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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 26,000 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.
19801,113224,191 Remain In Light (51st)
by Talking Heads
19811,182124,881 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,165156,937 Thriller (74th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,135143,077 Murmur (138th)
by R.E.M.
19841,199197,548 Purple Rain (110th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,135151,135 Rain Dogs (105th)
by Tom Waits
19861,242217,854 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,327211,901 The Joshua Tree (33rd)
by U2
19881,306195,266 Daydream Nation (54th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,343273,863 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total12,1471,896,652

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

From Langley Park To MemphisUnited Kingdom Prefab Sprout
Year of Release:1988Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1988:58Rank Score:402
Rank in 1980s591Overall Rank:3,650
Average Rating:  73/100 (41 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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592.

BummedUnited Kingdom Happy Mondays
Year of Release:1988Appears in:57 charts
Rank in 1988:59Rank Score:402
Rank in 1980s592Overall Rank:3,653
Average Rating:  76/100 (64 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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593.

Group SexUnited States Circle Jerks
Year of Release:1980Appears in:33 charts
Rank in 1980:72Rank Score:401
Rank in 1980s593Overall Rank:3,661
Average Rating:  70/100 (53 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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594.

Robbie RobertsonCanada Robbie Robertson
Year of Release:1987Appears in:40 charts
Rank in 1987:58Rank Score:400
Rank in 1980s594Overall Rank:3,662
Average Rating:  73/100 (61 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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595.

Upstairs At Eric'sUnited Kingdom Yazoo
Year of Release:1982Appears in:60 charts
Rank in 1982:59Rank Score:400
Rank in 1980s595Overall Rank:3,667
Average Rating:  73/100 (72 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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596.

Ali Farka Toure (Ten Songs From The Legendary Singer From Mali)Mali Ali Farka TourĂ©
Year of Release:1988Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1988:60Rank Score:399
Rank in 1980s596Overall Rank:3,673
Average Rating:  80/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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597.

The Psychedelic FursUnited Kingdom The Psychedelic Furs
Year of Release:1980Appears in:40 charts
Rank in 1980:73Rank Score:398
Rank in 1980s597Overall Rank:3,685
Average Rating:  76/100 (69 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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597.

Shabooh ShoobahAustralia INXS
Year of Release:1982Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1982:60Rank Score:398
Rank in 1980s597Overall Rank:3,685
Average Rating:  74/100 (44 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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599.

Empires And DanceUnited Kingdom Simple Minds
Year of Release:1980Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1980:74Rank Score:398
Rank in 1980s599Overall Rank:3,689
Average Rating:  72/100 (49 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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600.

Marshall CrenshawUnited States Marshall Crenshaw
Year of Release:1982Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1982:61Rank Score:397
Rank in 1980s600Overall Rank:3,691
Average Rating:  73/100 (56 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 120 12%
1982 100 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 98 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 103 10%
1987 92 9%
1988 96 10%
1989 97 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 418 42%
United States 396 40%
Australia 44 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 19 2%
Ireland 13 1%
Argentina 11 1%
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