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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.
1980670160,385 Remain In Light (59th)
by Talking Heads
198172484,810 Moving Pictures (163rd)
by Rush
1982741110,829 Thriller (71st)
by Michael Jackson
198369498,091 Murmur (135th)
by R.E.M.
1984738139,777 Purple Rain (116th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985677108,354 Rain Dogs (98th)
by Tom Waits
1986763154,957 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987824154,041 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988853141,230 Daydream Nation (47th)
by Sonic Youth
1989900200,208 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total7,5841,352,683

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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131.

Get Happy!!United Kingdom Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Year of Release:1980Appears in:90 charts
Rank in 1980:19Rank Score:1,772
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:812
Average Rating: 76/100 (151 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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132.

Tunnel Of LoveUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1987Appears in:97 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:1,737
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:824
Average Rating: 75/100 (194 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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133.

Low LifeUnited Kingdom New Order
Year of Release:1985Appears in:88 charts
Rank in 1985:13Rank Score:1,715
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:834
Average Rating: 78/100 (126 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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134.

Dare!United Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:101 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:1,685
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:845
Average Rating: 74/100 (158 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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135.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:69 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:1,685
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:846
Average Rating: 71/100 (110 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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136.

Combat RockUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1982Appears in:131 charts
Rank in 1982:12Rank Score:1,685
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:847
Average Rating: 75/100 (225 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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137.

EnergyUnited States Operation Ivy
Year of Release:1989Appears in:51 charts
Rank in 1989:15Rank Score:1,669
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:851
Average Rating: 73/100 (73 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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138.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie & The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:74 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:1,651
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:861
Average Rating: 76/100 (100 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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139.

DarklandsUnited Kingdom The Jesus and Mary Chain
Year of Release:1987Appears in:101 charts
Rank in 1987:17Rank Score:1,649
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:862
Average Rating: 77/100 (117 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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140.

ParadeUnited States Prince & The Revolution
Year of Release:1986Appears in:81 charts
Rank in 1986:13Rank Score:1,632
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:874
Average Rating: 75/100 (117 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 110 11%
1981 111 11%
1982 96 10%
1983 93 9%
1984 101 10%
1985 90 9%
1986 105 11%
1987 92 9%
1988 103 10%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 9 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
Rush 7 1%
Ramones 7 1%
Eurythmics 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 408 41%
United States 400 40%
Australia 42 4%
Canada 26 3%
Germany 16 2%
Norway 15 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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