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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.
1980825188,269 Remain In Light (52nd)
by Talking Heads
1981940100,856 Moving Pictures (168th)
by Rush
1982915129,365 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
1983890116,848 Murmur (132nd)
by R.E.M.
1984938164,046 Purple Rain (110th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985875126,669 Rain Dogs (99th)
by Tom Waits
1986983179,707 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,059177,869 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,080164,508 Daydream Nation (49th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,128231,725 Doolittle (18th)
by Pixies
Total9,6331,579,861

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.

UnmaskedUnited States Kiss
Year of Release:1980Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1980:74Rank Score:344
Rank in 1980s591Overall Rank:3,540
Average Rating:  68/100 (36 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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592.

Liberty Belle & the Black Diamond ExpressAustralia The Go-Betweens
Year of Release:1986Appears in:40 charts
Rank in 1986:57Rank Score:341
Rank in 1980s592Overall Rank:3,557
Average Rating:  76/100 (47 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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593.

SynthesistGermany Harald Grosskopf
Year of Release:1980Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1980:75Rank Score:341
Rank in 1980s593Overall Rank:3,560
Average Rating:  77/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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594.

Shot Of LoveUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1981Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1981:70Rank Score:340
Rank in 1980s594Overall Rank:3,563
Average Rating:  61/100 (73 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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595.

Empires And DanceUnited Kingdom Simple Minds
Year of Release:1980Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1980:76Rank Score:340
Rank in 1980s595Overall Rank:3,566
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:38 charts
Rank in 1987:55Rank Score:339
Rank in 1980s596Overall Rank:3,567
Average Rating:  71/100 (66 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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597.

ScumUnited Kingdom Napalm Death
Year of Release:1987Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1987:56Rank Score:338
Rank in 1980s597Overall Rank:3,579
Average Rating:  69/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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598.

KilimanjaroUnited Kingdom The Teardrop Explodes
Year of Release:1980Appears in:44 charts
Rank in 1980:77Rank Score:336
Rank in 1980s598Overall Rank:3,601
Average Rating:  74/100 (54 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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599.

Pretenders IIUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1981Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1981:71Rank Score:336
Rank in 1980s599Overall Rank:3,608
Average Rating:  74/100 (43 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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600.

What Does Anything Mean? BasicallyUnited Kingdom The Chameleons
Year of Release:1985Appears in:38 charts
Rank in 1985:49Rank Score:335
Rank in 1980s600Overall Rank:3,611
Average Rating:  76/100 (39 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 115 12%
1981 118 12%
1982 92 9%
1983 92 9%
1984 97 10%
1985 90 9%
1986 110 11%
1987 92 9%
1988 94 9%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
U2 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 413 41%
United States 397 40%
Australia 43 4%
Canada 23 2%
Germany 16 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Norway 14 1%
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