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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.
19801,055214,608 Remain In Light (48th)
by Talking Heads
19811,121118,977 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,116151,355 Thriller (75th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,077137,406 Murmur (137th)
by R.E.M.
19841,143189,039 Purple Rain (109th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,061145,280 Rain Dogs (105th)
by Tom Waits
19861,133208,637 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,237204,026 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,233187,144 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,286264,127 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total11,4621,820,599

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.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:107 charts
Rank in 1981:11Rank Score:2,208
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:867
Average Rating:  73/100 (158 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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132.

The Sensual WorldUnited Kingdom Kate Bush
Year of Release:1989Appears in:153 charts
Rank in 1989:14Rank Score:2,195
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:869
Average Rating:  76/100 (198 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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133.

Ace Of SpadesUnited Kingdom Motörhead
Year of Release:1980Appears in:153 charts
Rank in 1980:17Rank Score:2,187
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:872
Average Rating:  78/100 (229 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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134.

DarklandsUnited Kingdom The Jesus And Mary Chain
Year of Release:1987Appears in:157 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:2,177
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:874
Average Rating:  78/100 (184 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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135.

The Great Twenty-Eight
Compilation
United States Chuck Berry
Year of Release:1982Appears in:80 charts
Rank in 1982:11Rank Score:2,163
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:875
Average Rating:  79/100 (204 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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136.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:129 charts
Rank in 1981:12Rank Score:2,155
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:878
Average Rating:  76/100 (185 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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137.

ParadeUnited States Prince And The Revolution
Year of Release:1986Appears in:137 charts
Rank in 1986:13Rank Score:2,134
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:883
Average Rating:  76/100 (196 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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138.

Combat RockUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1982Appears in:207 charts
Rank in 1982:12Rank Score:2,115
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:896
Average Rating:  76/100 (364 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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139.

New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)United Kingdom Simple Minds
Year of Release:1982Appears in:137 charts
Rank in 1982:13Rank Score:2,111
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:899
Average Rating:  78/100 (141 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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140.


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Compilation
United States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:57 charts
Rank in 1988:14Rank Score:2,106
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:902
Average Rating:  84/100 (180 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 109 11%
1981 121 12%
1982 94 9%
1983 98 10%
1984 97 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 104 10%
1987 93 9%
1988 99 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%
The Smiths 7 1%
U2 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 413 41%
United States 397 40%
Australia 42 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 17 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Mixed Nationality 11 1%
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