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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.
1980751175,996 Remain In Light (56th)
by Talking Heads
198184594,532 Moving Pictures (167th)
by Rush
1982843121,154 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
1983812109,183 Murmur (130th)
by R.E.M.
1984849154,671 Purple Rain (112th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985802119,349 Rain Dogs (91st)
by Tom Waits
1986911170,603 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987961168,496 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988989156,898 Daydream Nation (48th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,031218,121 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total8,7941,489,003

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.

Group SexUnited States Circle Jerks
Year of Release:1980Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1980:77Rank Score:314
Rank in 1980s591Overall Rank:3,710
Average Rating:  69/100 (36 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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592.

In My TribeUnited States 10,000 Maniacs
Year of Release:1987Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1987:55Rank Score:313
Rank in 1980s592Overall Rank:3,716
Average Rating:  70/100 (57 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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593.

Like A VirginUnited States Madonna
Year of Release:1984Appears in:55 charts
Rank in 1984:61Rank Score:313
Rank in 1980s593Overall Rank:3,718
Average Rating:  67/100 (93 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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594.

JuntaUnited States Phish
Year of Release:1989Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1989:55Rank Score:313
Rank in 1980s594Overall Rank:3,724
Average Rating:  75/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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595.

The Last Of The True BelieversUnited States Nanci Griffith
Year of Release:1986Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1986:57Rank Score:312
Rank in 1980s595Overall Rank:3,725
Average Rating:  69/100 (22 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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596.

Masters Of RealityUnited States Masters Of Reality
Year of Release:1989Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1989:56Rank Score:312
Rank in 1980s596Overall Rank:3,729
Average Rating:  74/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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597.

The Raw And The CookedUnited Kingdom Fine Young Cannibals
Year of Release:1988Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1988:60Rank Score:312
Rank in 1980s597Overall Rank:3,730
Average Rating:  72/100 (52 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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598.

The Wild HeartUnited States Stevie Nicks
Year of Release:1983Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1983:56Rank Score:308
Rank in 1980s598Overall Rank:3,757
Average Rating:  74/100 (31 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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599.

Pleasant DreamsUnited States Ramones
Year of Release:1981Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1981:70Rank Score:308
Rank in 1980s599Overall Rank:3,767
Average Rating:  70/100 (37 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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600.

Workers PlaytimeUnited Kingdom Billy Bragg
Year of Release:1988Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1988:61Rank Score:307
Rank in 1980s600Overall Rank:3,772
Average Rating:  71/100 (23 votes)
Comments: 2 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%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Siouxsie & The Banshees 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
U2 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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