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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 22,000 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.
1980959199,142 Remain In Light (50th)
by Talking Heads
19811,050111,182 Moving Pictures (156th)
by Rush
19821,021139,052 Thriller (75th)
by Michael Jackson
1983964124,837 Murmur (134th)
by R.E.M.
19841,022172,902 Purple Rain (110th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985966133,419 Rain Dogs (102nd)
by Tom Waits
19861,056190,324 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,142189,649 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,141175,036 Daydream Nation (52nd)
by Sonic Youth
19891,188244,152 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total10,5091,679,694

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:92 charts
Rank in 1981:11Rank Score:2,099
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:832
Average Rating:  72/100 (139 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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132.

I'm Your ManCanada Leonard Cohen
Year of Release:1988Appears in:139 charts
Rank in 1988:14Rank Score:2,097
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:833
Average Rating:  80/100 (164 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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133.

The Sensual WorldUnited Kingdom Kate Bush
Year of Release:1989Appears in:134 charts
Rank in 1989:14Rank Score:2,071
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:843
Average Rating:  76/100 (182 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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134.

Sound AffectsUnited Kingdom The Jam
Year of Release:1980Appears in:131 charts
Rank in 1980:17Rank Score:2,065
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:845
Average Rating:  78/100 (174 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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135.

DareUnited Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:144 charts
Rank in 1981:12Rank Score:2,053
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:851
Average Rating:  74/100 (211 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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136.

Tunnel Of LoveUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1987Appears in:127 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:2,053
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:852
Average Rating:  74/100 (261 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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137.

Ace Of SpadesUnited Kingdom Motörhead
Year of Release:1980Appears in:137 charts
Rank in 1980:18Rank Score:2,025
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:865
Average Rating:  78/100 (205 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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138.


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United States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:54 charts
Rank in 1988:15Rank Score:2,015
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:867
Average Rating:  83/100 (156 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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139.

The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1Mixed Nationality The Traveling Wilburys
Year of Release:1988Appears in:126 charts
Rank in 1988:16Rank Score:1,971
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:885
Average Rating:  76/100 (178 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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140.

Zenyatta MondattaUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1980Appears in:157 charts
Rank in 1980:19Rank Score:1,968
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:886
Average Rating:  75/100 (256 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 119 12%
1982 95 10%
1983 96 10%
1984 97 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 102 10%
1987 93 9%
1988 96 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 419 42%
United States 388 39%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 25 3%
Germany 19 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Argentina 12 1%
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