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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.
1980684166,390 Remain In Light (56th)
by Talking Heads
198174487,686 Moving Pictures (168th)
by Rush
1982771114,043 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
1983721102,386 Murmur (131st)
by R.E.M.
1984766143,783 Purple Rain (118th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985720113,196 Rain Dogs (94th)
by Tom Waits
1986813161,230 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987873158,647 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988906145,965 Daydream Nation (49th)
by Sonic Youth
1989936207,210 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total7,9341,400,536

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 Guns N' Roses.
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RankAlbumArtist
131.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie & The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:78 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:1,823
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:825
Average Rating: 76/100 (106 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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132.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:74 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:1,815
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:830
Average Rating: 71/100 (117 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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133.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:88 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:1,758
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:848
Average Rating: 76/100 (123 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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134.

Ace Of SpadesUnited Kingdom Motörhead
Year of Release:1980Appears in:111 charts
Rank in 1980:19Rank Score:1,749
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:852
Average Rating: 77/100 (166 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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135.

Combat RockUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1982Appears in:137 charts
Rank in 1982:12Rank Score:1,747
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:854
Average Rating: 76/100 (230 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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136.

Tunnel Of LoveUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1987Appears in:100 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:1,742
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:857
Average Rating: 74/100 (202 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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137.

Dare!United Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:105 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:1,720
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:866
Average Rating: 72/100 (164 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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138.

Meat Puppets IIUnited States Meat Puppets
Year of Release:1984Appears in:108 charts
Rank in 1984:17Rank Score:1,719
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:867
Average Rating: 80/100 (124 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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139.

Pleased To Meet MeUnited States The Replacements
Year of Release:1987Appears in:86 charts
Rank in 1987:17Rank Score:1,717
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:869
Average Rating: 78/100 (122 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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140.

I'm Your ManCanada Leonard Cohen
Year of Release:1988Appears in:102 charts
Rank in 1988:16Rank Score:1,694
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:879
Average Rating: 79/100 (124 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 113 11%
1982 97 10%
1983 92 9%
1984 100 10%
1985 90 9%
1986 108 11%
1987 90 9%
1988 101 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
U2 7 1%
Siouxsie & The Banshees 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
Ramones 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 410 41%
United States 397 40%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 26 3%
Norway 15 2%
Germany 15 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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