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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 18,000 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.
1980735172,922 Remain In Light (55th)
by Talking Heads
198182192,299 Moving Pictures (171st)
by Rush
1982833119,112 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
1983791106,700 Murmur (132nd)
by R.E.M.
1984834151,188 Purple Rain (112th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985789117,575 Rain Dogs (91st)
by Tom Waits
1986894167,669 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987943165,826 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988966153,391 Daydream Nation (48th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,011214,109 Doolittle (18th)
by Pixies
Total8,6171,460,790

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.

ScumUnited Kingdom Napalm Death
Year of Release:1987Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1987:55Rank Score:308
Rank in 1980s591Overall Rank:3,723
Average Rating:  70/100 (26 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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592.

Red Roses For MeUnited Kingdom The Pogues
Year of Release:1984Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1984:60Rank Score:306
Rank in 1980s592Overall Rank:3,737
Average Rating:  70/100 (38 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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593.

Red MeccaUnited Kingdom Cabaret Voltaire
Year of Release:1981Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1981:70Rank Score:305
Rank in 1980s593Overall Rank:3,742
Average Rating:  74/100 (27 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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594.

Like A VirginUnited States Madonna
Year of Release:1984Appears in:53 charts
Rank in 1984:61Rank Score:305
Rank in 1980s594Overall Rank:3,744
Average Rating:  67/100 (91 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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595.

SimplementeMexico El Tri
Year of Release:1984Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1984:62Rank Score:305
Rank in 1980s595Overall Rank:3,746
Average Rating:  75/100 (3 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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596.

Born AgainUnited Kingdom Black Sabbath
Year of Release:1983Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1983:56Rank Score:305
Rank in 1980s596Overall Rank:3,747
Average Rating:  64/100 (37 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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597.

MirageUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1982Appears in:32 charts
Rank in 1982:59Rank Score:303
Rank in 1980s597Overall Rank:3,764
Average Rating:  68/100 (66 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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598.

FilthUnited States Swans
Year of Release:1983Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1983:57Rank Score:303
Rank in 1980s598Overall Rank:3,765
Average Rating:  73/100 (77 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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599.

Chronic TownUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1982Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1982:60Rank Score:303
Rank in 1980s599Overall Rank:3,766
Average Rating:  77/100 (79 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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600.

Pretenders IIUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1981Appears in:32 charts
Rank in 1981:71Rank Score:301
Rank in 1980s600Overall Rank:3,783
Average Rating:  73/100 (37 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 113 11%
1982 96 10%
1983 90 9%
1984 99 10%
1985 91 9%
1986 109 11%
1987 90 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 410 41%
United States 399 40%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 17 2%
Norway 14 1%
Ireland 13 1%
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