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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.
19801,128226,879 Remain In Light (50th)
by Talking Heads
19811,195126,395 Moving Pictures (153rd)
by Rush
19821,174159,128 Thriller (75th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,145144,063 Murmur (139th)
by R.E.M.
19841,207198,973 Purple Rain (111th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,158152,720 Rain Dogs (105th)
by Tom Waits
19861,270219,605 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,380213,673 The Joshua Tree (34th)
by U2
19881,324197,501 Daydream Nation (55th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,359277,031 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total12,3401,915,968

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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RankAlbumArtist
131.

Fire Of LoveUnited States The Gun Club
Year of Release:1981Appears in:150 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:2,364
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:850
Average Rating:  79/100 (176 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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132.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:122 charts
Rank in 1981:11Rank Score:2,357
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:852
Average Rating:  73/100 (177 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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133.

The Sensual WorldUnited Kingdom Kate Bush
Year of Release:1989Appears in:172 charts
Rank in 1989:14Rank Score:2,332
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:860
Average Rating:  76/100 (222 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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134.

Script Of The BridgeUnited Kingdom The Chameleons
Year of Release:1983Appears in:134 charts
Rank in 1983:12Rank Score:2,320
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:866
Average Rating:  78/100 (160 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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135.

Combat RockUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1982Appears in:231 charts
Rank in 1982:11Rank Score:2,309
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:871
Average Rating:  76/100 (395 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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136.

New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)United Kingdom Simple Minds
Year of Release:1982Appears in:146 charts
Rank in 1982:12Rank Score:2,264
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:886
Average Rating:  78/100 (149 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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137.

DarklandsUnited Kingdom The Jesus And Mary Chain
Year of Release:1987Appears in:174 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:2,262
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:889
Average Rating:  78/100 (203 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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138.


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United States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:64 charts
Rank in 1988:15Rank Score:2,259
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:893
Average Rating:  84/100 (187 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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139.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:139 charts
Rank in 1981:12Rank Score:2,234
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:902
Average Rating:  76/100 (195 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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140.

The Great Twenty-Eight
Compilation
United States Chuck Berry
Year of Release:1982Appears in:79 charts
Rank in 1982:13Rank Score:2,184
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:919
Average Rating:  79/100 (217 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 113 11%
1981 120 12%
1982 98 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 96 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 103 10%
1987 91 9%
1988 97 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 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 418 42%
United States 394 39%
Australia 43 4%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 13 1%
Norway 11 1%
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