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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.
19801,125226,499 Remain In Light (49th)
by Talking Heads
19811,194126,002 Moving Pictures (153rd)
by Rush
19821,171158,975 Thriller (75th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,143143,999 Murmur (139th)
by R.E.M.
19841,204198,741 Purple Rain (108th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,154152,707 Rain Dogs (104th)
by Tom Waits
19861,269219,312 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,376213,464 The Joshua Tree (34th)
by U2
19881,324197,137 Daydream Nation (55th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,359276,977 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total12,3191,913,813

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:1,667 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:70,003
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,853 votes)
Comments: 195 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,579 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:63,922
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,765 votes)
Comments: 177 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,280 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:48,860
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,466 votes)
Comments: 142 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,197 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:43,088
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:34
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,635 votes)
Comments: 158 comments
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5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,085 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:34,063
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:50
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,263 votes)
Comments: 105 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:995 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:33,637
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:52
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,151 votes)
Comments: 76 comments
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7.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,001 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:32,361
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:55
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,188 votes)
Comments: 103 comments
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8.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:885 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:28,259
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:64
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,293 votes)
Comments: 110 comments
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9.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:911 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:28,113
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:66
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,183 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:910 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:26,228
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:75
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,328 votes)
Comments: 92 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 113 11%
1981 119 12%
1982 98 10%
1983 99 10%
1984 96 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 103 10%
1987 91 9%
1988 97 10%
1989 98 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 418 42%
United States 394 39%
Australia 43 4%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 13 1%
Argentina 11 1%
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