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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.
19801,113223,412 Remain In Light (51st)
by Talking Heads
19811,181124,503 Moving Pictures (151st)
by Rush
19821,165156,535 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,136142,909 Murmur (138th)
by R.E.M.
19841,198196,735 Purple Rain (110th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,133150,590 Rain Dogs (107th)
by Tom Waits
19861,227217,304 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,324211,375 The Joshua Tree (33rd)
by U2
19881,305194,814 Daydream Nation (54th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,341273,555 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total12,1231,891,732

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:1,645 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:69,090
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,829 votes)
Comments: 191 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,562 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:63,351
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,742 votes)
Comments: 173 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,263 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:48,047
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,451 votes)
Comments: 141 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,184 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:42,744
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:33
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,613 votes)
Comments: 156 comments
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5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,069 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:33,296
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:51
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,243 votes)
Comments: 103 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:978 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:33,045
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:52
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,126 votes)
Comments: 75 comments
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7.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:990 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:32,197
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:54
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,175 votes)
Comments: 103 comments
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8.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:878 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:28,145
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:64
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,279 votes)
Comments: 108 comments
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9.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:896 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:27,650
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:65
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,165 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:900 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:26,234
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:73
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,314 votes)
Comments: 91 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 119 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 98 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 103 10%
1987 93 9%
1988 97 10%
1989 97 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 417 42%
United States 397 40%
Australia 44 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 18 2%
Ireland 13 1%
Argentina 11 1%
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