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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 24,000 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.
19801,060214,673 Remain In Light (48th)
by Talking Heads
19811,123119,016 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,118151,444 Thriller (75th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,079137,762 Murmur (137th)
by R.E.M.
19841,144189,549 Purple Rain (109th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,063145,262 Rain Dogs (105th)
by Tom Waits
19861,146208,792 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,235204,229 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,235187,282 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,287264,637 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total11,4901,822,647

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

Script Of The BridgeUnited Kingdom The Chameleons
Year of Release:1983Appears in:125 charts
Rank in 1983:12Rank Score:2,209
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:868
Average Rating:  78/100 (146 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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132.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:107 charts
Rank in 1981:11Rank Score:2,207
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:869
Average Rating:  73/100 (158 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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133.

The Sensual WorldUnited Kingdom Kate Bush
Year of Release:1989Appears in:155 charts
Rank in 1989:14Rank Score:2,198
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:871
Average Rating:  76/100 (200 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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134.

DarklandsUnited Kingdom The Jesus And Mary Chain
Year of Release:1987Appears in:157 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:2,176
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:876
Average Rating:  78/100 (184 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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135.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:131 charts
Rank in 1981:12Rank Score:2,163
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:877
Average Rating:  76/100 (186 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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136.

The Great Twenty-Eight
Compilation
United States Chuck Berry
Year of Release:1982Appears in:80 charts
Rank in 1982:11Rank Score:2,163
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:879
Average Rating:  79/100 (204 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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137.

ParadeUnited States Prince And The Revolution
Year of Release:1986Appears in:138 charts
Rank in 1986:13Rank Score:2,135
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:886
Average Rating:  76/100 (198 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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138.

Combat RockUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1982Appears in:207 charts
Rank in 1982:12Rank Score:2,117
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:896
Average Rating:  76/100 (367 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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139.


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Surfer Rosa & Come On Pilgrim
Compilation
United States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:58 charts
Rank in 1988:14Rank Score:2,106
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:903
Average Rating:  84/100 (180 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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140.

I'm Your ManCanada Leonard Cohen
Year of Release:1988Appears in:157 charts
Rank in 1988:15Rank Score:2,102
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:904
Average Rating:  80/100 (187 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 109 11%
1981 121 12%
1982 95 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 97 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 104 10%
1987 92 9%
1988 99 10%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Siouxsie And The Banshees 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 414 41%
United States 396 40%
Australia 42 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 17 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Mixed Nationality 11 1%
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