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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 16,000 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.
1980677162,392 Remain In Light (59th)
by Talking Heads
198173485,694 Moving Pictures (164th)
by Rush
1982755111,495 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
198371099,298 Murmur (131st)
by R.E.M.
1984751140,461 Purple Rain (118th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985705109,665 Rain Dogs (96th)
by Tom Waits
1986789156,611 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987844155,263 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988874142,466 Daydream Nation (48th)
by Sonic Youth
1989917202,865 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total7,7561,366,211

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 Guns N' Roses.
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131.

Get Happy!!United Kingdom Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Year of Release:1980Appears in:91 charts
Rank in 1980:18Rank Score:1,772
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:824
Average Rating: 76/100 (155 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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132.

Dare!United Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:102 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:1,741
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:835
Average Rating: 72/100 (161 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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133.

Tunnel Of LoveUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1987Appears in:98 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:1,738
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:838
Average Rating: 75/100 (196 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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134.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie & The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:78 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:1,732
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:841
Average Rating: 76/100 (104 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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135.

Ace Of SpadesUnited Kingdom Motörhead
Year of Release:1980Appears in:106 charts
Rank in 1980:19Rank Score:1,731
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:842
Average Rating: 78/100 (160 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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136.

Combat RockUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1982Appears in:133 charts
Rank in 1982:12Rank Score:1,731
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:843
Average Rating: 76/100 (229 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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137.

Low LifeUnited Kingdom New Order
Year of Release:1985Appears in:94 charts
Rank in 1985:13Rank Score:1,722
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:846
Average Rating: 78/100 (129 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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138.

Bad BrainsUnited States Bad Brains
Year of Release:1982Appears in:68 charts
Rank in 1982:13Rank Score:1,679
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:864
Average Rating: 74/100 (78 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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139.

Script Of The BridgeUnited Kingdom The Chameleons
Year of Release:1983Appears in:72 charts
Rank in 1983:11Rank Score:1,651
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:874
Average Rating: 76/100 (83 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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140.

ParadeUnited States Prince & The Revolution
Year of Release:1986Appears in:82 charts
Rank in 1986:13Rank Score:1,636
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:880
Average Rating: 75/100 (119 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 111 11%
1982 96 10%
1983 92 9%
1984 101 10%
1985 89 9%
1986 109 11%
1987 91 9%
1988 101 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 408 41%
United States 399 40%
Australia 42 4%
Canada 26 3%
Norway 16 2%
Germany 15 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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