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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 15,000 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.
1980654158,321 Remain In Light (59th)
by Talking Heads
198170483,766 Moving Pictures (153rd)
by Rush
1982720109,432 Thriller (71st)
by Michael Jackson
198366896,322 Murmur (132nd)
by R.E.M.
1984708137,659 Purple Rain (115th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985647106,182 Rain Dogs (100th)
by Tom Waits
1986731152,101 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987791152,325 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988827138,575 Daydream Nation (47th)
by Sonic Youth
1989867196,596 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total7,3171,331,278

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

Les MisérablesUnited Kingdom The Original London Cast
Year of Release:1985Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1985:51Rank Score:272
Rank in 1980s591Overall Rank:3,743
Average Rating: 72/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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592.

Burning From The InsideUnited Kingdom Bauhaus
Year of Release:1983Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1983:56Rank Score:272
Rank in 1980s592Overall Rank:3,750
Average Rating: 75/100 (39 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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593.

CenterfieldUnited States John Fogerty
Year of Release:1985Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1985:52Rank Score:271
Rank in 1980s593Overall Rank:3,753
Average Rating: 73/100 (42 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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594.

No One Can Do It BetterUnited States The D.O.C.
Year of Release:1989Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1989:55Rank Score:271
Rank in 1980s594Overall Rank:3,760
Average Rating: 75/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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595.

EdenUnited Kingdom Everything But The Girl
Year of Release:1984Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1984:61Rank Score:270
Rank in 1980s595Overall Rank:3,764
Average Rating: 73/100 (22 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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596.

Black MetalUnited Kingdom Venom
Year of Release:1982Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1982:59Rank Score:270
Rank in 1980s596Overall Rank:3,765
Average Rating: 66/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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597.

Minor ThreatUnited States Minor Threat
Year of Release:1984Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1984:62Rank Score:270
Rank in 1980s597Overall Rank:3,767
Average Rating: 73/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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598.

To Hell With The DevilUnited States Stryper
Year of Release:1986Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1986:55Rank Score:270
Rank in 1980s598Overall Rank:3,772
Average Rating: 69/100 (26 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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599.

The Psychedelic FursUnited Kingdom The Psychedelic Furs
Year of Release:1980Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1980:75Rank Score:269
Rank in 1980s599Overall Rank:3,778
Average Rating: 72/100 (36 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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600.

Radio K.A.O.S.United Kingdom Roger Waters
Year of Release:1987Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1987:57Rank Score:269
Rank in 1980s600Overall Rank:3,780
Average Rating: 69/100 (50 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 110 11%
1981 114 11%
1982 97 10%
1983 93 9%
1984 101 10%
1985 89 9%
1986 100 10%
1987 91 9%
1988 105 11%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 9 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
U2 7 1%
Depeche Mode 7 1%
Eurythmics 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 410 41%
United States 397 40%
Australia 42 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 15 2%
Norway 15 2%
Ireland 12 1%
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