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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:1,965 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:85,736
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,144 votes)
Comments: 189 comments
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Purple RainUnited States Prince And The Revolution
Year of Release:1984Appears in:777 charts
Rank in 1984:1Rank Score:20,811
Rank in 1980s15Overall Rank:106
Average Rating:  82/100 (967 votes)
Comments: 72 comments
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The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,251 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:44,016
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:33
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,702 votes)
Comments: 165 comments
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Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,160 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:36,101
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:48
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,337 votes)
Comments: 108 comments
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GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:694 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:17,752
Rank in 1980s17Overall Rank:127
Average Rating:  81/100 (865 votes)
Comments: 50 comments
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Born In The U.S.A.United States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1984Appears in:515 charts
Rank in 1984:4Rank Score:11,343
Rank in 1980s25Overall Rank:209
Average Rating:  77/100 (852 votes)
Comments: 43 comments
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ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:956 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:27,217
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:72
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,393 votes)
Comments: 91 comments
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MurmurUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1983Appears in:700 charts
Rank in 1983:1Rank Score:15,851
Rank in 1980s18Overall Rank:140
Average Rating:  83/100 (878 votes)
Comments: 65 comments
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Shoot Out The LightsUnited Kingdom Richard & Linda Thompson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:119 charts
Rank in 1982:20Rank Score:1,555
Rank in 1980s203Overall Rank:1,275
Average Rating:  77/100 (134 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:301 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:4,208
Rank in 1980s73Overall Rank:525
Average Rating:  76/100 (384 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%
Lou Reed 2 2%
R.E.M. 2 2%
John Cougar Mellencamp 2 2%
The Rolling Stones 2 2%
Elvis Costello & The Attractions 2 2%
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Country Albums %


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

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68/100 (from 110 votes)
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When I think 80s rock I think Pixies, Meat Puppets, Dinosaur Jr... Where are they?
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From LedZep 05/14/2017 11:54
Actually not as bad as you'd expect from Rolling Stone. No Pixies, Cure, no metal at all except for a single Metallica album, way too much Prince for me, some contemporary pop rock albums I don't like and a serious lack of underground alternative music. But it's still much better than all other Rolling Stone lists I've come across
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From Ben4 04/30/2017 06:29
Why is Kill 'Em All on here and not Master of Puppets? I like Kill 'em All, but puppets seems like it would be more likely to be on a list by Rolling Stone
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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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