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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 24,000 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.
19801,039212,398 Remain In Light (51st)
by Talking Heads
19811,105118,165 Moving Pictures (154th)
by Rush
19821,100149,340 Thriller (75th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,062136,113 Murmur (138th)
by R.E.M.
19841,121187,340 Purple Rain (109th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,046143,833 Rain Dogs (105th)
by Tom Waits
19861,123206,380 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,225202,675 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,214184,939 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,267261,497 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total11,3021,802,683

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

Too Fast For LoveUnited States Mötley Crüe
Year of Release:1981Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1981:67Rank Score:386
Rank in 1980s591Overall Rank:3,601
Average Rating:  71/100 (56 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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592.

Steel WheelsUnited Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1989Appears in:60 charts
Rank in 1989:55Rank Score:384
Rank in 1980s592Overall Rank:3,615
Average Rating:  69/100 (148 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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593.

Key Lime PieUnited States Camper Van Beethoven
Year of Release:1989Appears in:37 charts
Rank in 1989:56Rank Score:381
Rank in 1980s593Overall Rank:3,637
Average Rating:  76/100 (41 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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594.

Born AgainUnited Kingdom Black Sabbath
Year of Release:1983Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1983:58Rank Score:378
Rank in 1980s594Overall Rank:3,654
Average Rating:  65/100 (54 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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595.

Flick Of The SwitchAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1983Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1983:59Rank Score:378
Rank in 1980s595Overall Rank:3,656
Average Rating:  60/100 (85 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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596.

Monarchie Und AlltagGermany Fehlfarben
Year of Release:1980Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1980:73Rank Score:378
Rank in 1980s596Overall Rank:3,659
Average Rating:  68/100 (36 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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597.

Welcome To The Beautiful SouthUnited Kingdom The Beautiful South
Year of Release:1989Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1989:57Rank Score:376
Rank in 1980s597Overall Rank:3,673
Average Rating:  76/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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598.

Nada PersonalArgentina Soda Stereo
Year of Release:1985Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1985:46Rank Score:375
Rank in 1980s598Overall Rank:3,676
Average Rating:  69/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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599.

BeatUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1982:60Rank Score:375
Rank in 1980s599Overall Rank:3,685
Average Rating:  72/100 (81 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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600.

So Far, So Good... So What!United States Megadeth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:30 charts
Rank in 1988:58Rank Score:374
Rank in 1980s600Overall Rank:3,687
Average Rating:  74/100 (78 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 108 11%
1981 124 12%
1982 94 9%
1983 95 10%
1984 97 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 104 10%
1987 93 9%
1988 97 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Eurythmics 7 1%
Siouxsie And The Banshees 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 411 41%
United States 398 40%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 17 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Mixed Nationality 11 1%
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