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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 (49th)
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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RankAlbumArtist
81.

GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:283 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:3,729
Rank in 1980s81Overall Rank:564
Average Rating:  77/100 (405 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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82.

ReckoningUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1984Appears in:268 charts
Rank in 1984:15Rank Score:3,715
Rank in 1980s82Overall Rank:566
Average Rating:  80/100 (360 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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83.

Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss MeUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1987Appears in:240 charts
Rank in 1987:11Rank Score:3,661
Rank in 1980s83Overall Rank:575
Average Rating:  78/100 (362 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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84.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:228 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:3,616
Rank in 1980s84Overall Rank:587
Average Rating:  80/100 (284 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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85.

Substance
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United Kingdom New Order
Year of Release:1987Appears in:158 charts
Rank in 1987:12Rank Score:3,590
Rank in 1980s85Overall Rank:592
Average Rating:  82/100 (286 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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86.

Love Over GoldUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1982Appears in:190 charts
Rank in 1982:8Rank Score:3,563
Rank in 1980s86Overall Rank:598
Average Rating:  78/100 (283 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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87.

SisterUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1987Appears in:261 charts
Rank in 1987:13Rank Score:3,481
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:605
Average Rating:  81/100 (378 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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88.

Sandinista!United Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1980Appears in:224 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:3,421
Rank in 1980s88Overall Rank:611
Average Rating:  75/100 (412 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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89.

Misplaced ChildhoodUnited Kingdom Marillion
Year of Release:1985Appears in:173 charts
Rank in 1985:9Rank Score:3,405
Rank in 1980s89Overall Rank:615
Average Rating:  77/100 (228 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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90.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:197 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:3,347
Rank in 1980s90Overall Rank:620
Average Rating:  76/100 (289 votes)
Comments: 20 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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