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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.
1980700167,136 Remain In Light (55th)
by Talking Heads
198175888,518 Moving Pictures (170th)
by Rush
1982792114,511 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
1983742103,609 Murmur (133rd)
by R.E.M.
1984792145,129 Purple Rain (117th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985746113,706 Rain Dogs (93rd)
by Tom Waits
1986843162,955 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987897160,453 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988928147,603 Daydream Nation (48th)
by Sonic Youth
1989956208,594 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total8,1541,412,213

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.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie & The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:80 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:1,824
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:826
Average Rating:  76/100 (109 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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132.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:73 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:1,801
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:838
Average Rating:  71/100 (117 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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133.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:89 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:1,800
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:839
Average Rating:  76/100 (124 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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134.

Meat Puppets IIUnited States Meat Puppets
Year of Release:1984Appears in:111 charts
Rank in 1984:17Rank Score:1,741
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:856
Average Rating:  80/100 (127 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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135.

Tunnel Of LoveUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1987Appears in:100 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:1,741
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:857
Average Rating:  74/100 (206 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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136.

Combat RockUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1982Appears in:139 charts
Rank in 1982:12Rank Score:1,739
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:858
Average Rating:  75/100 (237 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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137.

Ace Of SpadesUnited Kingdom Motörhead
Year of Release:1980Appears in:111 charts
Rank in 1980:19Rank Score:1,732
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:864
Average Rating:  77/100 (170 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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138.

Dare!United Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:106 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:1,722
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:869
Average Rating:  72/100 (165 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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139.

Pleased To Meet MeUnited States The Replacements
Year of Release:1987Appears in:86 charts
Rank in 1987:17Rank Score:1,716
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:872
Average Rating:  78/100 (121 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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140.

Script Of The BridgeUnited Kingdom The Chameleons
Year of Release:1983Appears in:77 charts
Rank in 1983:11Rank Score:1,674
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:883
Average Rating:  76/100 (94 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 113 11%
1981 112 11%
1982 96 10%
1983 93 9%
1984 100 10%
1985 89 9%
1986 108 11%
1987 89 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Eurythmics 7 1%
Depeche Mode 7 1%
U2 7 1%
Siouxsie & The Banshees 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 409 41%
United States 397 40%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 26 3%
Norway 15 2%
Germany 15 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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