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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 26,000 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.
19801,113223,931 Remain In Light (51st)
by Talking Heads
19811,182124,749 Moving Pictures (153rd)
by Rush
19821,165156,975 Thriller (74th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,136142,929 Murmur (138th)
by R.E.M.
19841,198197,066 Purple Rain (110th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,133150,963 Rain Dogs (105th)
by Tom Waits
19861,227217,599 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,324211,627 The Joshua Tree (33rd)
by U2
19881,305195,265 Daydream Nation (54th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,341273,562 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total12,1241,894,666

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

I'm Your ManCanada Leonard Cohen
Year of Release:1988Appears in:172 charts
Rank in 1988:13Rank Score:2,354
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:852
Average Rating:  80/100 (211 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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132.

If I Should Fall From Grace With GodUnited Kingdom The Pogues
Year of Release:1988Appears in:163 charts
Rank in 1988:14Rank Score:2,333
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:857
Average Rating:  77/100 (207 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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133.

DarklandsUnited Kingdom The Jesus And Mary Chain
Year of Release:1987Appears in:171 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:2,307
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:865
Average Rating:  78/100 (200 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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134.

The Sensual WorldUnited Kingdom Kate Bush
Year of Release:1989Appears in:168 charts
Rank in 1989:14Rank Score:2,291
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:869
Average Rating:  77/100 (219 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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135.

Script Of The BridgeUnited Kingdom The Chameleons
Year of Release:1983Appears in:129 charts
Rank in 1983:12Rank Score:2,271
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:875
Average Rating:  78/100 (153 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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136.

New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)United Kingdom Simple Minds
Year of Release:1982Appears in:142 charts
Rank in 1982:11Rank Score:2,240
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:884
Average Rating:  78/100 (147 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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137.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:137 charts
Rank in 1981:12Rank Score:2,197
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:896
Average Rating:  76/100 (191 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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138.

Combat RockUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1982Appears in:227 charts
Rank in 1982:12Rank Score:2,193
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:899
Average Rating:  76/100 (390 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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139.


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United States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:62 charts
Rank in 1988:15Rank Score:2,192
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:900
Average Rating:  83/100 (186 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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140.

Rattle And HumIreland U2
Year of Release:1988Appears in:170 charts
Rank in 1988:16Rank Score:2,165
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:913
Average Rating:  72/100 (411 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 120 12%
1982 100 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 97 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 103 10%
1987 93 9%
1988 96 10%
1989 97 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 419 42%
United States 395 40%
Australia 44 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 19 2%
Ireland 13 1%
Argentina 11 1%
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