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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 24,000 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.
19801,055214,026 Remain In Light (49th)
by Talking Heads
19811,121118,771 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,116151,050 Thriller (75th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,077137,111 Murmur (137th)
by R.E.M.
19841,143188,726 Purple Rain (109th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,061145,184 Rain Dogs (105th)
by Tom Waits
19861,133208,553 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,237204,034 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,232187,129 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,286263,917 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total11,4611,818,500

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

The Psychedelic FursUnited Kingdom The Psychedelic Furs
Year of Release:1980Appears in:38 charts
Rank in 1980:72Rank Score:390
Rank in 1980s591Overall Rank:3,604
Average Rating:  76/100 (66 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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592.

Robbie RobertsonCanada Robbie Robertson
Year of Release:1987Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1987:59Rank Score:389
Rank in 1980s592Overall Rank:3,607
Average Rating:  73/100 (58 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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593.

Pleasant DreamsUnited States Ramones
Year of Release:1981Appears in:30 charts
Rank in 1981:67Rank Score:388
Rank in 1980s593Overall Rank:3,616
Average Rating:  70/100 (48 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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594.

Too Fast For LoveUnited States Mötley Crüe
Year of Release:1981Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1981:68Rank Score:388
Rank in 1980s594Overall Rank:3,617
Average Rating:  71/100 (56 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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595.

No Sleep 'Til HammersmithUnited Kingdom Motörhead
Year of Release:1981Appears in:33 charts
Rank in 1981:69Rank Score:387
Rank in 1980s595Overall Rank:3,622
Average Rating:  77/100 (80 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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596.

Steel WheelsUnited Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1989Appears in:62 charts
Rank in 1989:56Rank Score:387
Rank in 1980s596Overall Rank:3,623
Average Rating:  69/100 (149 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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597.

FriedUnited Kingdom Julian Cope
Year of Release:1984Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1984:63Rank Score:381
Rank in 1980s597Overall Rank:3,663
Average Rating:  72/100 (33 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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598.

Born AgainUnited Kingdom Black Sabbath
Year of Release:1983Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1983:58Rank Score:378
Rank in 1980s598Overall Rank:3,680
Average Rating:  65/100 (55 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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599.

Monarchie Und AlltagGermany Fehlfarben
Year of Release:1980Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1980:73Rank Score:378
Rank in 1980s599Overall Rank:3,685
Average Rating:  68/100 (36 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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600.

Flick Of The SwitchAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1983Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1983:59Rank Score:378
Rank in 1980s600Overall Rank:3,688
Average Rating:  60/100 (85 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 109 11%
1981 121 12%
1982 95 10%
1983 96 10%
1984 97 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 104 10%
1987 93 9%
1988 99 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 413 41%
United States 396 40%
Australia 42 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 17 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Mixed Nationality 11 1%
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