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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.
1980675160,635 Remain In Light (59th)
by Talking Heads
198172885,237 Moving Pictures (163rd)
by Rush
1982745110,846 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
198370198,481 Murmur (132nd)
by R.E.M.
1984745139,819 Purple Rain (116th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985697108,642 Rain Dogs (99th)
by Tom Waits
1986774155,565 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987838154,616 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988863141,149 Daydream Nation (47th)
by Sonic Youth
1989904200,981 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total7,6701,355,971

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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591.

How Will The Wolf Survive?United States Los Lobos
Year of Release:1984Appears in:27 charts
Rank in 1984:63Rank Score:281
Rank in 1980s591Overall Rank:3,753
Average Rating: 74/100 (38 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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592.

Nobody's HeroesUnited Kingdom Stiff Little Fingers
Year of Release:1980Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1980:76Rank Score:280
Rank in 1980s592Overall Rank:3,759
Average Rating: 73/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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593.

No One Can Do It BetterUnited States The D.O.C.
Year of Release:1989Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1989:56Rank Score:280
Rank in 1980s593Overall Rank:3,760
Average Rating: 76/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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594.

CenterfieldUnited States John Fogerty
Year of Release:1985Appears in:30 charts
Rank in 1985:49Rank Score:278
Rank in 1980s594Overall Rank:3,777
Average Rating: 73/100 (43 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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595.

The NephilimUnited Kingdom Fields Of The Nephilim
Year of Release:1988Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1988:60Rank Score:278
Rank in 1980s595Overall Rank:3,778
Average Rating: 72/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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596.

UnmaskedUnited States Kiss
Year of Release:1980Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1980:77Rank Score:277
Rank in 1980s596Overall Rank:3,787
Average Rating: 70/100 (26 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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597.

Fire Down UnderUnited States Riot
Year of Release:1981Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1981:71Rank Score:277
Rank in 1980s597Overall Rank:3,789
Average Rating: 69/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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598.

AlbumUnited Kingdom Public Image Ltd.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1986:54Rank Score:277
Rank in 1980s598Overall Rank:3,793
Average Rating: 74/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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599.

MainstreamUnited Kingdom Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
Year of Release:1987Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1987:56Rank Score:276
Rank in 1980s599Overall Rank:3,802
Average Rating: 77/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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600.

Too Tough To DieUnited States Ramones
Year of Release:1984Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1984:64Rank Score:275
Rank in 1980s600Overall Rank:3,808
Average Rating: 69/100 (23 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 111 11%
1982 96 10%
1983 94 9%
1984 100 10%
1985 89 9%
1986 106 11%
1987 92 9%
1988 103 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 9 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
U2 7 1%
Depeche Mode 7 1%
Ramones 7 1%
Siouxsie & The Banshees 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 410 41%
United States 399 40%
Australia 42 4%
Canada 26 3%
Norway 15 2%
Germany 15 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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