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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 20,000 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.
1980822187,872 Remain In Light (53rd)
by Talking Heads
1981937100,492 Moving Pictures (167th)
by Rush
1982913129,257 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
1983887116,811 Murmur (132nd)
by R.E.M.
1984935163,645 Purple Rain (110th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985874126,685 Rain Dogs (99th)
by Tom Waits
1986980179,530 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,052177,753 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,077164,366 Daydream Nation (49th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,128231,284 Doolittle (18th)
by Pixies
Total9,6051,577,694

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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RankAlbumArtist
131.

Colossal YouthUnited Kingdom Young Marble Giants
Year of Release:1980Appears in:140 charts
Rank in 1980:17Rank Score:2,001
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:824
Average Rating:  80/100 (143 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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132.

The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1Mixed Nationality The Traveling Wilburys
Year of Release:1988Appears in:126 charts
Rank in 1988:14Rank Score:1,978
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:836
Average Rating:  76/100 (169 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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133.

Dare!United Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:134 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:1,977
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:838
Average Rating:  74/100 (199 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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134.

Tunnel Of LoveUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1987Appears in:117 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:1,962
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:843
Average Rating:  74/100 (240 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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135.

Zenyatta MondattaUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1980Appears in:150 charts
Rank in 1980:18Rank Score:1,949
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:849
Average Rating:  75/100 (239 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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136.

Fire Of LoveUnited States The Gun Club
Year of Release:1981Appears in:119 charts
Rank in 1981:11Rank Score:1,932
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:852
Average Rating:  79/100 (130 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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137.

Sound AffectsUnited Kingdom The Jam
Year of Release:1980Appears in:117 charts
Rank in 1980:19Rank Score:1,921
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:856
Average Rating:  79/100 (163 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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138.

Ace Of SpadesUnited Kingdom Motörhead
Year of Release:1980Appears in:127 charts
Rank in 1980:20Rank Score:1,920
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:857
Average Rating:  77/100 (189 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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139.

DarklandsUnited Kingdom The Jesus and Mary Chain
Year of Release:1987Appears in:127 charts
Rank in 1987:17Rank Score:1,911
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:859
Average Rating:  78/100 (145 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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140.

Los AngelesUnited States X
Year of Release:1980Appears in:143 charts
Rank in 1980:21Rank Score:1,895
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:867
Average Rating:  78/100 (166 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 115 12%
1981 118 12%
1982 93 9%
1983 92 9%
1984 97 10%
1985 89 9%
1986 110 11%
1987 92 9%
1988 95 10%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 414 41%
United States 396 40%
Australia 43 4%
Canada 23 2%
Germany 16 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Norway 14 1%
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