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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.
1980684165,576 Remain In Light (55th)
by Talking Heads
198174187,268 Moving Pictures (167th)
by Rush
1982768113,627 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
1983718101,511 Murmur (132nd)
by R.E.M.
1984764143,195 Purple Rain (117th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985716112,669 Rain Dogs (94th)
by Tom Waits
1986803160,080 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987862158,214 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988894145,169 Daydream Nation (49th)
by Sonic Youth
1989930206,699 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total7,8801,394,007

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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131.

Get Happy!!United Kingdom Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Year of Release:1980Appears in:90 charts
Rank in 1980:18Rank Score:1,818
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:818
Average Rating: 76/100 (154 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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132.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:74 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:1,813
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:822
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:86 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:1,750
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:848
Average Rating: 76/100 (122 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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134.

Ace Of SpadesUnited Kingdom Motörhead
Year of Release:1980Appears in:111 charts
Rank in 1980:19Rank Score:1,746
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:850
Average Rating: 77/100 (165 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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135.

Combat RockUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1982Appears in:135 charts
Rank in 1982:12Rank Score:1,743
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:851
Average Rating: 76/100 (230 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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136.

Tunnel Of LoveUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1987Appears in:99 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:1,734
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:855
Average Rating: 74/100 (200 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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137.

Meat Puppets IIUnited States Meat Puppets
Year of Release:1984Appears in:107 charts
Rank in 1984:17Rank Score:1,728
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:859
Average Rating: 80/100 (124 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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138.

Dare!United Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:104 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:1,717
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:864
Average Rating: 72/100 (163 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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139.

Pleased To Meet MeUnited States The Replacements
Year of Release:1987Appears in:84 charts
Rank in 1987:17Rank Score:1,694
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:871
Average Rating: 78/100 (121 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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140.

ParadeUnited States Prince & The Revolution
Year of Release:1986Appears in:84 charts
Rank in 1986:13Rank Score:1,671
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:880
Average Rating: 75/100 (120 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 112 11%
1982 97 10%
1983 93 9%
1984 101 10%
1985 89 9%
1986 109 11%
1987 90 9%
1988 100 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 410 41%
United States 396 40%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 25 3%
Norway 15 2%
Germany 15 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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