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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 15,000 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.
1980651158,272 Remain In Light (59th)
by Talking Heads
198170283,569 Moving Pictures (153rd)
by Rush
1982717109,341 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
198366696,271 Murmur (132nd)
by R.E.M.
1984706137,547 Purple Rain (115th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985646105,748 Rain Dogs (100th)
by Tom Waits
1986729151,963 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987790152,161 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988824138,465 Daydream Nation (47th)
by Sonic Youth
1989867196,418 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total7,2981,329,757

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.

The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1United States The Traveling Wilburys
Year of Release:1988Appears in:99 charts
Rank in 1988:15Rank Score:1,731
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:812
Average Rating: 77/100 (130 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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132.

Dare!United Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:98 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:1,727
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:813
Average Rating: 74/100 (157 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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133.

Tunnel Of LoveUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1987Appears in:94 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:1,722
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:815
Average Rating: 75/100 (192 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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134.

Low LifeUnited Kingdom New Order
Year of Release:1985Appears in:86 charts
Rank in 1985:13Rank Score:1,710
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:819
Average Rating: 77/100 (125 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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135.

EnergyUnited States Operation Ivy
Year of Release:1989Appears in:51 charts
Rank in 1989:15Rank Score:1,707
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:820
Average Rating: 73/100 (73 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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136.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:66 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:1,663
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:844
Average Rating: 71/100 (106 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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137.

Combat RockUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1982Appears in:126 charts
Rank in 1982:12Rank Score:1,649
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:850
Average Rating: 75/100 (220 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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138.

DarklandsUnited Kingdom The Jesus and Mary Chain
Year of Release:1987Appears in:97 charts
Rank in 1987:17Rank Score:1,637
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:859
Average Rating: 77/100 (114 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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139.

Script Of The BridgeUnited Kingdom The Chameleons
Year of Release:1983Appears in:70 charts
Rank in 1983:11Rank Score:1,614
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:872
Average Rating: 76/100 (80 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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140.

ParadeUnited States Prince & The Revolution
Year of Release:1986Appears in:78 charts
Rank in 1986:13Rank Score:1,613
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:873
Average Rating: 75/100 (113 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 110 11%
1981 114 11%
1982 97 10%
1983 93 9%
1984 101 10%
1985 89 9%
1986 100 10%
1987 91 9%
1988 105 11%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 410 41%
United States 397 40%
Australia 42 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 15 2%
Norway 15 2%
Ireland 12 1%
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