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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 19,000 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.
1980775182,563 Remain In Light (55th)
by Talking Heads
198188197,979 Moving Pictures (168th)
by Rush
1982865126,580 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
1983842113,257 Murmur (128th)
by R.E.M.
1984891159,263 Purple Rain (115th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985833122,964 Rain Dogs (98th)
by Tom Waits
1986945175,475 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,007173,920 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,020160,324 Daydream Nation (50th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,087227,609 Doolittle (18th)
by Pixies
Total9,1461,539,934

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 House Of LoveUnited Kingdom The House Of Love
Year of Release:1988Appears in:50 charts
Rank in 1988:57Rank Score:332
Rank in 1980s591Overall Rank:3,578
Average Rating:  74/100 (52 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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592.

Altars Of MadnessUnited States Morbid Angel
Year of Release:1989Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1989:54Rank Score:331
Rank in 1980s592Overall Rank:3,585
Average Rating:  74/100 (38 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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593.

Listen Like ThievesAustralia INXS
Year of Release:1985Appears in:38 charts
Rank in 1985:49Rank Score:330
Rank in 1980s593Overall Rank:3,599
Average Rating:  72/100 (62 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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594.

Red MeccaUnited Kingdom Cabaret Voltaire
Year of Release:1981Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1981:72Rank Score:329
Rank in 1980s594Overall Rank:3,607
Average Rating:  75/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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595.

The NephilimUnited Kingdom Fields Of The Nephilim
Year of Release:1988Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1988:58Rank Score:328
Rank in 1980s595Overall Rank:3,620
Average Rating:  72/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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596.

God's Own MedicineUnited Kingdom The Mission
Year of Release:1986Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1986:56Rank Score:328
Rank in 1980s596Overall Rank:3,622
Average Rating:  70/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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597.

Under The Big Black SunUnited States X
Year of Release:1982Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1982:60Rank Score:328
Rank in 1980s597Overall Rank:3,624
Average Rating:  70/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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598.

Give The People What They WantUnited Kingdom The Kinks
Year of Release:1981Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1981:73Rank Score:327
Rank in 1980s598Overall Rank:3,632
Average Rating:  70/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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599.

Building The Perfect BeastUnited States Don Henley
Year of Release:1984Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1984:61Rank Score:326
Rank in 1980s599Overall Rank:3,639
Average Rating:  68/100 (55 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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600.

Night SongsUnited States Cinderella
Year of Release:1986Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1986:57Rank Score:326
Rank in 1980s600Overall Rank:3,641
Average Rating:  70/100 (33 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 118 12%
1982 94 9%
1983 93 9%
1984 95 10%
1985 92 9%
1986 110 11%
1987 89 9%
1988 96 10%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 414 41%
United States 394 39%
Australia 43 4%
Canada 22 2%
Germany 17 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Norway 14 1%
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