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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 25,000 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.
19801,098219,376 Remain In Light (51st)
by Talking Heads
19811,159121,422 Moving Pictures (155th)
by Rush
19821,160154,888 Thriller (74th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,115140,286 Murmur (139th)
by R.E.M.
19841,169193,807 Purple Rain (107th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,092148,080 Rain Dogs (105th)
by Tom Waits
19861,195213,850 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,298208,256 The Joshua Tree (33rd)
by U2
19881,279191,171 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,324269,101 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total11,8891,860,237

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, U2, The Cure, The Stone Roses, Metallica, Talking Heads, Sonic Youth and R.E.M..
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RankAlbumArtist
131.

The Sensual WorldUnited Kingdom Kate Bush
Year of Release:1989Appears in:163 charts
Rank in 1989:14Rank Score:2,267
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:861
Average Rating:  76/100 (210 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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132.

I'm Your ManCanada Leonard Cohen
Year of Release:1988Appears in:167 charts
Rank in 1988:14Rank Score:2,238
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:871
Average Rating:  80/100 (201 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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133.

New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)United Kingdom Simple Minds
Year of Release:1982Appears in:139 charts
Rank in 1982:11Rank Score:2,214
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:878
Average Rating:  78/100 (144 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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134.

DarklandsUnited Kingdom The Jesus And Mary Chain
Year of Release:1987Appears in:164 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:2,209
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:880
Average Rating:  78/100 (193 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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135.


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United States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:61 charts
Rank in 1988:15Rank Score:2,195
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:887
Average Rating:  84/100 (185 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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136.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:135 charts
Rank in 1981:11Rank Score:2,192
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:888
Average Rating:  76/100 (192 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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137.

Fire Of LoveUnited States The Gun Club
Year of Release:1981Appears in:145 charts
Rank in 1981:12Rank Score:2,191
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:889
Average Rating:  79/100 (173 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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138.

The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1Mixed Nationality The Traveling Wilburys
Year of Release:1988Appears in:147 charts
Rank in 1988:16Rank Score:2,148
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:899
Average Rating:  76/100 (211 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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139.

Dirty MindUnited States Prince
Year of Release:1980Appears in:138 charts
Rank in 1980:18Rank Score:2,145
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:900
Average Rating:  76/100 (210 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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140.

ParadeUnited States Prince And The Revolution
Year of Release:1986Appears in:142 charts
Rank in 1986:13Rank Score:2,137
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:904
Average Rating:  76/100 (207 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 109 11%
1981 121 12%
1982 97 10%
1983 100 10%
1984 98 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 104 10%
1987 92 9%
1988 97 10%
1989 97 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
U2 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 413 41%
United States 396 40%
Australia 43 4%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 19 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Argentina 11 1%
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