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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.
1980828189,451 Remain In Light (53rd)
by Talking Heads
1981949102,485 Moving Pictures (166th)
by Rush
1982920130,340 Thriller (71st)
by Michael Jackson
1983892118,467 Murmur (133rd)
by R.E.M.
1984945166,161 Purple Rain (112th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985880128,103 Rain Dogs (99th)
by Tom Waits
1986986181,230 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,062179,184 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,082166,207 Daydream Nation (52nd)
by Sonic Youth
19891,133233,728 Doolittle (18th)
by Pixies
Total9,6771,595,358

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:1,369 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:59,422
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:18
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,442 votes)
Comments: 156 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,229 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:51,976
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,348 votes)
Comments: 139 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,041 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:42,202
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:31
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,169 votes)
Comments: 115 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,002 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:38,522
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:32
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,309 votes)
Comments: 132 comments
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5.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:812 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:27,400
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:52
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (948 votes)
Comments: 88 comments
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6.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:851 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:27,145
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:53
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (964 votes)
Comments: 82 comments
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7.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:777 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:26,707
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:55
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (861 votes)
Comments: 63 comments
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8.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:732 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:25,136
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:59
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,040 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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9.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:734 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:24,093
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:65
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (925 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:736 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:22,672
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:71
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,059 votes)
Comments: 75 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 115 12%
1981 118 12%
1982 92 9%
1983 96 10%
1984 95 10%
1985 91 9%
1986 109 11%
1987 92 9%
1988 93 9%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 414 41%
United States 395 40%
Australia 42 4%
Canada 23 2%
Germany 16 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Norway 14 1%
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