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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 16,000 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.
1980684166,390 Remain In Light (56th)
by Talking Heads
198174487,686 Moving Pictures (168th)
by Rush
1982771114,043 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
1983721102,386 Murmur (131st)
by R.E.M.
1984766143,783 Purple Rain (118th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985720113,196 Rain Dogs (94th)
by Tom Waits
1986813161,230 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987873158,647 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988906145,965 Daydream Nation (49th)
by Sonic Youth
1989936207,210 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total7,9341,400,536

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:1,186 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:52,639
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: 88/100 (1,211 votes)
Comments: 129 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,079 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:46,747
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: 87/100 (1,124 votes)
Comments: 116 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:911 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:38,745
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:30
Average Rating: 85/100 (1,005 votes)
Comments: 103 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:895 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:35,938
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: 82/100 (1,141 votes)
Comments: 121 comments
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5.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:713 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:24,944
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:49
Average Rating: 84/100 (818 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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6.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:722 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:23,846
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:55
Average Rating: 85/100 (806 votes)
Comments: 69 comments
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7.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:669 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:23,833
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:56
Average Rating: 85/100 (726 votes)
Comments: 52 comments
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8.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:661 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:23,379
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:58
Average Rating: 79/100 (907 votes)
Comments: 81 comments
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9.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:648 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:21,956
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:63
Average Rating: 85/100 (787 votes)
Comments: 57 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:646 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:19,940
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:73
Average Rating: 79/100 (920 votes)
Comments: 66 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 113 11%
1982 97 10%
1983 92 9%
1984 100 10%
1985 90 9%
1986 108 11%
1987 90 9%
1988 101 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
U2 7 1%
Siouxsie & The Banshees 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
Ramones 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 410 41%
United States 397 40%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 26 3%
Norway 15 2%
Germany 15 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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