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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 35,000 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.
19801,412276,116 Remain In Light (40th)
by Talking Heads
19811,463151,415 Moving Pictures (154th)
by Rush
19821,458192,461 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,428175,708 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,460237,094 Purple Rain (100th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,464184,640 Rain Dogs (108th)
by Tom Waits
19861,537260,776 The Queen Is Dead (20th)
by The Smiths
19871,707252,581 The Joshua Tree (34th)
by U2
19881,733237,054 Daydream Nation (54th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,789325,323 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total15,4512,293,169

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

DoolittleUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1989Appears in:2,015 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:80,288
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,265 votes)
Comments: 234 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,937 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:75,127
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:20
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,204 votes)
Comments: 209 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,544 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:55,954
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,770 votes)
Comments: 168 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,473 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:48,897
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:34
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,953 votes)
Comments: 189 comments
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5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,444 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:45,403
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:40
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,637 votes)
Comments: 131 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,281 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:41,936
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:44
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,440 votes)
Comments: 104 comments
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7.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,224 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:37,863
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:54
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,430 votes)
Comments: 117 comments
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8.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,141 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:33,095
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:64
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,463 votes)
Comments: 90 comments
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9.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,075 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:31,647
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:70
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,532 votes)
Comments: 131 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:1,166 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:30,699
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:73
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,624 votes)
Comments: 109 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 120 12%
1982 100 10%
1983 99 10%
1984 95 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 99 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 104 10%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
R.E.M. 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
U2 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 416 42%
United States 397 40%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 26 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 16 2%
Mixed Nationality 15 2%
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