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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.
1980992205,154 Remain In Light (50th)
by Talking Heads
19811,083114,118 Moving Pictures (155th)
by Rush
19821,069143,890 Thriller (76th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,026131,616 Murmur (136th)
by R.E.M.
19841,062179,254 Purple Rain (110th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985983137,021 Rain Dogs (102nd)
by Tom Waits
19861,088197,782 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,181195,212 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,174179,242 Daydream Nation (54th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,215252,598 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total10,8731,735,887

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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1.

DoolittleUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,500 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:64,599
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,626 votes)
Comments: 179 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,390 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:57,402
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,533 votes)
Comments: 155 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,145 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:45,162
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:30
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,305 votes)
Comments: 130 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,069 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:40,092
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:32
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,445 votes)
Comments: 146 comments
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5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:948 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:30,246
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:50
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,081 votes)
Comments: 92 comments
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6.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:882 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:29,279
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:54
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,045 votes)
Comments: 97 comments
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7.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:852 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:28,927
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:56
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (980 votes)
Comments: 68 comments
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8.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:792 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:26,316
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:62
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,147 votes)
Comments: 102 comments
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9.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:811 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:25,908
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:65
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,026 votes)
Comments: 74 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:796 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:23,774
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:76
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,166 votes)
Comments: 80 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 124 12%
1982 96 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 96 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 103 10%
1987 93 9%
1988 94 9%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 9 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
U2 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 416 42%
United States 390 39%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 18 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Argentina 12 1%
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