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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 22,000 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.
1980992204,927 Remain In Light (50th)
by Talking Heads
19811,083114,100 Moving Pictures (155th)
by Rush
19821,069143,788 Thriller (76th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,026131,347 Murmur (136th)
by R.E.M.
19841,061178,797 Purple Rain (111th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985983136,853 Rain Dogs (102nd)
by Tom Waits
19861,088197,689 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,181195,034 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,174179,151 Daydream Nation (54th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,215252,526 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total10,8721,734,211

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 Michael Jackson.
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RankAlbumArtist
131.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:99 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:2,139
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:839
Average Rating:  73/100 (147 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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132.

Ace Of SpadesUnited Kingdom Motörhead
Year of Release:1980Appears in:147 charts
Rank in 1980:17Rank Score:2,132
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:843
Average Rating:  78/100 (216 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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133.

Fire Of LoveUnited States The Gun Club
Year of Release:1981Appears in:139 charts
Rank in 1981:11Rank Score:2,128
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:845
Average Rating:  79/100 (152 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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134.

I'm Your ManCanada Leonard Cohen
Year of Release:1988Appears in:140 charts
Rank in 1988:14Rank Score:2,101
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:853
Average Rating:  80/100 (169 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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135.

Combat RockUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1982Appears in:195 charts
Rank in 1982:12Rank Score:2,093
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:857
Average Rating:  76/100 (337 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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136.

DareUnited Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:155 charts
Rank in 1981:12Rank Score:2,081
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:862
Average Rating:  74/100 (221 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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137.

DarklandsUnited Kingdom The Jesus And Mary Chain
Year of Release:1987Appears in:151 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:2,064
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:869
Average Rating:  78/100 (168 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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138.

Sound AffectsUnited Kingdom The Jam
Year of Release:1980Appears in:130 charts
Rank in 1980:18Rank Score:2,058
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:871
Average Rating:  79/100 (179 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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139.

Tunnel Of LoveUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1987Appears in:134 charts
Rank in 1987:17Rank Score:2,055
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:872
Average Rating:  75/100 (277 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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United States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:55 charts
Rank in 1988:15Rank Score:2,002
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:892
Average Rating:  84/100 (170 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 124 12%
1982 96 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 96 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 104 10%
1987 93 9%
1988 94 9%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 416 42%
United States 390 39%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 18 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Argentina 12 1%
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