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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 15,000 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.
1980657158,491 Remain In Light (59th)
by Talking Heads
198170784,091 Moving Pictures (153rd)
by Rush
1982724109,871 Thriller (71st)
by Michael Jackson
198367696,567 Murmur (132nd)
by R.E.M.
1984712138,222 Purple Rain (116th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985661106,911 Rain Dogs (97th)
by Tom Waits
1986744152,872 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987796152,856 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988830138,897 Daydream Nation (47th)
by Sonic Youth
1989868197,844 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total7,3751,336,622

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

The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1United States The Traveling Wilburys
Year of Release:1988Appears in:100 charts
Rank in 1988:15Rank Score:1,735
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:814
Average Rating: 77/100 (130 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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132.

Dare!United Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:101 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:1,731
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:817
Average Rating: 74/100 (157 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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133.

Tunnel Of LoveUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1987Appears in:94 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:1,725
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:818
Average Rating: 75/100 (193 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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134.

Low LifeUnited Kingdom New Order
Year of Release:1985Appears in:87 charts
Rank in 1985:13Rank Score:1,716
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:822
Average Rating: 77/100 (125 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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135.

EnergyUnited States Operation Ivy
Year of Release:1989Appears in:51 charts
Rank in 1989:15Rank Score:1,702
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:829
Average Rating: 73/100 (73 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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136.

DarklandsUnited Kingdom The Jesus and Mary Chain
Year of Release:1987Appears in:100 charts
Rank in 1987:17Rank Score:1,692
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:834
Average Rating: 77/100 (116 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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137.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:67 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:1,677
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:842
Average Rating: 71/100 (107 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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138.

Combat RockUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1982Appears in:127 charts
Rank in 1982:12Rank Score:1,656
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:855
Average Rating: 76/100 (222 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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139.

Meat Puppets IIUnited States Meat Puppets
Year of Release:1984Appears in:106 charts
Rank in 1984:17Rank Score:1,617
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:874
Average Rating: 80/100 (114 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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139.

Script Of The BridgeUnited Kingdom The Chameleons
Year of Release:1983Appears in:70 charts
Rank in 1983:11Rank Score:1,617
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:874
Average Rating: 76/100 (80 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 114 11%
1982 96 10%
1983 93 9%
1984 101 10%
1985 89 9%
1986 100 10%
1987 91 9%
1988 105 11%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 410 41%
United States 397 40%
Australia 42 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 16 2%
Norway 15 2%
Ireland 12 1%
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