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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 17,000 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.
1980719169,553 Remain In Light (54th)
by Talking Heads
198178190,706 Moving Pictures (168th)
by Rush
1982813116,477 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
1983776105,451 Murmur (133rd)
by R.E.M.
1984820146,857 Purple Rain (116th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985780115,664 Rain Dogs (91st)
by Tom Waits
1986878164,414 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987924162,990 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988957150,275 Daydream Nation (48th)
by Sonic Youth
1989986211,100 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total8,4341,433,488

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 Guns N' Roses.
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RankAlbumArtist
591.

What Does Anything Mean? BasicallyUnited Kingdom The Chameleons
Year of Release:1985Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1985:48Rank Score:301
Rank in 1980s591Overall Rank:3,698
Average Rating:  74/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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592.

Pretenders IIUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1981Appears in:32 charts
Rank in 1981:71Rank Score:301
Rank in 1980s592Overall Rank:3,700
Average Rating:  72/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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593.

No One Can Do It BetterUnited States The D.O.C.
Year of Release:1989Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1989:56Rank Score:299
Rank in 1980s593Overall Rank:3,717
Average Rating:  75/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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594.

Ice Cream For CrowUnited States Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band
Year of Release:1982Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1982:60Rank Score:299
Rank in 1980s594Overall Rank:3,719
Average Rating:  73/100 (41 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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595.

Pleasant DreamsUnited States Ramones
Year of Release:1981Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1981:72Rank Score:298
Rank in 1980s595Overall Rank:3,721
Average Rating:  70/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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596.

Dead Can DanceAustralia Dead Can Dance
Year of Release:1984Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1984:62Rank Score:298
Rank in 1980s596Overall Rank:3,725
Average Rating:  72/100 (26 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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597.

Electric CaféGermany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1986:55Rank Score:298
Rank in 1980s597Overall Rank:3,726
Average Rating:  73/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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598.

Fly On The WallAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1985Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1985:49Rank Score:297
Rank in 1980s598Overall Rank:3,740
Average Rating:  59/100 (59 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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599.

Gentlemen Take PolaroidsUnited Kingdom Japan
Year of Release:1980Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1980:78Rank Score:296
Rank in 1980s599Overall Rank:3,746
Average Rating:  74/100 (39 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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600.

Follow The LeaderUnited States Eric B. & Rakim
Year of Release:1988Appears in:35 charts
Rank in 1988:57Rank Score:296
Rank in 1980s600Overall Rank:3,750
Average Rating:  77/100 (41 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 114 11%
1982 96 10%
1983 92 9%
1984 100 10%
1985 89 9%
1986 106 11%
1987 91 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
U2 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
Eurythmics 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 408 41%
United States 399 40%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 24 2%
Norway 15 2%
Germany 15 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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