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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 14,000 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.
1980615148,999 Remain in Light (59th)
by Talking Heads
198166478,557 Moving Pictures (154th)
by Rush
1982672101,125 Thriller (70th)
by Michael Jackson
198361790,471 Murmur (132nd)
by R.E.M.
1984659127,982 Purple Rain (119th)
by Prince & The Revolution
198560798,950 Rain Dogs (97th)
by Tom Waits
1986689143,968 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987739145,632 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988752131,378 Daydream Nation (46th)
by Sonic Youth
1989800186,167 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total6,8141,253,229

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, U2, The Stone Roses, The Cure, Metallica, Sonic Youth, Talking Heads, R.E.M. and Guns N' Roses.
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591.

Kilroy Was HereUnited States Styx
Year of Release:1983Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1983:58Rank Score:260
Rank in 1980s591Overall Rank:3,731
Average Rating: 61/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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592.

LCUnited Kingdom Durutti Column
Year of Release:1981Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1981:66Rank Score:260
Rank in 1980s592Overall Rank:3,742
Average Rating: 71/100 (26 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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593.

Chronic TownUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1982Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1982:60Rank Score:259
Rank in 1980s593Overall Rank:3,750
Average Rating: 76/100 (60 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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594.

UnmaskedUnited States Kiss
Year of Release:1980Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1980:78Rank Score:258
Rank in 1980s594Overall Rank:3,758
Average Rating: 70/100 (22 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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595.

PeepshowUnited Kingdom Siouxsie & The Banshees
Year of Release:1988Appears in:27 charts
Rank in 1988:59Rank Score:258
Rank in 1980s595Overall Rank:3,763
Average Rating: 73/100 (37 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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596.

Sleep No MoreUnited Kingdom The Comsat Angels
Year of Release:1981Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1981:67Rank Score:257
Rank in 1980s596Overall Rank:3,772
Average Rating: 71/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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597.

Steel WheelsUnited Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1989Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1989:55Rank Score:256
Rank in 1980s597Overall Rank:3,787
Average Rating: 70/100 (85 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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598.

Club Classics, Vol. 1United Kingdom Soul II Soul
Year of Release:1989Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1989:56Rank Score:255
Rank in 1980s598Overall Rank:3,793
Average Rating: 73/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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599.

Metal HealthUnited States Quiet Riot
Year of Release:1983Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1983:59Rank Score:255
Rank in 1980s599Overall Rank:3,800
Average Rating: 66/100 (27 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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600.

Beneath The RemainsBrazil Sepultura
Year of Release:1989Appears in:33 charts
Rank in 1989:57Rank Score:254
Rank in 1980s600Overall Rank:3,812
Average Rating: 71/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 117 12%
1982 92 9%
1983 95 10%
1984 99 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 97 10%
1987 94 9%
1988 104 10%
1989 103 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 412 41%
United States 394 39%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 27 3%
Norway 16 2%
Germany 15 2%
Ireland 12 1%
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