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Best Albums of 1983

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Listed below are the greatest albums of 1983 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 23,000 greatest album charts.

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1983 year summaryThe best artists of 1983 were R.E.M., Violent Femmes, The Police, U2, New Order, Tom Waits, Metallica, Pink Floyd, Def Leppard and Talking Heads.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

MurmurUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1983Appears in:583 charts
Rank in 1983:1Rank Score:14,356
Rank in 1980s18Overall Rank:136
Average Rating:  83/100 (752 votes)
Comments: 57 comments
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2.

Violent FemmesUnited States Violent Femmes
Year of Release:1983Appears in:481 charts
Rank in 1983:2Rank Score:10,152
Rank in 1980s26Overall Rank:204
Average Rating:  82/100 (498 votes)
Comments: 43 comments
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3.

SynchronicityUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1983Appears in:399 charts
Rank in 1983:3Rank Score:7,938
Rank in 1980s34Overall Rank:257
Average Rating:  78/100 (560 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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4.

Power, Corruption And LiesUnited Kingdom New Order
Year of Release:1983Appears in:335 charts
Rank in 1983:4Rank Score:6,669
Rank in 1980s40Overall Rank:300
Average Rating:  81/100 (399 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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5.

WarIreland U2
Year of Release:1983Appears in:381 charts
Rank in 1983:5Rank Score:6,613
Rank in 1980s42Overall Rank:304
Average Rating:  78/100 (677 votes)
Comments: 50 comments
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6.

SwordfishtrombonesUnited States Tom Waits
Year of Release:1983Appears in:325 charts
Rank in 1983:6Rank Score:5,835
Rank in 1980s47Overall Rank:347
Average Rating:  82/100 (412 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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7.

Kill 'Em AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1983Appears in:212 charts
Rank in 1983:7Rank Score:4,100
Rank in 1980s66Overall Rank:468
Average Rating:  77/100 (460 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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8.

The Final CutUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1983Appears in:154 charts
Rank in 1983:8Rank Score:2,753
Rank in 1980s102Overall Rank:675
Average Rating:  71/100 (517 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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9.

PyromaniaUnited Kingdom Def Leppard
Year of Release:1983Appears in:137 charts
Rank in 1983:9Rank Score:2,658
Rank in 1980s108Overall Rank:700
Average Rating:  73/100 (232 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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10.

Speaking In TonguesUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1983Appears in:188 charts
Rank in 1983:10Rank Score:2,632
Rank in 1980s113Overall Rank:709
Average Rating:  79/100 (293 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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Best Albums of 1983 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 15 2%
R. Stevie Moore 12 2%
Nocturnal Emissions 4 1%
Daniel Johnston 3 0%
Frank Zappa 3 0%
Joan Armatrading 2 0%
B.B. King 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 291 37%
United Kingdom 237 30%
Australia 29 4%
Germany 28 4%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Canada 19 2%
France 14 2%
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