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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.
1980759178,708 Remain In Light (56th)
by Talking Heads
198185896,451 Moving Pictures (163rd)
by Rush
1982853124,030 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
1983826110,778 Murmur (130th)
by R.E.M.
1984859157,122 Purple Rain (114th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985812120,935 Rain Dogs (99th)
by Tom Waits
1986921172,606 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987982171,141 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,003157,878 Daydream Nation (49th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,051221,544 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total8,9241,511,193

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.

Dare!United Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:122 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:1,951
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:807
Average Rating:  72/100 (182 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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132.

Meat Puppets IIUnited States Meat Puppets
Year of Release:1984Appears in:127 charts
Rank in 1984:17Rank Score:1,937
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:811
Average Rating:  79/100 (141 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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133.

Colossal YouthUnited Kingdom Young Marble Giants
Year of Release:1980Appears in:127 charts
Rank in 1980:18Rank Score:1,901
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:821
Average Rating:  79/100 (133 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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134.

The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1Mixed Nationality The Traveling Wilburys
Year of Release:1988Appears in:121 charts
Rank in 1988:14Rank Score:1,894
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:826
Average Rating:  77/100 (155 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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135.

Rattle And HumIreland U2
Year of Release:1988Appears in:133 charts
Rank in 1988:15Rank Score:1,883
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:828
Average Rating:  72/100 (303 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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136.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:101 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:1,867
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:838
Average Rating:  76/100 (134 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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137.

Sound AffectsUnited Kingdom The Jam
Year of Release:1980Appears in:110 charts
Rank in 1980:19Rank Score:1,864
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:840
Average Rating:  78/100 (150 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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138.

Tunnel Of LoveUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1987Appears in:110 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:1,863
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:841
Average Rating:  74/100 (222 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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139.

Script Of The BridgeUnited Kingdom The Chameleons
Year of Release:1983Appears in:93 charts
Rank in 1983:12Rank Score:1,837
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:856
Average Rating:  77/100 (105 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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140.

Ace Of SpadesUnited Kingdom Motörhead
Year of Release:1980Appears in:121 charts
Rank in 1980:20Rank Score:1,821
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:862
Average Rating:  77/100 (181 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 116 12%
1982 92 9%
1983 93 9%
1984 97 10%
1985 91 9%
1986 110 11%
1987 91 9%
1988 100 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 415 42%
United States 393 39%
Australia 42 4%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 17 2%
Norway 14 1%
Ireland 13 1%
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