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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 18,000 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.
1980751175,528 Remain In Light (56th)
by Talking Heads
198184494,111 Moving Pictures (168th)
by Rush
1982842120,980 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
1983810108,981 Murmur (132nd)
by R.E.M.
1984848154,511 Purple Rain (112th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985803119,015 Rain Dogs (91st)
by Tom Waits
1986909170,410 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987959168,081 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988988156,479 Daydream Nation (48th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,027217,655 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total8,7811,485,749

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 Michael Jackson.
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RankAlbumArtist
131.

Rattle And HumIreland U2
Year of Release:1988Appears in:129 charts
Rank in 1988:14Rank Score:1,899
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:824
Average Rating:  72/100 (295 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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132.

Meat Puppets IIUnited States Meat Puppets
Year of Release:1984Appears in:123 charts
Rank in 1984:17Rank Score:1,892
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:827
Average Rating:  80/100 (141 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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133.

The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1Mixed Nationality The Traveling Wilburys
Year of Release:1988Appears in:119 charts
Rank in 1988:15Rank Score:1,890
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:829
Average Rating:  76/100 (152 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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134.

Tunnel Of LoveUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1987Appears in:108 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:1,860
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:839
Average Rating:  74/100 (219 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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135.

Dare!United Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:114 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:1,842
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:845
Average Rating:  72/100 (177 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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136.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:97 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:1,829
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:853
Average Rating:  76/100 (132 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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137.

Script Of The BridgeUnited Kingdom The Chameleons
Year of Release:1983Appears in:89 charts
Rank in 1983:11Rank Score:1,817
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:856
Average Rating:  77/100 (105 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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138.

Texas FloodUnited States Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble
Year of Release:1983Appears in:121 charts
Rank in 1983:12Rank Score:1,810
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:860
Average Rating:  78/100 (136 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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139.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:76 charts
Rank in 1981:11Rank Score:1,804
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:863
Average Rating:  71/100 (119 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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140.

ParadeUnited States Prince & The Revolution
Year of Release:1986Appears in:91 charts
Rank in 1986:13Rank Score:1,772
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:879
Average Rating:  75/100 (139 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 112 11%
1982 93 9%
1983 93 9%
1984 98 10%
1985 90 9%
1986 110 11%
1987 92 9%
1988 100 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 413 41%
United States 394 39%
Australia 42 4%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 17 2%
Norway 14 1%
Ireland 13 1%
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