Rain Dogs (105th)
by Tom Waits
19861,122206,413 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,224202,565 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,214185,047 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,265261,349 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total11,2911,802,476

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, U2, Prince, The Cure, The Stone Roses, Metallica, Talking Heads, Sonic Youth and R.E.M..
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1.

DoolittleUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,551 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:66,666
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,713 votes)
Comments: 188 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,450 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:60,147
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,628 votes)
Comments: 165 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,177 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:46,358
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,364 votes)
Comments: 134 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,118 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:41,660
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:32
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,515 votes)
Comments: 151 comments
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5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:985 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:31,410
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:51
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,151 votes)
Comments: 97 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:902 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:30,686
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:53
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,034 votes)
Comments: 72 comments
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7.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:915 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:30,216
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:56
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,102 votes)
Comments: 98 comments
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8.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:821 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:27,177
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:63
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,205 votes)
Comments: 106 comments
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9.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:841 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:26,611
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:65
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,081 votes)
Comments: 76 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:844 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:25,094
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:75
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,230 votes)
Comments: 87 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 108 11%
1981 124 12%
1982 95 10%
1983 95 10%
1984 97 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 104 10%
1987 92 9%
1988 97 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 412 41%
United States 397 40%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 17 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Mixed Nationality 11 1%
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