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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 19,000 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.
1980763179,983 Remain In Light (54th)
by Talking Heads
198186597,114 Moving Pictures (165th)
by Rush
1982854124,854 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
1983830111,762 Murmur (127th)
by R.E.M.
1984870158,438 Purple Rain (113th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985815122,185 Rain Dogs (96th)
by Tom Waits
1986928173,802 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987986172,847 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,005159,150 Daydream Nation (49th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,060224,104 Doolittle (18th)
by Pixies
Total8,9761,524,239

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.

Meat Puppets IIUnited States Meat Puppets
Year of Release:1984Appears in:132 charts
Rank in 1984:17Rank Score:1,978
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:808
Average Rating:  79/100 (145 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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132.

Dare!United Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:125 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:1,964
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:812
Average Rating:  72/100 (189 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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133.

Zenyatta MondattaUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1980Appears in:140 charts
Rank in 1980:18Rank Score:1,899
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:833
Average Rating:  75/100 (222 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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134.

The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1Mixed Nationality The Traveling Wilburys
Year of Release:1988Appears in:121 charts
Rank in 1988:14Rank Score:1,895
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:834
Average Rating:  76/100 (160 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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135.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:103 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:1,893
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:836
Average Rating:  76/100 (136 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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136.

Rattle And HumIreland U2
Year of Release:1988Appears in:133 charts
Rank in 1988:15Rank Score:1,886
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:839
Average Rating:  72/100 (310 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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137.

Tunnel Of LoveUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1987Appears in:114 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:1,881
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:841
Average Rating:  74/100 (229 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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138.

Sound AffectsUnited Kingdom The Jam
Year of Release:1980Appears in:112 charts
Rank in 1980:19Rank Score:1,876
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:843
Average Rating:  78/100 (155 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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139.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:82 charts
Rank in 1981:11Rank Score:1,834
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:867
Average Rating:  71/100 (121 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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140.

Script Of The BridgeUnited Kingdom The Chameleons
Year of Release:1983Appears in:96 charts
Rank in 1983:12Rank Score:1,832
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:869
Average Rating:  77/100 (109 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 113 11%
1981 117 12%
1982 94 9%
1983 93 9%
1984 97 10%
1985 91 9%
1986 109 11%
1987 90 9%
1988 97 10%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Siouxsie & The Banshees 7 1%
Eurythmics 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 416 42%
United States 390 39%
Australia 42 4%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 18 2%
Norway 14 1%
Ireland 13 1%
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