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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 18,000 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.
1980751176,230 Remain In Light (56th)
by Talking Heads
198184794,610 Moving Pictures (168th)
by Rush
1982845121,533 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
1983812109,306 Murmur (130th)
by R.E.M.
1984849155,047 Purple Rain (112th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985802119,571 Rain Dogs (90th)
by Tom Waits
1986913170,647 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987961168,747 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988989156,871 Daydream Nation (48th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,031218,215 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total8,8001,490,777

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.

Meat Puppets IIUnited States Meat Puppets
Year of Release:1984Appears in:123 charts
Rank in 1984:17Rank Score:1,895
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:827
Average Rating:  79/100 (142 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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132.

The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1Mixed Nationality The Traveling Wilburys
Year of Release:1988Appears in:120 charts
Rank in 1988:14Rank Score:1,892
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:829
Average Rating:  77/100 (153 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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133.

Rattle And HumIreland U2
Year of Release:1988Appears in:129 charts
Rank in 1988:15Rank Score:1,874
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:834
Average Rating:  72/100 (298 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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134.

Dare!United Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:116 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:1,863
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:840
Average Rating:  72/100 (178 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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135.

Tunnel Of LoveUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1987Appears in:109 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:1,861
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:843
Average Rating:  74/100 (220 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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136.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:99 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:1,838
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:851
Average Rating:  76/100 (133 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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137.

Script Of The BridgeUnited Kingdom The Chameleons
Year of Release:1983Appears in:90 charts
Rank in 1983:11Rank Score:1,835
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:855
Average Rating:  77/100 (105 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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138.

Texas FloodUnited States Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble
Year of Release:1983Appears in:121 charts
Rank in 1983:12Rank Score:1,810
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:861
Average Rating:  78/100 (137 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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139.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:76 charts
Rank in 1981:11Rank Score:1,804
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:865
Average Rating:  71/100 (119 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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140.

ParadeUnited States Prince & The Revolution
Year of Release:1986Appears in:95 charts
Rank in 1986:13Rank Score:1,790
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:871
Average Rating:  75/100 (140 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 114 11%
1982 93 9%
1983 93 9%
1984 98 10%
1985 90 9%
1986 110 11%
1987 92 9%
1988 99 10%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
Ramones 7 1%
Rush 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 413 41%
United States 393 39%
Australia 42 4%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 17 2%
Norway 14 1%
Ireland 13 1%
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