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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 16,000 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.
1980684165,664 Remain In Light (55th)
by Talking Heads
198174387,453 Moving Pictures (166th)
by Rush
1982770113,808 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
1983719101,841 Murmur (132nd)
by R.E.M.
1984765143,325 Purple Rain (117th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985716112,935 Rain Dogs (93rd)
by Tom Waits
1986804160,645 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987863158,343 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988896145,612 Daydream Nation (49th)
by Sonic Youth
1989932206,771 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total7,8921,396,396

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.

Born AgainUnited Kingdom Black Sabbath
Year of Release:1983Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1983:56Rank Score:294
Rank in 1980s591Overall Rank:3,699
Average Rating: 64/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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592.

MainstreamUnited Kingdom Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
Year of Release:1987Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1987:56Rank Score:294
Rank in 1980s592Overall Rank:3,701
Average Rating: 77/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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593.

LCUnited Kingdom The Durutti Column
Year of Release:1981Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1981:73Rank Score:293
Rank in 1980s593Overall Rank:3,713
Average Rating: 71/100 (31 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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594.

Freaky StyleyUnited States Red Hot Chili Peppers
Year of Release:1985Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1985:49Rank Score:292
Rank in 1980s594Overall Rank:3,727
Average Rating: 62/100 (77 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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595.

Strong PersuaderUnited States Robert Cray
Year of Release:1986Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1986:53Rank Score:291
Rank in 1980s595Overall Rank:3,735
Average Rating: 71/100 (41 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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596.

Ice Cream For CrowUnited States Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band
Year of Release:1982Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1982:60Rank Score:291
Rank in 1980s596Overall Rank:3,739
Average Rating: 72/100 (37 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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597.

The Last Of The True BelieversUnited States Nanci Griffith
Year of Release:1986Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1986:54Rank Score:290
Rank in 1980s597Overall Rank:3,753
Average Rating: 68/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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598.

Nocny PatrolPoland Maanam
Year of Release:1983Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1983:57Rank Score:287
Rank in 1980s598Overall Rank:3,775
Average Rating: 73/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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599.

RaintownUnited Kingdom Deacon Blue
Year of Release:1987Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1987:57Rank Score:286
Rank in 1980s599Overall Rank:3,784
Average Rating: 70/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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600.

E2-E4Germany Manuel Göttsching
Year of Release:1984Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1984:61Rank Score:286
Rank in 1980s600Overall Rank:3,787
Average Rating: 73/100 (23 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 112 11%
1982 98 10%
1983 93 9%
1984 100 10%
1985 89 9%
1986 108 11%
1987 90 9%
1988 101 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Ramones 7 1%
Rush 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
Depeche Mode 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 410 41%
United States 395 40%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 26 3%
Germany 15 2%
Norway 15 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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