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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.
1980776182,572 Remain In Light (55th)
by Talking Heads
198188197,948 Moving Pictures (168th)
by Rush
1982867126,699 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
1983845113,198 Murmur (131st)
by R.E.M.
1984894159,114 Purple Rain (115th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985835122,976 Rain Dogs (98th)
by Tom Waits
1986946175,835 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,009173,731 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,020160,163 Daydream Nation (52nd)
by Sonic Youth
19891,087227,610 Doolittle (18th)
by Pixies
Total9,1601,539,845

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.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:106 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:1,982
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:815
Average Rating:  76/100 (137 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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132.

Dare!United Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:130 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:1,974
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:819
Average Rating:  74/100 (191 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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133.

The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1Mixed Nationality The Traveling Wilburys
Year of Release:1988Appears in:124 charts
Rank in 1988:14Rank Score:1,907
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:840
Average Rating:  76/100 (162 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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134.

Zenyatta MondattaUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1980Appears in:144 charts
Rank in 1980:18Rank Score:1,906
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:841
Average Rating:  75/100 (228 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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135.

Meat Puppets IIUnited States Meat Puppets
Year of Release:1984Appears in:130 charts
Rank in 1984:17Rank Score:1,904
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:842
Average Rating:  79/100 (145 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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136.

Rattle And HumIreland U2
Year of Release:1988Appears in:136 charts
Rank in 1988:15Rank Score:1,896
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:849
Average Rating:  72/100 (317 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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137.

Tunnel Of LoveUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1987Appears in:116 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:1,881
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:853
Average Rating:  74/100 (233 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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138.

I'm Your ManCanada Leonard Cohen
Year of Release:1988Appears in:129 charts
Rank in 1988:16Rank Score:1,880
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:854
Average Rating:  80/100 (141 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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139.

Sound AffectsUnited Kingdom The Jam
Year of Release:1980Appears in:114 charts
Rank in 1980:19Rank Score:1,866
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:861
Average Rating:  78/100 (156 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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140.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:84 charts
Rank in 1981:11Rank Score:1,855
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:864
Average Rating:  71/100 (122 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 118 12%
1982 94 9%
1983 93 9%
1984 95 10%
1985 92 9%
1986 110 11%
1987 89 9%
1988 96 10%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 415 42%
United States 393 39%
Australia 43 4%
Canada 22 2%
Germany 17 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Norway 14 1%
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