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Top-rated albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the top-rated albums of the 1980s as rated by BestEverAlbums.com members!
(To qualify for this chart, an album must have had at least 10 member ratings.)

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1.

DoolittleUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,994 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:79,533
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,242 votes)
Comments: 232 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,910 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:74,379
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,170 votes)
Comments: 204 comments
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3.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,423 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:45,074
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:40
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,611 votes)
Comments: 127 comments
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4.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,258 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:41,237
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:44
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,424 votes)
Comments: 101 comments
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5.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,120 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:32,688
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:64
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,441 votes)
Comments: 90 comments
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6.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,527 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:55,514
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,749 votes)
Comments: 168 comments
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7.

Hatful Of Hollow
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United Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1984Appears in:434 charts
Rank in 1984:7Rank Score:10,199
Rank in 1980s33Overall Rank:260
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (712 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,012 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:27,055
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:86
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,405 votes)
Comments: 90 comments
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9.

Rain DogsUnited States Tom Waits
Year of Release:1985Appears in:852 charts
Rank in 1985:1Rank Score:22,677
Rank in 1980s15Overall Rank:108
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (993 votes)
Comments: 63 comments
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10.

Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:640 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:14,961
Rank in 1980s21Overall Rank:178
Average Rating:  84/100 (693 votes)
Comments: 43 comments
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The average rating is a Bayesian average, calculated as follows:
Average Rating = (n ÷ (n + m)) × av + (m ÷ (n + m)) × AV

where:
av = mean average rating an album has currently received.
n = number of ratings an album has currently received.
m = minimum number of ratings required for an album to appear in the 'top-rated' chart (currently 10).
AV = the site mean average rating for an album (currently 73/100).

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