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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 23,000 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.
19801,013209,645 Remain In Light (48th)
by Talking Heads
19811,094116,319 Moving Pictures (156th)
by Rush
19821,083147,165 Thriller (75th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,041133,709 Murmur (138th)
by R.E.M.
19841,086184,255 Purple Rain (107th)
by Prince And The Revolution
1985991139,644 Rain Dogs (105th)
by Tom Waits
19861,101201,862 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,206198,878 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,194182,047 Daydream Nation (55th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,242258,150 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total11,0511,771,672

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, U2, Prince, The Cure, The Stone Roses, Metallica, Talking Heads, Sonic Youth and R.E.M..
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RankAlbumArtist
131.

The Sensual WorldUnited Kingdom Kate Bush
Year of Release:1989Appears in:144 charts
Rank in 1989:14Rank Score:2,165
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:854
Average Rating:  76/100 (190 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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132.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:125 charts
Rank in 1981:11Rank Score:2,143
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:860
Average Rating:  76/100 (181 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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133.

I'm Your ManCanada Leonard Cohen
Year of Release:1988Appears in:146 charts
Rank in 1988:14Rank Score:2,124
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:869
Average Rating:  80/100 (178 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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134.

Combat RockUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1982Appears in:199 charts
Rank in 1982:12Rank Score:2,115
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:873
Average Rating:  76/100 (352 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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135.

Ace Of SpadesUnited Kingdom Motörhead
Year of Release:1980Appears in:148 charts
Rank in 1980:17Rank Score:2,107
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:878
Average Rating:  78/100 (222 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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136.

DareUnited Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:159 charts
Rank in 1981:12Rank Score:2,099
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:882
Average Rating:  74/100 (231 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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137.

Sound AffectsUnited Kingdom The Jam
Year of Release:1980Appears in:130 charts
Rank in 1980:18Rank Score:2,097
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:884
Average Rating:  79/100 (184 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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138.

Raising HellUnited States Run-D.M.C.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:157 charts
Rank in 1986:13Rank Score:2,088
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:887
Average Rating:  77/100 (181 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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139.

Tunnel Of LoveUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1987Appears in:136 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:2,051
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:906
Average Rating:  74/100 (285 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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140.

DarklandsUnited Kingdom The Jesus And Mary Chain
Year of Release:1987Appears in:152 charts
Rank in 1987:17Rank Score:2,049
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:907
Average Rating:  78/100 (178 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 110 11%
1981 123 12%
1982 96 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 96 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 105 11%
1987 94 9%
1988 95 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 416 42%
United States 392 39%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 18 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Argentina 11 1%
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