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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 22,000 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.
1980962199,896 Remain In Light (50th)
by Talking Heads
19811,052111,293 Moving Pictures (161st)
by Rush
19821,024139,308 Thriller (75th)
by Michael Jackson
1983965125,358 Murmur (134th)
by R.E.M.
19841,023172,988 Purple Rain (110th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985967133,636 Rain Dogs (103rd)
by Tom Waits
19861,060190,590 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,141190,011 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,150175,092 Daydream Nation (52nd)
by Sonic Youth
19891,188244,686 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total10,5321,682,859

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.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:92 charts
Rank in 1981:11Rank Score:2,099
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:835
Average Rating:  73/100 (140 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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132.

I'm Your ManCanada Leonard Cohen
Year of Release:1988Appears in:139 charts
Rank in 1988:14Rank Score:2,097
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:836
Average Rating:  80/100 (164 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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133.

Ace Of SpadesUnited Kingdom Motörhead
Year of Release:1980Appears in:138 charts
Rank in 1980:17Rank Score:2,089
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:843
Average Rating:  78/100 (206 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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134.

The Sensual WorldUnited Kingdom Kate Bush
Year of Release:1989Appears in:134 charts
Rank in 1989:14Rank Score:2,072
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:848
Average Rating:  76/100 (182 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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135.

Sound AffectsUnited Kingdom The Jam
Year of Release:1980Appears in:131 charts
Rank in 1980:18Rank Score:2,065
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:850
Average Rating:  79/100 (175 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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136.

DareUnited Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:144 charts
Rank in 1981:12Rank Score:2,053
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:857
Average Rating:  74/100 (211 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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137.

Tunnel Of LoveUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1987Appears in:127 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:2,035
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:864
Average Rating:  74/100 (261 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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United States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:54 charts
Rank in 1988:15Rank Score:2,027
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:867
Average Rating:  83/100 (157 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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139.

The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1Mixed Nationality The Traveling Wilburys
Year of Release:1988Appears in:126 charts
Rank in 1988:16Rank Score:1,971
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:888
Average Rating:  76/100 (178 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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140.

Zenyatta MondattaUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1980Appears in:157 charts
Rank in 1980:19Rank Score:1,968
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:889
Average Rating:  75/100 (256 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 116 12%
1981 119 12%
1982 93 9%
1983 96 10%
1984 97 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 102 10%
1987 93 9%
1988 96 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 419 42%
United States 389 39%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 25 3%
Germany 18 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Argentina 12 1%
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