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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 16,000 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.
1980677162,290 Remain In Light (59th)
by Talking Heads
198173585,793 Moving Pictures (164th)
by Rush
1982757111,518 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
198371099,441 Murmur (131st)
by R.E.M.
1984751140,619 Purple Rain (117th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985705109,550 Rain Dogs (96th)
by Tom Waits
1986789156,624 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987844155,360 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988876142,501 Daydream Nation (47th)
by Sonic Youth
1989917202,925 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total7,7611,366,622

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.

No One Can Do It BetterUnited States The D.O.C.
Year of Release:1989Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1989:56Rank Score:282
Rank in 1980s591Overall Rank:3,756
Average Rating: 75/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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592.

How Will The Wolf Survive?United States Los Lobos
Year of Release:1984Appears in:27 charts
Rank in 1984:62Rank Score:281
Rank in 1980s592Overall Rank:3,758
Average Rating: 73/100 (40 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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593.

The Good EarthUnited States The Feelies
Year of Release:1986Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1986:54Rank Score:281
Rank in 1980s593Overall Rank:3,759
Average Rating: 72/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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594.

CenterfieldUnited States John Fogerty
Year of Release:1985Appears in:32 charts
Rank in 1985:48Rank Score:281
Rank in 1980s594Overall Rank:3,760
Average Rating: 72/100 (46 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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595.

Nobody's HeroesUnited Kingdom Stiff Little Fingers
Year of Release:1980Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1980:76Rank Score:280
Rank in 1980s595Overall Rank:3,766
Average Rating: 72/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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596.

The NephilimUnited Kingdom Fields Of The Nephilim
Year of Release:1988Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1988:60Rank Score:278
Rank in 1980s596Overall Rank:3,790
Average Rating: 72/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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597.

UnmaskedUnited States Kiss
Year of Release:1980Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1980:77Rank Score:277
Rank in 1980s597Overall Rank:3,803
Average Rating: 69/100 (27 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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598.

AlbumUnited Kingdom Public Image Ltd.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1986:55Rank Score:277
Rank in 1980s598Overall Rank:3,808
Average Rating: 75/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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598.

ArgybargyUnited Kingdom Squeeze
Year of Release:1980Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1980:78Rank Score:277
Rank in 1980s598Overall Rank:3,808
Average Rating: 72/100 (42 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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600.

MainstreamUnited Kingdom Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
Year of Release:1987Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1987:56Rank Score:276
Rank in 1980s600Overall Rank:3,818
Average Rating: 77/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 110 11%
1982 96 10%
1983 93 9%
1984 101 10%
1985 89 9%
1986 109 11%
1987 91 9%
1988 101 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 9 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
Rush 7 1%
Siouxsie & The Banshees 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 408 41%
United States 399 40%
Australia 42 4%
Canada 26 3%
Norway 16 2%
Germany 15 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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