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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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31.

Strangeways, Here We ComeUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1987Appears in:431 charts
Rank in 1987:3Rank Score:9,139
Rank in 1980s31Overall Rank:244
Average Rating:  81/100 (664 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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32.

Sign 'O' The TimesUnited States Prince
Year of Release:1987Appears in:404 charts
Rank in 1987:4Rank Score:8,896
Rank in 1980s32Overall Rank:251
Average Rating:  80/100 (509 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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33.

SynchronicityUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1983Appears in:452 charts
Rank in 1983:3Rank Score:8,721
Rank in 1980s33Overall Rank:253
Average Rating:  78/100 (617 votes)
Comments: 47 comments
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34.

The Number Of The BeastUnited Kingdom Iron Maiden
Year of Release:1982Appears in:350 charts
Rank in 1982:2Rank Score:8,537
Rank in 1980s34Overall Rank:260
Average Rating:  79/100 (581 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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35.

PsychocandyUnited Kingdom The Jesus And Mary Chain
Year of Release:1985Appears in:434 charts
Rank in 1985:5Rank Score:8,513
Rank in 1980s35Overall Rank:261
Average Rating:  80/100 (582 votes)
Comments: 45 comments
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36.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:422 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:8,502
Rank in 1980s36Overall Rank:262
Average Rating:  79/100 (519 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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37.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:363 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:7,753
Rank in 1980s37Overall Rank:292
Average Rating:  81/100 (444 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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38.

NebraskaUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1982Appears in:394 charts
Rank in 1982:3Rank Score:7,627
Rank in 1980s38Overall Rank:297
Average Rating:  80/100 (598 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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39.

...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:340 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:7,592
Rank in 1980s39Overall Rank:299
Average Rating:  78/100 (651 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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40.

Power, Corruption And LiesUnited Kingdom New Order
Year of Release:1983Appears in:383 charts
Rank in 1983:4Rank Score:7,281
Rank in 1980s40Overall Rank:304
Average Rating:  81/100 (466 votes)
Comments: 31 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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