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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 20,000 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.
1980828189,355 Remain In Light (53rd)
by Talking Heads
1981949102,111 Moving Pictures (166th)
by Rush
1982920130,314 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
1983892118,458 Murmur (129th)
by R.E.M.
1984945166,096 Purple Rain (111th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985880127,987 Rain Dogs (99th)
by Tom Waits
1986986181,210 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,062179,172 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,082166,119 Daydream Nation (51st)
by Sonic Youth
19891,133233,677 Doolittle (18th)
by Pixies
Total9,6771,594,498

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.

Liberty Belle & the Black Diamond ExpressAustralia The Go-Betweens
Year of Release:1986Appears in:41 charts
Rank in 1986:58Rank Score:342
Rank in 1980s591Overall Rank:3,559
Average Rating:  76/100 (47 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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592.

What Does Anything Mean? BasicallyUnited Kingdom The Chameleons
Year of Release:1985Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1985:48Rank Score:341
Rank in 1980s592Overall Rank:3,570
Average Rating:  76/100 (40 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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593.

Группа крови [Gruppa Krovi]Russia Кино [Kino]
Year of Release:1988Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1988:58Rank Score:341
Rank in 1980s593Overall Rank:3,571
Average Rating:  74/100 (8 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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594.

Shot Of LoveUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1981Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1981:71Rank Score:340
Rank in 1980s594Overall Rank:3,572
Average Rating:  61/100 (74 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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595.

Empires And DanceUnited Kingdom Simple Minds
Year of Release:1980Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1980:78Rank Score:340
Rank in 1980s595Overall Rank:3,577
Average Rating:  72/100 (39 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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596.

In My TribeUnited States 10,000 Maniacs
Year of Release:1987Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1987:57Rank Score:339
Rank in 1980s596Overall Rank:3,583
Average Rating:  71/100 (66 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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597.

No ControlUnited States Bad Religion
Year of Release:1989Appears in:37 charts
Rank in 1989:51Rank Score:338
Rank in 1980s597Overall Rank:3,589
Average Rating:  75/100 (50 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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598.

TrashUnited States Alice Cooper
Year of Release:1989Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1989:52Rank Score:336
Rank in 1980s598Overall Rank:3,610
Average Rating:  74/100 (42 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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599.

Pretenders IIUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1981Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1981:72Rank Score:336
Rank in 1980s599Overall Rank:3,613
Average Rating:  74/100 (43 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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600.

Altars Of MadnessUnited States Morbid Angel
Year of Release:1989Appears in:27 charts
Rank in 1989:53Rank Score:336
Rank in 1980s600Overall Rank:3,615
Average Rating:  75/100 (43 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 115 12%
1981 118 12%
1982 92 9%
1983 96 10%
1984 95 10%
1985 91 9%
1986 109 11%
1987 92 9%
1988 93 9%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 414 41%
United States 395 40%
Australia 42 4%
Canada 23 2%
Germany 16 2%
Norway 14 1%
Ireland 14 1%
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