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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 17,000 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.
1980719169,553 Remain In Light (54th)
by Talking Heads
198178190,706 Moving Pictures (168th)
by Rush
1982813116,477 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
1983776105,451 Murmur (133rd)
by R.E.M.
1984820146,857 Purple Rain (116th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985780115,664 Rain Dogs (91st)
by Tom Waits
1986878164,414 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987924162,990 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988957150,275 Daydream Nation (48th)
by Sonic Youth
1989986211,100 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total8,4341,433,488

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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RankAlbumArtist
131.

Get Happy!!United Kingdom Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Year of Release:1980Appears in:90 charts
Rank in 1980:18Rank Score:1,851
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:816
Average Rating:  76/100 (160 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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132.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:93 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:1,848
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:817
Average Rating:  76/100 (127 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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133.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:75 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:1,806
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:834
Average Rating:  71/100 (118 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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134.

Texas FloodUnited States Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble
Year of Release:1983Appears in:114 charts
Rank in 1983:11Rank Score:1,763
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:847
Average Rating:  78/100 (136 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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135.

Meat Puppets IIUnited States Meat Puppets
Year of Release:1984Appears in:115 charts
Rank in 1984:17Rank Score:1,761
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:849
Average Rating:  79/100 (133 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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136.

Dare!United Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:110 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:1,753
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:851
Average Rating:  72/100 (170 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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137.

Ace Of SpadesUnited Kingdom Motörhead
Year of Release:1980Appears in:113 charts
Rank in 1980:19Rank Score:1,745
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:860
Average Rating:  77/100 (173 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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138.

Combat RockUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1982Appears in:142 charts
Rank in 1982:12Rank Score:1,743
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:861
Average Rating:  75/100 (241 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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139.

Tunnel Of LoveUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1987Appears in:100 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:1,731
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:863
Average Rating:  74/100 (210 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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140.

Pleased To Meet MeUnited States The Replacements
Year of Release:1987Appears in:86 charts
Rank in 1987:17Rank Score:1,719
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:868
Average Rating:  78/100 (122 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 114 11%
1982 96 10%
1983 92 9%
1984 100 10%
1985 89 9%
1986 106 11%
1987 91 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 408 41%
United States 399 40%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 24 2%
Norway 15 2%
Germany 15 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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