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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 17,000 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.
1980719169,284 Remain In Light (55th)
by Talking Heads
198178090,395 Moving Pictures (168th)
by Rush
1982813116,162 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
1983776105,407 Murmur (132nd)
by R.E.M.
1984820146,763 Purple Rain (116th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985780115,487 Rain Dogs (91st)
by Tom Waits
1986878164,342 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987924162,744 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988957150,205 Daydream Nation (49th)
by Sonic Youth
1989986210,992 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total8,4331,431,782

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 Guns N' Roses.
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1.

DoolittleUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,221 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:53,869
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,252 votes)
Comments: 133 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,095 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:47,478
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,160 votes)
Comments: 118 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:931 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:39,224
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:31
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,028 votes)
Comments: 105 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:921 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:36,740
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:32
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,173 votes)
Comments: 122 comments
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5.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:733 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:26,111
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:49
Average Rating:  84/100 (841 votes)
Comments: 78 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:689 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:24,204
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:54
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (744 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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7.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:738 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:24,201
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:55
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (830 votes)
Comments: 69 comments
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8.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:677 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:23,703
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:58
Average Rating:  79/100 (932 votes)
Comments: 82 comments
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9.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:659 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:22,215
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:65
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (803 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:655 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:20,242
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:73
Average Rating:  79/100 (945 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 114 11%
1982 96 10%
1983 92 9%
1984 100 10%
1985 89 9%
1986 106 11%
1987 91 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Depeche Mode 7 1%
Siouxsie & The Banshees 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
U2 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 408 41%
United States 399 40%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 24 2%
Norway 15 2%
Germany 15 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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