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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 14,000 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.
1980615148,999 Remain in Light (59th)
by Talking Heads
198166478,557 Moving Pictures (154th)
by Rush
1982672101,125 Thriller (70th)
by Michael Jackson
198361790,471 Murmur (132nd)
by R.E.M.
1984659127,982 Purple Rain (119th)
by Prince & The Revolution
198560798,950 Rain Dogs (97th)
by Tom Waits
1986689143,968 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987739145,632 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988752131,378 Daydream Nation (46th)
by Sonic Youth
1989800186,167 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total6,8141,253,229

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

Ace Of SpadesUnited Kingdom Motörhead
Year of Release:1980Appears in:90 charts
Rank in 1980:18Rank Score:1,605
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:834
Average Rating: 78/100 (138 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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132.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:59 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:1,586
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:839
Average Rating: 73/100 (99 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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133.

Script Of The BridgeUnited Kingdom The Chameleons
Year of Release:1983Appears in:67 charts
Rank in 1983:11Rank Score:1,578
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:844
Average Rating: 77/100 (74 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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134.

New YorkUnited States Lou Reed
Year of Release:1989Appears in:105 charts
Rank in 1989:14Rank Score:1,564
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:853
Average Rating: 78/100 (118 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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135.

Texas FloodUnited States Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
Year of Release:1983Appears in:98 charts
Rank in 1983:12Rank Score:1,557
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:858
Average Rating: 79/100 (121 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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136.

EnergyUnited States Operation Ivy
Year of Release:1989Appears in:46 charts
Rank in 1989:15Rank Score:1,555
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:859
Average Rating: 74/100 (70 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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137.

Low LifeUnited Kingdom New Order
Year of Release:1985Appears in:74 charts
Rank in 1985:13Rank Score:1,540
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:863
Average Rating: 78/100 (119 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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138.

My Life In The Bush Of GhostsMixed Nationality Brian Eno & David Byrne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:101 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:1,539
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:864
Average Rating: 77/100 (117 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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139.

ParadeUnited States Prince & The Revolution
Year of Release:1986Appears in:68 charts
Rank in 1986:13Rank Score:1,528
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:869
Average Rating: 76/100 (102 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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140.

Imperial BedroomUnited Kingdom Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Year of Release:1982Appears in:78 charts
Rank in 1982:13Rank Score:1,518
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:874
Average Rating: 77/100 (119 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 117 12%
1982 92 9%
1983 95 10%
1984 99 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 97 10%
1987 94 9%
1988 104 10%
1989 103 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 9 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
U2 7 1%
Depeche Mode 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 412 41%
United States 394 39%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 27 3%
Norway 16 2%
Germany 15 2%
Ireland 12 1%
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