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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.
1980684165,180 Remain In Light (55th)
by Talking Heads
198174187,065 Moving Pictures (167th)
by Rush
1982768113,521 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
1983717101,152 Murmur (132nd)
by R.E.M.
1984764142,876 Purple Rain (117th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985715112,224 Rain Dogs (93rd)
by Tom Waits
1986803159,837 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987862158,098 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988893144,931 Daydream Nation (48th)
by Sonic Youth
1989929206,605 Doolittle (18th)
by Pixies
Total7,8761,391,489

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.

The Psychedelic FursUnited Kingdom The Psychedelic Furs
Year of Release:1980Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1980:77Rank Score:292
Rank in 1980s591Overall Rank:3,717
Average Rating: 74/100 (40 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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592.

Freaky StyleyUnited States Red Hot Chili Peppers
Year of Release:1985Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1985:49Rank Score:292
Rank in 1980s592Overall Rank:3,726
Average Rating: 62/100 (77 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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593.

Various PositionsCanada Leonard Cohen
Year of Release:1984Appears in:32 charts
Rank in 1984:60Rank Score:291
Rank in 1980s593Overall Rank:3,731
Average Rating: 73/100 (43 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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594.

Horse RotorvatorUnited Kingdom Coil
Year of Release:1986Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1986:52Rank Score:291
Rank in 1980s594Overall Rank:3,733
Average Rating: 75/100 (41 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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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:290
Rank in 1980s596Overall Rank:3,738
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:3,750
Average Rating: 68/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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598.

RaintownUnited Kingdom Deacon Blue
Year of Release:1987Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1987:57Rank Score:286
Rank in 1980s598Overall Rank:3,785
Average Rating: 70/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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599.

Half-MuteUnited States Tuxedomoon
Year of Release:1980Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1980:78Rank Score:286
Rank in 1980s599Overall Rank:3,787
Average Rating: 76/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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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:3,789
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 97 10%
1983 93 9%
1984 101 10%
1985 89 9%
1986 109 11%
1987 90 9%
1988 100 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
U2 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
Eurythmics 7 1%
Ramones 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 410 41%
United States 396 40%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 25 3%
Norway 15 2%
Germany 15 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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