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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 16,000 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.
1980672160,458 Remain In Light (59th)
by Talking Heads
198172785,110 Moving Pictures (163rd)
by Rush
1982745110,813 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
198370198,297 Murmur (132nd)
by R.E.M.
1984744139,815 Purple Rain (116th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985686108,297 Rain Dogs (99th)
by Tom Waits
1986774155,363 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987832154,495 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988862140,937 Daydream Nation (47th)
by Sonic Youth
1989904200,798 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total7,6471,354,385

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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131.

Get Happy!!United Kingdom Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Year of Release:1980Appears in:90 charts
Rank in 1980:18Rank Score:1,771
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:816
Average Rating: 76/100 (154 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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132.

Tunnel Of LoveUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1987Appears in:97 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:1,738
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:834
Average Rating: 75/100 (194 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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133.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie & The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:77 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:1,735
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:835
Average Rating: 76/100 (101 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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134.

Combat RockUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1982Appears in:132 charts
Rank in 1982:12Rank Score:1,734
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:836
Average Rating: 76/100 (227 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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135.

Ace Of SpadesUnited Kingdom Motörhead
Year of Release:1980Appears in:106 charts
Rank in 1980:19Rank Score:1,732
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:837
Average Rating: 78/100 (159 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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136.

Dare!United Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:102 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:1,726
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:839
Average Rating: 74/100 (158 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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137.

Low LifeUnited Kingdom New Order
Year of Release:1985Appears in:92 charts
Rank in 1985:13Rank Score:1,710
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:846
Average Rating: 78/100 (127 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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138.

Bad BrainsUnited States Bad Brains
Year of Release:1982Appears in:68 charts
Rank in 1982:13Rank Score:1,660
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:864
Average Rating: 73/100 (77 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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139.

ParadeUnited States Prince & The Revolution
Year of Release:1986Appears in:82 charts
Rank in 1986:13Rank Score:1,637
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:873
Average Rating: 75/100 (117 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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140.

Meat Puppets IIUnited States Meat Puppets
Year of Release:1984Appears in:107 charts
Rank in 1984:17Rank Score:1,618
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:885
Average Rating: 80/100 (117 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 111 11%
1982 96 10%
1983 94 9%
1984 100 10%
1985 89 9%
1986 106 11%
1987 92 9%
1988 103 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 9 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
Ramones 7 1%
Eurythmics 7 1%
U2 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 410 41%
United States 400 40%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 26 3%
Norway 15 2%
Germany 15 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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