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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 22,000 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.
1980962199,736 Remain In Light (50th)
by Talking Heads
19811,052111,262 Moving Pictures (161st)
by Rush
19821,023139,023 Thriller (75th)
by Michael Jackson
1983964125,249 Murmur (134th)
by R.E.M.
19841,024172,776 Purple Rain (110th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985967133,415 Rain Dogs (102nd)
by Tom Waits
19861,059190,332 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,141190,000 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,149175,005 Daydream Nation (52nd)
by Sonic Youth
19891,188244,565 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total10,5291,681,364

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
591.

Dead Can DanceAustralia Dead Can Dance
Year of Release:1984Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1984:61Rank Score:365
Rank in 1980s591Overall Rank:3,575
Average Rating:  71/100 (41 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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592.

So Far, So Good... So What!United States Megadeth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:27 charts
Rank in 1988:60Rank Score:365
Rank in 1980s592Overall Rank:3,577
Average Rating:  73/100 (69 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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593.

Creatures Of The NightUnited States Kiss
Year of Release:1982Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1982:63Rank Score:364
Rank in 1980s593Overall Rank:3,583
Average Rating:  70/100 (38 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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594.

Flowers Of RomanceUnited Kingdom Public Image Ltd.
Year of Release:1981Appears in:46 charts
Rank in 1981:70Rank Score:363
Rank in 1980s594Overall Rank:3,592
Average Rating:  73/100 (58 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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595.

Filigree And ShadowUnited Kingdom This Mortal Coil
Year of Release:1986Appears in:35 charts
Rank in 1986:59Rank Score:363
Rank in 1980s595Overall Rank:3,597
Average Rating:  74/100 (43 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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596.

Jane From Occupied EuropeUnited Kingdom Swell Maps
Year of Release:1980Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1980:73Rank Score:362
Rank in 1980s596Overall Rank:3,601
Average Rating:  74/100 (44 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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597.

The CrossingUnited Kingdom Big Country
Year of Release:1983Appears in:40 charts
Rank in 1983:55Rank Score:357
Rank in 1980s597Overall Rank:3,631
Average Rating:  71/100 (64 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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598.

Alturas De Machu PicchuChile Los Jaivas
Year of Release:1981Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1981:71Rank Score:357
Rank in 1980s598Overall Rank:3,632
Average Rating:  70/100 (27 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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599.

Under The Big Black SunUnited States X
Year of Release:1982Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1982:64Rank Score:356
Rank in 1980s599Overall Rank:3,639
Average Rating:  70/100 (40 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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600.

ScumUnited Kingdom Napalm Death
Year of Release:1987Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1987:60Rank Score:356
Rank in 1980s600Overall Rank:3,646
Average Rating:  69/100 (37 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 116 12%
1981 119 12%
1982 93 9%
1983 96 10%
1984 97 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 102 10%
1987 93 9%
1988 96 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 9 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
U2 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 419 42%
United States 388 39%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 25 3%
Germany 19 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Argentina 12 1%
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