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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 17,000 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.
1980695166,747 Remain In Light (56th)
by Talking Heads
198175388,319 Moving Pictures (170th)
by Rush
1982784114,224 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
1983738103,136 Murmur (133rd)
by R.E.M.
1984784144,396 Purple Rain (117th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985740113,174 Rain Dogs (94th)
by Tom Waits
1986833162,682 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987893160,168 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988921147,331 Daydream Nation (48th)
by Sonic Youth
1989954208,072 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total8,0951,408,249

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.

Building The Perfect BeastUnited States Don Henley
Year of Release:1984Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1984:60Rank Score:297
Rank in 1980s591Overall Rank:3,714
Average Rating:  68/100 (52 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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592.

Dead Can DanceAustralia Dead Can Dance
Year of Release:1984Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1984:61Rank Score:297
Rank in 1980s592Overall Rank:3,716
Average Rating:  72/100 (26 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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593.

The NephilimUnited Kingdom Fields Of The Nephilim
Year of Release:1988Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1988:57Rank Score:297
Rank in 1980s593Overall Rank:3,719
Average Rating:  72/100 (23 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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594.

Gentlemen Take PolaroidsUnited Kingdom Japan
Year of Release:1980Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1980:77Rank Score:296
Rank in 1980s594Overall Rank:3,720
Average Rating:  74/100 (39 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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595.

Fourth World Volume Two: Dream Theory In MalayaUnited States Jon Hassell
Year of Release:1981Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1981:71Rank Score:296
Rank in 1980s595Overall Rank:3,723
Average Rating:  72/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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596.

LCUnited Kingdom The Durutti Column
Year of Release:1981Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1981:72Rank Score:295
Rank in 1980s596Overall Rank:3,737
Average Rating:  71/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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597.

Born AgainUnited Kingdom Black Sabbath
Year of Release:1983Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1983:57Rank Score:294
Rank in 1980s597Overall Rank:3,740
Average Rating:  63/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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598.

MainstreamUnited Kingdom Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
Year of Release:1987Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1987:56Rank Score:293
Rank in 1980s598Overall Rank:3,755
Average Rating:  77/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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599.

Follow The LeaderUnited States Eric B. & Rakim
Year of Release:1988Appears in:33 charts
Rank in 1988:58Rank Score:292
Rank in 1980s599Overall Rank:3,764
Average Rating:  77/100 (38 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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600.

Les MisérablesUnited Kingdom The Original London Cast
Year of Release:1985Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1985:50Rank Score:290
Rank in 1980s600Overall Rank:3,775
Average Rating:  73/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 113 11%
1981 112 11%
1982 97 10%
1983 93 9%
1984 99 10%
1985 89 9%
1986 107 11%
1987 90 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 410 41%
United States 397 40%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 25 3%
Norway 15 2%
Germany 15 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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