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Best Albums of 1989

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Listed below are the greatest albums of 1989 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 22,000 greatest album charts.

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1989 year summaryThe best artists of 1989 were Pixies, The Stone Roses, The Cure, Beastie Boys, Galaxie 500, Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, De La Soul, Tom Petty and Lou Reed.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

DoolittleUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,448 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:62,645
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,552 votes)
Comments: 168 comments
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2.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,091 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:43,926
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:30
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,249 votes)
Comments: 125 comments
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3.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:811 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:27,935
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:56
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (926 votes)
Comments: 65 comments
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4.

Paul's BoutiqueUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1989Appears in:422 charts
Rank in 1989:4Rank Score:12,035
Rank in 1980s20Overall Rank:164
Average Rating:  82/100 (535 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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5.

On FireUnited States Galaxie 500
Year of Release:1989Appears in:257 charts
Rank in 1989:5Rank Score:5,790
Rank in 1980s44Overall Rank:330
Average Rating:  83/100 (288 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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6.

BleachUnited States Nirvana
Year of Release:1989Appears in:299 charts
Rank in 1989:6Rank Score:5,127
Rank in 1980s52Overall Rank:376
Average Rating:  76/100 (642 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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7.

Pretty Hate MachineUnited States Nine Inch Nails
Year of Release:1989Appears in:204 charts
Rank in 1989:7Rank Score:3,936
Rank in 1980s67Overall Rank:472
Average Rating:  79/100 (319 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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8.

3 Feet High And RisingUnited States De La Soul
Year of Release:1989Appears in:232 charts
Rank in 1989:8Rank Score:3,808
Rank in 1980s69Overall Rank:486
Average Rating:  79/100 (317 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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9.

Full Moon FeverUnited States Tom Petty
Year of Release:1989Appears in:211 charts
Rank in 1989:9Rank Score:3,201
Rank in 1980s84Overall Rank:577
Average Rating:  76/100 (267 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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10.

New YorkUnited States Lou Reed
Year of Release:1989Appears in:171 charts
Rank in 1989:10Rank Score:2,798
Rank in 1980s99Overall Rank:652
Average Rating:  77/100 (201 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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Best Albums of 1989 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 8 1%
Death In June 4 0%
Negativland 3 0%
Roy Orbison 3 0%
Queen 2 0%
Mary Goes Round 2 0%
Delerium 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 421 46%
United Kingdom 218 24%
Germany 37 4%
Australia 30 3%
Canada 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 22 2%
France 19 2%
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