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100 Best Albums of the Eighties by Rolling Stone (1989)  

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London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
I know we use the original release date of 1979 on this site, but in the US it wasn't released until January 1980 therefore qualifying for this list by Rolling Stone.
Year of Release:1979*Appears in:1,918 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:84,227
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,086 votes)
Comments: 185 comments
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Purple RainUnited States Prince And The Revolution
Year of Release:1984Appears in:734 charts
Rank in 1984:1Rank Score:20,184
Rank in 1980s15Overall Rank:107
Average Rating:  82/100 (930 votes)
Comments: 72 comments
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The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,209 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:42,972
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:34
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,653 votes)
Comments: 159 comments
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Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,107 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:34,742
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:49
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,285 votes)
Comments: 106 comments
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GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:663 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:17,359
Rank in 1980s17Overall Rank:125
Average Rating:  81/100 (838 votes)
Comments: 50 comments
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Born In The U.S.A.United States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1984Appears in:493 charts
Rank in 1984:4Rank Score:10,979
Rank in 1980s26Overall Rank:214
Average Rating:  77/100 (826 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:919 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:26,281
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:75
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,342 votes)
Comments: 91 comments
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MurmurUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1983Appears in:672 charts
Rank in 1983:1Rank Score:15,327
Rank in 1980s18Overall Rank:142
Average Rating:  83/100 (850 votes)
Comments: 62 comments
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Shoot Out The LightsUnited Kingdom Richard & Linda Thompson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:112 charts
Rank in 1982:21Rank Score:1,535
Rank in 1980s199Overall Rank:1,270
Average Rating:  77/100 (133 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:286 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:3,950
Rank in 1980s76Overall Rank:539
Average Rating:  76/100 (365 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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100 Best Albums of the Eighties composition

Year Albums %


1980 14 14%
1981 5 5%
1982 10 10%
1983 15 15%
1984 10 10%
1985 9 9%
1986 10 10%
1987 11 11%
1988 7 7%
1989 5 5%
Artist Albums %


Bruce Springsteen 4 4%
Prince 3 3%
U2 2 2%
Peter Gabriel 2 2%
Talking Heads 2 2%
Lou Reed 2 2%
R.E.M. 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 59 59%
United Kingdom 29 29%
Mixed Nationality 4 4%
Australia 3 3%
Canada 2 2%
Ireland 2 2%
Jamaica 1 1%

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From rliberty 11/02/2016 03:07
The list falls apart about halfway through in my opinion. Though I can kind of get their 500 best albums of all time list if this is what they think of the 80's.
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From vicho95 10/14/2016 03:54
Top 10's solid (except for tracy chapman's one) but the rest of the list looks sloppy. These are not the worst albums of the decade, but there's quite a bunch of records from the 80s better than them.
Also, wasn't London Calling released in 1979?
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From stangetzaway 07/06/2016 09:35
Can't argue with the top 2. Some definite holes, smiths , go-betweens etc.
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From jonatas90 06/16/2016 03:37
Is Why Desintegration and Stone Roses in the top 10?
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From HarryLuke 04/26/2016 23:20
Ahhhh Rolling Stone, you have done it again!
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From kevinweed7 03/28/2016 06:44
Rolling stone list not as thorough as bestever overall list.
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From LegacyEighties 03/24/2016 13:49
Love it, but now that some friends have made me listen to some other music I think it should have other bands instead of so many repeats.
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From Musicslave 03/09/2016 18:54
If London Calling was released in 1979 anywhere in the world, it belongs on the 70's list. That kind of seems like tricky thing to do.
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From Cojo7 03/06/2016 01:15
4 Springsteen albums and no Stone Roses or Pixies, shit list from the shittiest music reviewers not named Robert Christgau.
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From mianfei 02/16/2016 06:15
The list seemed revealing when I read it almost two decades ago – as a child brought up in the virtual cloister of outer-suburban Melbourne, I had no access to music not played on commercial radio, and in my youth commercial radio was basically playing mainstream music from the 1970s or 1980s.

However, with age the extreme limitations of this list are just too apparent. Even from reading in print books it is possible to gain hints that 1980s music and culture was not what I could hear or see in a suburban cloister, and in the Internet age the omissions, both from a personal and a cultural perspective, are almost laughable.

Heavy metal, hardcore, dream pop, and the earliest post-rock bands emerged in the 1980s to create new sounds in probably the most creative cultural period of all time at the start of the 1990s (though then I knew as little of it as if I were a Poor Clare who can only read religious texts!). The omissions are bad enough and I do not wish to name names.
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