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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 23,000 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.
19801,001206,743 Remain In Light (50th)
by Talking Heads
19811,087114,859 Moving Pictures (158th)
by Rush
19821,077145,222 Thriller (76th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,031132,715 Murmur (135th)
by R.E.M.
19841,070181,224 Purple Rain (108th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985986138,103 Rain Dogs (103rd)
by Tom Waits
19861,095199,632 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,191197,597 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,180180,964 Daydream Nation (54th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,220255,227 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total10,9381,752,285

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.

The RecordUnited States Fear
Year of Release:1982Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1982:59Rank Score:374
Rank in 1980s591Overall Rank:3,627
Average Rating:  75/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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592.

Past Masters - Volume Two
Compilation
United Kingdom The Beatles
Year of Release:1988Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1988:59Rank Score:373
Rank in 1980s592Overall Rank:3,632
Average Rating:  84/100 (251 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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593.

Shabooh ShoobahAustralia INXS
Year of Release:1982Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1982:60Rank Score:373
Rank in 1980s593Overall Rank:3,639
Average Rating:  75/100 (39 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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594.

So Far, So Good... So What!United States Megadeth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:30 charts
Rank in 1988:60Rank Score:372
Rank in 1980s594Overall Rank:3,640
Average Rating:  73/100 (75 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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595.

Upstairs At Eric'sUnited Kingdom Yazoo
Year of Release:1982Appears in:57 charts
Rank in 1982:61Rank Score:372
Rank in 1980s595Overall Rank:3,641
Average Rating:  72/100 (59 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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596.

Key Lime PieUnited States Camper Van Beethoven
Year of Release:1989Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1989:55Rank Score:372
Rank in 1980s596Overall Rank:3,646
Average Rating:  77/100 (38 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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597.

United States LiveUnited States Laurie Anderson
Year of Release:1984Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1984:61Rank Score:371
Rank in 1980s597Overall Rank:3,653
Average Rating:  75/100 (31 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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598.

Fourth World Volume Two: Dream Theory In MalayaUnited States Jon Hassell
Year of Release:1981Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1981:67Rank Score:370
Rank in 1980s598Overall Rank:3,668
Average Rating:  74/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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599.

Under The Big Black SunUnited States X
Year of Release:1982Appears in:30 charts
Rank in 1982:62Rank Score:369
Rank in 1980s599Overall Rank:3,675
Average Rating:  70/100 (39 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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600.

The MessageUnited States Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five
Year of Release:1982Appears in:45 charts
Rank in 1982:63Rank Score:368
Rank in 1980s600Overall Rank:3,679
Average Rating:  75/100 (56 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 110 11%
1981 123 12%
1982 96 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 95 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 104 10%
1987 95 10%
1988 96 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 417 42%
United States 390 39%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 29 3%
Germany 18 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Argentina 11 1%
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