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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.
19801,060214,703 Remain In Light (48th)
by Talking Heads
19811,123118,990 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,117151,508 Thriller (75th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,078137,567 Murmur (137th)
by R.E.M.
19841,144189,374 Purple Rain (109th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,061145,246 Rain Dogs (105th)
by Tom Waits
19861,140208,790 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,236204,040 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,235187,159 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,287264,268 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total11,4811,821,646

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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RankAlbumArtist
1.

DoolittleUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,567 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:67,159
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,746 votes)
Comments: 189 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,477 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:60,571
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,660 votes)
Comments: 169 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,201 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:46,708
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,388 votes)
Comments: 135 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,136 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:41,978
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:32
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,544 votes)
Comments: 153 comments
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5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,004 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:32,047
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:48
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,175 votes)
Comments: 99 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:927 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:31,514
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:52
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,062 votes)
Comments: 72 comments
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7.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:929 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:30,367
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:56
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,127 votes)
Comments: 100 comments
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8.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:833 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:27,516
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:63
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,221 votes)
Comments: 108 comments
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9.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:853 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:26,760
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:65
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,105 votes)
Comments: 76 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:859 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:25,368
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:75
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,256 votes)
Comments: 88 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 109 11%
1981 121 12%
1982 95 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 97 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 104 10%
1987 92 9%
1988 99 10%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 414 41%
United States 396 40%
Australia 42 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 17 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Argentina 11 1%
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