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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 26,000 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.
19801,128227,070 Remain In Light (49th)
by Talking Heads
19811,196126,473 Moving Pictures (153rd)
by Rush
19821,175159,264 Thriller (75th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,147144,161 Murmur (139th)
by R.E.M.
19841,207199,232 Purple Rain (111th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,158152,769 Rain Dogs (104th)
by Tom Waits
19861,271219,673 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,381213,810 The Joshua Tree (34th)
by U2
19881,325197,800 Daydream Nation (53rd)
by Sonic Youth
19891,359277,323 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total12,3471,917,574

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

DoolittleUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,669 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:70,150
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,854 votes)
Comments: 195 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,582 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:64,009
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,766 votes)
Comments: 177 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,283 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:48,894
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,468 votes)
Comments: 142 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,200 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:43,132
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:34
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,638 votes)
Comments: 158 comments
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5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,091 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:34,278
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:49
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,263 votes)
Comments: 105 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:994 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:33,559
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:52
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,151 votes)
Comments: 76 comments
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7.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,006 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:32,681
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:53
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,192 votes)
Comments: 103 comments
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8.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:886 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:28,264
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:64
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,294 votes)
Comments: 110 comments
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9.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:913 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:28,177
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:65
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,185 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:911 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:26,249
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:75
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,330 votes)
Comments: 92 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 113 11%
1981 120 12%
1982 98 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 96 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 103 10%
1987 91 9%
1988 97 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 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 418 42%
United States 394 39%
Australia 43 4%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 13 1%
Argentina 11 1%
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