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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 23,000 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.
19801,010209,654 Remain In Light (49th)
by Talking Heads
19811,090116,290 Moving Pictures (156th)
by Rush
19821,083147,187 Thriller (75th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,039133,824 Murmur (137th)
by R.E.M.
19841,085184,405 Purple Rain (107th)
by Prince And The Revolution
1985991139,729 Rain Dogs (104th)
by Tom Waits
19861,101201,963 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,205198,870 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,191181,956 Daydream Nation (55th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,241258,203 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total11,0361,772,082

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.

Nada PersonalArgentina Soda Stereo
Year of Release:1985Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1985:47Rank Score:376
Rank in 1980s591Overall Rank:3,637
Average Rating:  68/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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592.

Flesh And BloodUnited Kingdom Roxy Music
Year of Release:1980Appears in:40 charts
Rank in 1980:72Rank Score:375
Rank in 1980s592Overall Rank:3,643
Average Rating:  74/100 (82 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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593.

Candy Apple GreyUnited States Hüsker Dü
Year of Release:1986Appears in:50 charts
Rank in 1986:59Rank Score:375
Rank in 1980s593Overall Rank:3,646
Average Rating:  78/100 (74 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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594.

The RecordUnited States Fear
Year of Release:1982Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1982:60Rank Score:374
Rank in 1980s594Overall Rank:3,657
Average Rating:  75/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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595.

So Far, So Good... So What!United States Megadeth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1988:58Rank Score:372
Rank in 1980s595Overall Rank:3,663
Average Rating:  74/100 (77 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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596.

Shabooh ShoobahAustralia INXS
Year of Release:1982Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1982:61Rank Score:372
Rank in 1980s596Overall Rank:3,664
Average Rating:  75/100 (39 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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597.

Upstairs At Eric'sUnited Kingdom Yazoo
Year of Release:1982Appears in:57 charts
Rank in 1982:62Rank Score:372
Rank in 1980s597Overall Rank:3,667
Average Rating:  73/100 (63 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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598.

Under The Big Black SunUnited States X
Year of Release:1982Appears in:30 charts
Rank in 1982:63Rank Score:371
Rank in 1980s598Overall Rank:3,673
Average Rating:  70/100 (40 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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599.

United States LiveUnited States Laurie Anderson
Year of Release:1984Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1984:61Rank Score:370
Rank in 1980s599Overall Rank:3,674
Average Rating:  75/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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600.

Indigo GirlsUnited States Indigo Girls
Year of Release:1989Appears in:42 charts
Rank in 1989:56Rank Score:369
Rank in 1980s600Overall Rank:3,682
Average Rating:  72/100 (44 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 110 11%
1981 123 12%
1982 96 10%
1983 97 10%
1984 96 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 105 11%
1987 94 9%
1988 96 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 416 42%
United States 393 39%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 18 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Argentina 11 1%
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