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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.
1980680163,322 Remain In Light (57th)
by Talking Heads
198173685,714 Moving Pictures (166th)
by Rush
1982762112,227 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
1983712100,233 Murmur (130th)
by R.E.M.
1984756141,501 Purple Rain (117th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985710110,371 Rain Dogs (96th)
by Tom Waits
1986801158,118 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987858156,233 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988885143,379 Daydream Nation (48th)
by Sonic Youth
1989923204,554 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total7,8231,375,651

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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131.

The Sensual WorldUnited Kingdom Kate Bush
Year of Release:1989Appears in:103 charts
Rank in 1989:14Rank Score:1,795
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:822
Average Rating: 74/100 (124 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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132.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:86 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:1,750
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:840
Average Rating: 76/100 (121 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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133.

Ace Of SpadesUnited Kingdom Motörhead
Year of Release:1980Appears in:107 charts
Rank in 1980:19Rank Score:1,748
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:841
Average Rating: 77/100 (162 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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134.

Dare!United Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:104 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:1,745
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:843
Average Rating: 72/100 (164 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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135.

Combat RockUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1982Appears in:131 charts
Rank in 1982:12Rank Score:1,742
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:845
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:98 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:1,738
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:846
Average Rating: 74/100 (197 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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137.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie & The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:77 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:1,723
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:853
Average Rating: 76/100 (104 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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138.

ParadeUnited States Prince & The Revolution
Year of Release:1986Appears in:82 charts
Rank in 1986:13Rank Score:1,663
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:873
Average Rating: 75/100 (119 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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139.

Meat Puppets IIUnited States Meat Puppets
Year of Release:1984Appears in:106 charts
Rank in 1984:17Rank Score:1,646
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:878
Average Rating: 80/100 (122 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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140.

Pleased To Meet MeUnited States The Replacements
Year of Release:1987Appears in:82 charts
Rank in 1987:17Rank Score:1,641
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:879
Average Rating: 78/100 (120 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 110 11%
1982 97 10%
1983 93 9%
1984 102 10%
1985 89 9%
1986 108 11%
1987 90 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 97 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 408 41%
United States 396 40%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 27 3%
Norway 16 2%
Germany 15 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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