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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 23,000 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.
1980992205,063 Remain In Light (50th)
by Talking Heads
19811,083114,118 Moving Pictures (155th)
by Rush
19821,069144,056 Thriller (76th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,029131,636 Murmur (136th)
by R.E.M.
19841,063179,051 Purple Rain (110th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985983137,162 Rain Dogs (101st)
by Tom Waits
19861,088197,723 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,181194,999 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,174179,187 Daydream Nation (54th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,215252,665 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total10,8771,735,658

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:101 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:2,145
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:839
Average Rating:  73/100 (147 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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132.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:124 charts
Rank in 1981:11Rank Score:2,140
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:840
Average Rating:  76/100 (174 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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133.

Ace Of SpadesUnited Kingdom Motörhead
Year of Release:1980Appears in:147 charts
Rank in 1980:17Rank Score:2,134
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:845
Average Rating:  78/100 (216 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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134.

I'm Your ManCanada Leonard Cohen
Year of Release:1988Appears in:140 charts
Rank in 1988:14Rank Score:2,100
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:854
Average Rating:  80/100 (169 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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135.

Combat RockUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1982Appears in:196 charts
Rank in 1982:12Rank Score:2,098
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:855
Average Rating:  76/100 (338 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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136.

DareUnited Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:157 charts
Rank in 1981:12Rank Score:2,085
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:862
Average Rating:  74/100 (222 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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137.

DarklandsUnited Kingdom The Jesus And Mary Chain
Year of Release:1987Appears in:150 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:2,065
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:869
Average Rating:  78/100 (168 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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138.

Sound AffectsUnited Kingdom The Jam
Year of Release:1980Appears in:130 charts
Rank in 1980:18Rank Score:2,058
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:872
Average Rating:  79/100 (179 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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139.

Tunnel Of LoveUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1987Appears in:135 charts
Rank in 1987:17Rank Score:2,056
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:873
Average Rating:  75/100 (279 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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140.

Raising HellUnited States Run-D.M.C.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:149 charts
Rank in 1986:13Rank Score:2,010
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:892
Average Rating:  77/100 (178 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 124 12%
1982 96 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 96 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 103 10%
1987 93 9%
1988 95 10%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 415 42%
United States 390 39%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 18 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Argentina 12 1%
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