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Best Albums of the 1980s

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Listed below are the greatest albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 27,000 greatest album charts.

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YearAlbums   The number of albums from each year featuring in the greatest album charts. Score   Total rank score for each year (made up of the total rank score from all albums in that year) Top Ranked Album   The top ranked album from each year and where it ranks in the overall chart.
19801,162231,697 Remain In Light (49th)
by Talking Heads
19811,220128,517 Moving Pictures (155th)
by Rush
19821,193160,889 Thriller (75th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,169147,066 Murmur (141st)
by R.E.M.
19841,224201,884 Purple Rain (106th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,177155,667 Rain Dogs (105th)
by Tom Waits
19861,292223,487 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,410217,186 The Joshua Tree (34th)
by U2
19881,380201,976 Daydream Nation (53rd)
by Sonic Youth
19891,392281,543 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total12,6191,949,913

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, U2, The Cure, The Stone Roses, Metallica, Talking Heads, Sonic Youth and R.E.M..
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1.

DoolittleUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,705 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:70,842
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,896 votes)
Comments: 198 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,613 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:64,711
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,815 votes)
Comments: 181 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,300 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:49,114
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,498 votes)
Comments: 142 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,224 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:43,398
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:34
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,669 votes)
Comments: 161 comments
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5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,126 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:35,130
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:49
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,304 votes)
Comments: 106 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,028 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:34,354
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:52
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,181 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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7.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,031 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:33,752
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:53
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,220 votes)
Comments: 103 comments
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8.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:934 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:28,817
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:63
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,220 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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9.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:893 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:28,370
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:66
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,320 votes)
Comments: 113 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:930 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:26,429
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:75
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,359 votes)
Comments: 91 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 113 11%
1981 119 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 99 10%
1984 97 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 101 10%
1987 93 9%
1988 96 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
U2 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 415 42%
United States 396 40%
Australia 43 4%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 13 1%
Argentina 11 1%
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