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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 19,000 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.
1980802185,632 Remain In Light (52nd)
by Talking Heads
198191499,302 Moving Pictures (166th)
by Rush
1982895127,808 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
1983866115,145 Murmur (129th)
by R.E.M.
1984919161,575 Purple Rain (112th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985854125,314 Rain Dogs (96th)
by Tom Waits
1986963178,254 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,028176,429 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,040162,567 Daydream Nation (49th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,107229,446 Doolittle (18th)
by Pixies
Total9,3881,561,472

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.

Wild PlanetUnited States The B-52's
Year of Release:1980Appears in:37 charts
Rank in 1980:76Rank Score:336
Rank in 1980s591Overall Rank:3,577
Average Rating:  75/100 (53 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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592.

Pretenders IIUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1981Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1981:71Rank Score:336
Rank in 1980s592Overall Rank:3,578
Average Rating:  73/100 (42 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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593.

SynthesistGermany Harald Grosskopf
Year of Release:1980Appears in:35 charts
Rank in 1980:77Rank Score:336
Rank in 1980s593Overall Rank:3,580
Average Rating:  76/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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594.

Altars Of MadnessUnited States Morbid Angel
Year of Release:1989Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1989:54Rank Score:336
Rank in 1980s594Overall Rank:3,583
Average Rating:  75/100 (39 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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595.

The GiftUnited Kingdom The Jam
Year of Release:1982Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1982:59Rank Score:335
Rank in 1980s595Overall Rank:3,588
Average Rating:  72/100 (61 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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596.

Descanso DominicalSpain Mecano
Year of Release:1988Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1988:59Rank Score:334
Rank in 1980s596Overall Rank:3,600
Average Rating:  72/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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597.

The House Of LoveUnited Kingdom The House Of Love
Year of Release:1988Appears in:49 charts
Rank in 1988:60Rank Score:332
Rank in 1980s597Overall Rank:3,609
Average Rating:  74/100 (53 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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598.

Listen Like ThievesAustralia INXS
Year of Release:1985Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1985:49Rank Score:332
Rank in 1980s598Overall Rank:3,613
Average Rating:  73/100 (63 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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599.

SulkUnited Kingdom Associates
Year of Release:1982Appears in:27 charts
Rank in 1982:60Rank Score:332
Rank in 1980s599Overall Rank:3,614
Average Rating:  71/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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600.

Thursday AfternoonUnited Kingdom Brian Eno
Year of Release:1985Appears in:41 charts
Rank in 1985:50Rank Score:328
Rank in 1980s600Overall Rank:3,641
Average Rating:  73/100 (39 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 113 11%
1981 117 12%
1982 95 10%
1983 92 9%
1984 96 10%
1985 91 9%
1986 111 11%
1987 91 9%
1988 94 9%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
U2 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
Siouxsie & The Banshees 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 414 41%
United States 397 40%
Australia 42 4%
Canada 22 2%
Germany 16 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Norway 14 1%
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