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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.
1980672160,918 Remain In Light (59th)
by Talking Heads
198172485,068 Moving Pictures (164th)
by Rush
1982742111,111 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
198369698,275 Murmur (135th)
by R.E.M.
1984738140,046 Purple Rain (116th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985677108,267 Rain Dogs (98th)
by Tom Waits
1986765155,719 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987826154,192 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
1988855141,209 Daydream Nation (47th)
by Sonic Youth
1989900200,525 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total7,5951,355,331

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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591.

Nobody's HeroesUnited Kingdom Stiff Little Fingers
Year of Release:1980Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1980:76Rank Score:280
Rank in 1980s591Overall Rank:3,755
Average Rating: 73/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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592.

No One Can Do It BetterUnited States The D.O.C.
Year of Release:1989Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1989:56Rank Score:280
Rank in 1980s592Overall Rank:3,756
Average Rating: 76/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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593.

AutoamericanUnited States Blondie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:30 charts
Rank in 1980:77Rank Score:279
Rank in 1980s593Overall Rank:3,760
Average Rating: 70/100 (47 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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594.

The NephilimUnited Kingdom Fields Of The Nephilim
Year of Release:1988Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1988:61Rank Score:278
Rank in 1980s594Overall Rank:3,776
Average Rating: 72/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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595.

UnmaskedUnited States Kiss
Year of Release:1980Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1980:78Rank Score:277
Rank in 1980s595Overall Rank:3,786
Average Rating: 70/100 (26 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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596.

Fire Down UnderUnited States Riot
Year of Release:1981Appears in:5 charts
Rank in 1981:69Rank Score:277
Rank in 1980s596Overall Rank:3,789
Average Rating: 69/100 (15 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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597.

The Good EarthUnited States The Feelies
Year of Release:1986Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1986:53Rank Score:277
Rank in 1980s597Overall Rank:3,790
Average Rating: 72/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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598.

Too Tough To DieUnited States Ramones
Year of Release:1984Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1984:64Rank Score:275
Rank in 1980s598Overall Rank:3,806
Average Rating: 69/100 (23 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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599.

Too Low For ZeroUnited Kingdom Elton John
Year of Release:1983Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1983:56Rank Score:275
Rank in 1980s599Overall Rank:3,810
Average Rating: 67/100 (42 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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600.

The Way It IsUnited States Bruce Hornsby And The Range
Year of Release:1986Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1986:54Rank Score:274
Rank in 1980s600Overall Rank:3,813
Average Rating: 68/100 (31 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 111 11%
1982 96 10%
1983 94 9%
1984 100 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 105 11%
1987 93 9%
1988 103 10%
1989 99 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%
Ramones 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 411 41%
United States 399 40%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 26 3%
Germany 15 2%
Norway 15 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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