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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 15,000 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.
1980657158,443 Remain In Light (59th)
by Talking Heads
198170783,819 Moving Pictures (153rd)
by Rush
1982724109,867 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
198367696,524 Murmur (132nd)
by R.E.M.
1984712138,324 Purple Rain (115th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985661106,939 Rain Dogs (99th)
by Tom Waits
1986743153,000 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987795152,759 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988829138,864 Daydream Nation (47th)
by Sonic Youth
1989868197,765 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total7,3721,336,303

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

DoolittleUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,125 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:50,345
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: 88/100 (1,136 votes)
Comments: 123 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,024 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:44,768
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: 87/100 (1,061 votes)
Comments: 111 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:874 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:37,707
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:30
Average Rating: 85/100 (958 votes)
Comments: 99 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:859 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:34,762
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: 82/100 (1,092 votes)
Comments: 115 comments
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5.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:693 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:24,632
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:47
Average Rating: 84/100 (766 votes)
Comments: 73 comments
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6.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:644 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:22,932
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:54
Average Rating: 79/100 (868 votes)
Comments: 78 comments
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7.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:627 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:22,345
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:57
Average Rating: 85/100 (679 votes)
Comments: 48 comments
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8.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:672 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:21,920
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:59
Average Rating: 85/100 (751 votes)
Comments: 65 comments
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9.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:613 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:20,970
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:63
Average Rating: 85/100 (743 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:612 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:19,659
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:71
Average Rating: 79/100 (878 votes)
Comments: 62 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 110 11%
1981 114 11%
1982 97 10%
1983 93 9%
1984 101 10%
1985 89 9%
1986 100 10%
1987 91 9%
1988 105 11%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 410 41%
United States 397 40%
Australia 42 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 15 2%
Norway 15 2%
Ireland 12 1%
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