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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 15,000 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.
1980657158,443 Remain In Light (59th)
by Talking Heads
198170783,819 Moving Pictures (153rd)
by Rush
1982724109,867 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
198367696,524 Murmur (132nd)
by R.E.M.
1984712138,324 Purple Rain (115th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985661106,939 Rain Dogs (98th)
by Tom Waits
1986743153,000 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987795152,759 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988829138,864 Daydream Nation (47th)
by Sonic Youth
1989868197,765 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total7,3721,336,303

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, U2, The Cure, The Stone Roses, Metallica, Sonic Youth, Talking Heads, R.E.M. and Guns N' Roses.
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591.

Under The Sign Of The Black MarkSweden Bathory
Year of Release:1987Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1987:56Rank Score:274
Rank in 1980s591Overall Rank:3,739
Average Rating: 73/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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592.

Pleasant DreamsUnited States Ramones
Year of Release:1981Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1981:70Rank Score:273
Rank in 1980s592Overall Rank:3,742
Average Rating: 70/100 (31 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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593.

Divididos Por La FelicidadArgentina Sumo
Year of Release:1985Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1985:50Rank Score:273
Rank in 1980s593Overall Rank:3,753
Average Rating: 73/100 (19 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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594.

Les MisérablesUnited Kingdom The Original London Cast
Year of Release:1985Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1985:51Rank Score:272
Rank in 1980s594Overall Rank:3,755
Average Rating: 72/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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595.

CenterfieldUnited States John Fogerty
Year of Release:1985Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1985:52Rank Score:271
Rank in 1980s595Overall Rank:3,763
Average Rating: 73/100 (42 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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596.

No One Can Do It BetterUnited States The D.O.C.
Year of Release:1989Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1989:55Rank Score:270
Rank in 1980s596Overall Rank:3,774
Average Rating: 76/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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597.

EdenUnited Kingdom Everything But The Girl
Year of Release:1984Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1984:62Rank Score:270
Rank in 1980s597Overall Rank:3,777
Average Rating: 73/100 (22 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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598.

Minor ThreatUnited States Minor Threat
Year of Release:1984Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1984:63Rank Score:270
Rank in 1980s598Overall Rank:3,778
Average Rating: 74/100 (21 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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599.

Perverted By LanguageUnited Kingdom The Fall
Year of Release:1983Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1983:57Rank Score:270
Rank in 1980s599Overall Rank:3,779
Average Rating: 70/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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600.

Black MetalUnited Kingdom Venom
Year of Release:1982Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1982:59Rank Score:270
Rank in 1980s600Overall Rank:3,780
Average Rating: 66/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 110 11%
1981 114 11%
1982 97 10%
1983 93 9%
1984 101 10%
1985 89 9%
1986 100 10%
1987 91 9%
1988 105 11%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 9 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
U2 7 1%
Depeche Mode 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 410 41%
United States 397 40%
Australia 42 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 15 2%
Norway 15 2%
Ireland 12 1%
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