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Best Albums of 1985

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Listed below are the greatest albums of 1985 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 19,000 greatest album charts.

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1985 year summaryThe best artists of 1985 were Tom Waits, Kate Bush, Dire Straits, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Smiths, The Replacements, The Cure, The Fall, Tears For Fears and Marillion.
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11.

Rum, Sodomy, And The LashUnited Kingdom The Pogues
Year of Release:1985Appears in:171 charts
Rank in 1985:11Rank Score:2,343
Rank in 1980s110Overall Rank:706
Average Rating:  80/100 (159 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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12.

Steve McQueenUnited Kingdom Prefab Sprout
Year of Release:1985Appears in:102 charts
Rank in 1985:12Rank Score:2,247
Rank in 1980s118Overall Rank:740
Average Rating:  78/100 (121 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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13.

Low LifeUnited Kingdom New Order
Year of Release:1985Appears in:130 charts
Rank in 1985:13Rank Score:2,080
Rank in 1980s127Overall Rank:794
Average Rating:  79/100 (171 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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14.

This Is The SeaUnited Kingdom The Waterboys
Year of Release:1985Appears in:91 charts
Rank in 1985:14Rank Score:1,704
Rank in 1980s156Overall Rank:957
Average Rating:  78/100 (101 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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15.

New Day RisingUnited States Hüsker Dü
Year of Release:1985Appears in:112 charts
Rank in 1985:15Rank Score:1,552
Rank in 1980s170Overall Rank:1,030
Average Rating:  77/100 (154 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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16.

NailAustralia Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel
Year of Release:1985Appears in:67 charts
Rank in 1985:16Rank Score:1,423
Rank in 1980s185Overall Rank:1,112
Average Rating:  76/100 (73 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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17.

Fables Of The ReconstructionUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1985Appears in:120 charts
Rank in 1985:17Rank Score:1,414
Rank in 1980s188Overall Rank:1,120
Average Rating:  76/100 (181 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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18.

LoveUnited Kingdom The Cult
Year of Release:1985Appears in:79 charts
Rank in 1985:18Rank Score:1,283
Rank in 1980s203Overall Rank:1,216
Average Rating:  75/100 (110 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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19.

Hunting High And LowNorway a-ha
Year of Release:1985Appears in:65 charts
Rank in 1985:19Rank Score:1,054
Rank in 1980s233Overall Rank:1,425
Average Rating:  72/100 (123 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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20.

Little CreaturesUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1985Appears in:106 charts
Rank in 1985:20Rank Score:961
Rank in 1980s256Overall Rank:1,543
Average Rating:  74/100 (142 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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Best Albums of 1985 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 3%
Black Flag 4 1%
Bob Dylan 2 0%
Green On Red 2 0%
Nikki Sudden & Dave Kusworth Jacobites 2 0%
Martin Dupont 2 0%
Rites Of Spring 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 270 39%
United Kingdom 182 26%
Mixed Nationality 33 5%
Australia 31 5%
Germany 25 4%
Canada 17 2%
Italy 15 2%
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