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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 23,000 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.
19801,022211,031 Remain In Light (49th)
by Talking Heads
19811,097117,292 Moving Pictures (154th)
by Rush
19821,090147,666 Thriller (76th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,059135,086 Murmur (138th)
by R.E.M.
19841,094185,808 Purple Rain (108th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,006141,083 Rain Dogs (105th)
by Tom Waits
19861,104203,261 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,210200,520 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,204182,839 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,251258,543 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total11,1371,783,130

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.

The Great Twenty-Eight
Compilation
United States Chuck Berry
Year of Release:1982Appears in:78 charts
Rank in 1982:11Rank Score:2,177
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:856
Average Rating:  79/100 (200 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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132.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:126 charts
Rank in 1981:11Rank Score:2,146
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:865
Average Rating:  76/100 (182 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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133.

DareUnited Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:163 charts
Rank in 1981:12Rank Score:2,126
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:872
Average Rating:  74/100 (234 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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134.

Ace Of SpadesUnited Kingdom Motörhead
Year of Release:1980Appears in:150 charts
Rank in 1980:17Rank Score:2,122
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:877
Average Rating:  78/100 (223 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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135.

Script Of The BridgeUnited Kingdom The Chameleons
Year of Release:1983Appears in:118 charts
Rank in 1983:12Rank Score:2,119
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:878
Average Rating:  78/100 (143 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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136.

Combat RockUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1982Appears in:202 charts
Rank in 1982:12Rank Score:2,113
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:880
Average Rating:  76/100 (355 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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137.

Rattle And HumIreland U2
Year of Release:1988Appears in:155 charts
Rank in 1988:14Rank Score:2,106
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:882
Average Rating:  72/100 (391 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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138.

Tunnel Of LoveUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1987Appears in:137 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:2,087
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:889
Average Rating:  74/100 (287 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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139.

I'm Your ManCanada Leonard Cohen
Year of Release:1988Appears in:150 charts
Rank in 1988:15Rank Score:2,080
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:894
Average Rating:  80/100 (180 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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140.

Sound AffectsUnited Kingdom The Jam
Year of Release:1980Appears in:130 charts
Rank in 1980:18Rank Score:2,076
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:896
Average Rating:  79/100 (184 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 109 11%
1981 125 13%
1982 96 10%
1983 96 10%
1984 96 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 104 10%
1987 93 9%
1988 96 10%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 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 394 39%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 17 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Mixed Nationality 11 1%
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