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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 24,000 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.
19801,033212,293 Remain In Light (51st)
by Talking Heads
19811,104118,065 Moving Pictures (154th)
by Rush
19821,098149,003 Thriller (75th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,062136,143 Murmur (138th)
by R.E.M.
19841,119187,324 Purple Rain (110th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,043143,719 Rain Dogs (105th)
by Tom Waits
19861,121206,344 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,221202,268 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,214184,909 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,265260,902 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total11,2801,800,970

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, U2, Prince, The Cure, The Stone Roses, Metallica, Talking Heads, Sonic Youth and R.E.M..
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RankAlbumArtist
131.

DarklandsUnited Kingdom The Jesus And Mary Chain
Year of Release:1987Appears in:157 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:2,170
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:862
Average Rating:  78/100 (182 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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132.

The Great Twenty-Eight
Compilation
United States Chuck Berry
Year of Release:1982Appears in:80 charts
Rank in 1982:11Rank Score:2,161
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:866
Average Rating:  79/100 (200 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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133.

DareUnited Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:165 charts
Rank in 1981:11Rank Score:2,152
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:870
Average Rating:  74/100 (234 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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134.

Script Of The BridgeUnited Kingdom The Chameleons
Year of Release:1983Appears in:119 charts
Rank in 1983:12Rank Score:2,147
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:872
Average Rating:  78/100 (144 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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135.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:126 charts
Rank in 1981:12Rank Score:2,144
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:874
Average Rating:  76/100 (182 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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136.

Ace Of SpadesUnited Kingdom Motörhead
Year of Release:1980Appears in:151 charts
Rank in 1980:17Rank Score:2,122
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:882
Average Rating:  78/100 (225 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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137.

Rattle And HumIreland U2
Year of Release:1988Appears in:158 charts
Rank in 1988:14Rank Score:2,093
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:894
Average Rating:  72/100 (392 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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138.

I'm Your ManCanada Leonard Cohen
Year of Release:1988Appears in:155 charts
Rank in 1988:15Rank Score:2,092
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:895
Average Rating:  80/100 (184 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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139.

Tunnel Of LoveUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1987Appears in:138 charts
Rank in 1987:17Rank Score:2,092
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:896
Average Rating:  74/100 (291 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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140.

Combat RockUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1982Appears in:202 charts
Rank in 1982:12Rank Score:2,092
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:897
Average Rating:  76/100 (358 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 108 11%
1981 124 12%
1982 95 10%
1983 95 10%
1984 97 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 104 10%
1987 92 9%
1988 97 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Siouxsie And The Banshees 7 1%
Eurythmics 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 412 41%
United States 397 40%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 17 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Argentina 11 1%
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