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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.
19801,126226,617 Remain In Light (49th)
by Talking Heads
19811,194126,298 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,174159,022 Thriller (75th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,144144,029 Murmur (139th)
by R.E.M.
19841,206199,032 Purple Rain (110th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,156152,678 Rain Dogs (104th)
by Tom Waits
19861,269219,465 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,378213,581 The Joshua Tree (34th)
by U2
19881,324197,335 Daydream Nation (55th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,359276,765 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total12,3301,914,820

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
31.

Strangeways, Here We ComeUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1987Appears in:438 charts
Rank in 1987:3Rank Score:9,220
Rank in 1980s31Overall Rank:245
Average Rating:  81/100 (670 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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32.

Sign 'O' The TimesUnited States Prince
Year of Release:1987Appears in:413 charts
Rank in 1987:4Rank Score:9,027
Rank in 1980s32Overall Rank:250
Average Rating:  80/100 (515 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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33.

SynchronicityUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1983Appears in:461 charts
Rank in 1983:3Rank Score:8,723
Rank in 1980s33Overall Rank:255
Average Rating:  78/100 (623 votes)
Comments: 47 comments
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34.

The Number Of The BeastUnited Kingdom Iron Maiden
Year of Release:1982Appears in:359 charts
Rank in 1982:2Rank Score:8,685
Rank in 1980s34Overall Rank:258
Average Rating:  79/100 (597 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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35.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:433 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:8,553
Rank in 1980s35Overall Rank:262
Average Rating:  79/100 (528 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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36.

PsychocandyUnited Kingdom The Jesus And Mary Chain
Year of Release:1985Appears in:444 charts
Rank in 1985:5Rank Score:8,501
Rank in 1980s36Overall Rank:265
Average Rating:  80/100 (592 votes)
Comments: 45 comments
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37.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:367 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:7,860
Rank in 1980s37Overall Rank:288
Average Rating:  81/100 (448 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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38.

...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:345 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:7,638
Rank in 1980s38Overall Rank:299
Average Rating:  78/100 (662 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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39.

NebraskaUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1982Appears in:402 charts
Rank in 1982:3Rank Score:7,633
Rank in 1980s39Overall Rank:300
Average Rating:  80/100 (603 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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40.

Power, Corruption And LiesUnited Kingdom New Order
Year of Release:1983Appears in:398 charts
Rank in 1983:4Rank Score:7,593
Rank in 1980s40Overall Rank:301
Average Rating:  81/100 (475 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 113 11%
1981 119 12%
1982 98 10%
1983 99 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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