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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.
1980721169,576 Remain In Light (54th)
by Talking Heads
198178490,769 Moving Pictures (168th)
by Rush
1982816116,532 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
1983778105,670 Murmur (133rd)
by R.E.M.
1984820146,680 Purple Rain (116th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985781115,766 Rain Dogs (91st)
by Tom Waits
1986879164,582 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987927163,060 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988958150,175 Daydream Nation (48th)
by Sonic Youth
1989987211,182 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total8,4511,433,991

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.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:94 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:1,853
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:812
Average Rating:  76/100 (127 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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132.

Get Happy!!United Kingdom Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Year of Release:1980Appears in:91 charts
Rank in 1980:18Rank Score:1,851
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:814
Average Rating:  76/100 (160 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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133.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:75 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:1,806
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:832
Average Rating:  71/100 (118 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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134.

Texas FloodUnited States Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble
Year of Release:1983Appears in:114 charts
Rank in 1983:11Rank Score:1,763
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:846
Average Rating:  78/100 (136 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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135.

Dare!United Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:110 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:1,753
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:852
Average Rating:  72/100 (170 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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136.

Ace Of SpadesUnited Kingdom Motörhead
Year of Release:1980Appears in:113 charts
Rank in 1980:19Rank Score:1,748
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:856
Average Rating:  77/100 (174 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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137.

Combat RockUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1982Appears in:143 charts
Rank in 1982:12Rank Score:1,747
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:857
Average Rating:  75/100 (241 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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138.

Tunnel Of LoveUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1987Appears in:100 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:1,731
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:862
Average Rating:  74/100 (211 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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139.

Pleased To Meet MeUnited States The Replacements
Year of Release:1987Appears in:87 charts
Rank in 1987:17Rank Score:1,719
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:866
Average Rating:  78/100 (122 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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140.

Meat Puppets IIUnited States Meat Puppets
Year of Release:1984Appears in:114 charts
Rank in 1984:17Rank Score:1,716
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:868
Average Rating:  79/100 (133 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 114 11%
1982 96 10%
1983 92 9%
1984 100 10%
1985 89 9%
1986 106 11%
1987 91 9%
1988 103 10%
1989 97 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 408 41%
United States 397 40%
Australia 42 4%
Canada 25 3%
Norway 15 2%
Germany 15 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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