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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.
19801,113223,412 Remain In Light (51st)
by Talking Heads
19811,181124,503 Moving Pictures (151st)
by Rush
19821,165156,535 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,136142,909 Murmur (138th)
by R.E.M.
19841,198196,735 Purple Rain (110th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,133150,590 Rain Dogs (107th)
by Tom Waits
19861,227217,304 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,324211,375 The Joshua Tree (33rd)
by U2
19881,305194,814 Daydream Nation (54th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,341273,555 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total12,1231,891,732

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.

ReckoningUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1984Appears in:264 charts
Rank in 1984:15Rank Score:3,646
Rank in 1980s81Overall Rank:570
Average Rating:  80/100 (359 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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82.

GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:278 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:3,630
Rank in 1980s82Overall Rank:574
Average Rating:  77/100 (405 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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83.

Substance
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United Kingdom New Order
Year of Release:1987Appears in:157 charts
Rank in 1987:11Rank Score:3,615
Rank in 1980s83Overall Rank:578
Average Rating:  82/100 (281 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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84.

Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss MeUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1987Appears in:235 charts
Rank in 1987:12Rank Score:3,575
Rank in 1980s84Overall Rank:586
Average Rating:  78/100 (354 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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85.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:224 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:3,517
Rank in 1980s85Overall Rank:598
Average Rating:  80/100 (278 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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86.

Love Over GoldUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1982Appears in:185 charts
Rank in 1982:8Rank Score:3,485
Rank in 1980s86Overall Rank:602
Average Rating:  78/100 (281 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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87.

Sandinista!United Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1980Appears in:219 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:3,359
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:611
Average Rating:  75/100 (406 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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88.

SisterUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1987Appears in:255 charts
Rank in 1987:13Rank Score:3,357
Rank in 1980s88Overall Rank:612
Average Rating:  81/100 (374 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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89.

Misplaced ChildhoodUnited Kingdom Marillion
Year of Release:1985Appears in:169 charts
Rank in 1985:9Rank Score:3,349
Rank in 1980s89Overall Rank:616
Average Rating:  77/100 (224 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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90.

Full Moon FeverUnited States Tom Petty
Year of Release:1989Appears in:239 charts
Rank in 1989:9Rank Score:3,317
Rank in 1980s90Overall Rank:623
Average Rating:  76/100 (316 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 119 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 98 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 103 10%
1987 93 9%
1988 97 10%
1989 97 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 417 42%
United States 397 40%
Australia 44 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 18 2%
Ireland 13 1%
Argentina 11 1%
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