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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 26,000 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.
19801,125226,499 Remain In Light (50th)
by Talking Heads
19811,194126,002 Moving Pictures (153rd)
by Rush
19821,171158,975 Thriller (75th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,143143,999 Murmur (139th)
by R.E.M.
19841,204198,741 Purple Rain (108th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,154152,707 Rain Dogs (104th)
by Tom Waits
19861,269219,312 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,376213,464 The Joshua Tree (34th)
by U2
19881,324197,137 Daydream Nation (55th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,359276,977 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total12,3191,913,813

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

Ta Ein Kjangs!Norway Stavangerensemblet
Year of Release:1980Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1980:72Rank Score:408
Rank in 1980s591Overall Rank:3,617
Average Rating:  67/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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592.

Different Trains (Kronos Quartet); Electric Counterpoint (Pat Metheny)United States Steve Reich
Year of Release:1989Appears in:27 charts
Rank in 1989:56Rank Score:407
Rank in 1980s592Overall Rank:3,621
Average Rating:  80/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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593.

LCUnited Kingdom The Durutti Column
Year of Release:1981Appears in:43 charts
Rank in 1981:70Rank Score:407
Rank in 1980s593Overall Rank:3,625
Average Rating:  72/100 (46 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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594.

What Does Anything Mean? BasicallyUnited Kingdom The Chameleons
Year of Release:1985Appears in:43 charts
Rank in 1985:45Rank Score:404
Rank in 1980s594Overall Rank:3,641
Average Rating:  76/100 (55 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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595.

The Uplift Mofo Party PlanUnited States Red Hot Chili Peppers
Year of Release:1987Appears in:50 charts
Rank in 1987:60Rank Score:404
Rank in 1980s595Overall Rank:3,642
Average Rating:  68/100 (130 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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596.

SufferUnited States Bad Religion
Year of Release:1988Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1988:59Rank Score:404
Rank in 1980s596Overall Rank:3,646
Average Rating:  74/100 (59 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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597.

Empires And DanceUnited Kingdom Simple Minds
Year of Release:1980Appears in:30 charts
Rank in 1980:73Rank Score:404
Rank in 1980s597Overall Rank:3,649
Average Rating:  72/100 (49 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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598.

SimplementeMexico El Tri
Year of Release:1984Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1984:63Rank Score:402
Rank in 1980s598Overall Rank:3,664
Average Rating:  71/100 (3 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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599.

The Wild HeartUnited States Stevie Nicks
Year of Release:1983Appears in:30 charts
Rank in 1983:55Rank Score:402
Rank in 1980s599Overall Rank:3,665
Average Rating:  75/100 (46 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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600.

Group SexUnited States Circle Jerks
Year of Release:1980Appears in:33 charts
Rank in 1980:74Rank Score:402
Rank in 1980s600Overall Rank:3,669
Average Rating:  70/100 (53 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 113 11%
1981 119 12%
1982 98 10%
1983 99 10%
1984 96 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 103 10%
1987 91 9%
1988 97 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 418 42%
United States 394 39%
Australia 43 4%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 13 1%
Argentina 11 1%
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