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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 26,000 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.
19801,129227,124 Remain In Light (49th)
by Talking Heads
19811,199126,426 Moving Pictures (153rd)
by Rush
19821,175159,287 Thriller (75th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,148144,350 Murmur (139th)
by R.E.M.
19841,207199,378 Purple Rain (111th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,159152,870 Rain Dogs (105th)
by Tom Waits
19861,275219,750 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,382213,846 The Joshua Tree (34th)
by U2
19881,326197,708 Daydream Nation (53rd)
by Sonic Youth
19891,359277,399 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total12,3591,918,139

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.

Fire Of LoveUnited States The Gun Club
Year of Release:1981Appears in:150 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:2,362
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:851
Average Rating:  79/100 (176 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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132.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:122 charts
Rank in 1981:11Rank Score:2,358
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:853
Average Rating:  73/100 (177 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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133.

The Sensual WorldUnited Kingdom Kate Bush
Year of Release:1989Appears in:172 charts
Rank in 1989:14Rank Score:2,331
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:861
Average Rating:  76/100 (222 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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134.

Script Of The BridgeUnited Kingdom The Chameleons
Year of Release:1983Appears in:134 charts
Rank in 1983:12Rank Score:2,326
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:864
Average Rating:  78/100 (160 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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135.

Combat RockUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1982Appears in:232 charts
Rank in 1982:11Rank Score:2,315
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:871
Average Rating:  76/100 (395 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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136.

DarklandsUnited Kingdom The Jesus And Mary Chain
Year of Release:1987Appears in:174 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:2,267
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:885
Average Rating:  78/100 (204 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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137.

New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)United Kingdom Simple Minds
Year of Release:1982Appears in:146 charts
Rank in 1982:12Rank Score:2,264
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:887
Average Rating:  78/100 (149 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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United States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:65 charts
Rank in 1988:15Rank Score:2,260
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:891
Average Rating:  84/100 (188 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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139.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:139 charts
Rank in 1981:12Rank Score:2,234
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:903
Average Rating:  76/100 (195 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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140.

Rattle And HumIreland U2
Year of Release:1988Appears in:171 charts
Rank in 1988:16Rank Score:2,194
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:917
Average Rating:  72/100 (418 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 113 11%
1981 120 12%
1982 98 10%
1983 99 10%
1984 96 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 103 10%
1987 91 9%
1988 96 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Simple Minds 7 1%
Siouxsie And The Banshees 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 419 42%
United States 393 39%
Australia 43 4%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 13 1%
Argentina 11 1%
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