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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 14,000 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.
1980614148,446 Remain in Light (59th)
by Talking Heads
198166278,093 Moving Pictures (154th)
by Rush
1982671100,416 Thriller (70th)
by Michael Jackson
198361690,241 Murmur (132nd)
by R.E.M.
1984659127,749 Purple Rain (118th)
by Prince & The Revolution
198560798,514 Rain Dogs (97th)
by Tom Waits
1986686143,520 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987739144,970 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988748130,641 Daydream Nation (46th)
by Sonic Youth
1989797185,677 Doolittle (18th)
by Pixies
Total6,7991,248,268

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, U2, The Stone Roses, The Cure, Metallica, Sonic Youth, Talking Heads, R.E.M. and Guns N' Roses.
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131.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:59 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:1,586
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:840
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132.

Script Of The BridgeUnited Kingdom The Chameleons
Year of Release:1983Appears in:67 charts
Rank in 1983:11Rank Score:1,578
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:843
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133.

The NightflyUnited States Donald Fagen
Year of Release:1982Appears in:58 charts
Rank in 1982:12Rank Score:1,571
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:849
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134.

New YorkUnited States Lou Reed
Year of Release:1989Appears in:105 charts
Rank in 1989:14Rank Score:1,564
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:852
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135.

Texas FloodUnited States Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
Year of Release:1983Appears in:98 charts
Rank in 1983:12Rank Score:1,557
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:854
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136.

EnergyUnited States Operation Ivy
Year of Release:1989Appears in:45 charts
Rank in 1989:15Rank Score:1,555
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:856
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137.

My Life In The Bush Of GhostsMixed Nationality Brian Eno & David Byrne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:100 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:1,538
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:861
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138.

ParadeUnited States Prince & The Revolution
Year of Release:1986Appears in:67 charts
Rank in 1986:13Rank Score:1,528
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:867
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139.

Imperial BedroomUnited Kingdom Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Year of Release:1982Appears in:78 charts
Rank in 1982:13Rank Score:1,519
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:872
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140.

Low LifeUnited Kingdom New Order
Year of Release:1985Appears in:73 charts
Rank in 1985:13Rank Score:1,510
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:879
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 110 11%
1981 117 12%
1982 93 9%
1983 95 10%
1984 100 10%
1985 89 9%
1986 97 10%
1987 93 9%
1988 104 10%
1989 102 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 9 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
Rush 7 1%
U2 7 1%
Eurythmics 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 411 41%
United States 393 39%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 27 3%
Norway 16 2%
Germany 16 2%
Ireland 12 1%
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