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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 22,000 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.
1980962199,896 Remain In Light (50th)
by Talking Heads
19811,052111,293 Moving Pictures (161st)
by Rush
19821,024139,308 Thriller (75th)
by Michael Jackson
1983965125,358 Murmur (134th)
by R.E.M.
19841,023172,988 Purple Rain (110th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985967133,636 Rain Dogs (103rd)
by Tom Waits
19861,060190,590 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,141190,011 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,150175,092 Daydream Nation (52nd)
by Sonic Youth
19891,188244,686 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total10,5321,682,859

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:1,450 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:62,684
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,559 votes)
Comments: 170 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,323 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:55,596
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,463 votes)
Comments: 149 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,095 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:43,971
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:30
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,253 votes)
Comments: 125 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,038 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:39,619
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:32
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,391 votes)
Comments: 139 comments
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5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:911 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:29,122
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:50
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,044 votes)
Comments: 89 comments
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6.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:846 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:28,510
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:52
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,011 votes)
Comments: 94 comments
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7.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:812 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:27,936
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:56
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (930 votes)
Comments: 65 comments
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8.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:779 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:26,100
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:59
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,105 votes)
Comments: 100 comments
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9.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:784 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:25,268
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:63
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (990 votes)
Comments: 73 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:780 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:23,641
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:75
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,133 votes)
Comments: 78 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 116 12%
1981 119 12%
1982 93 9%
1983 96 10%
1984 97 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 102 10%
1987 93 9%
1988 96 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 419 42%
United States 389 39%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 25 3%
Germany 18 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Argentina 12 1%
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