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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 29,000 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.
19801,244242,517 Remain In Light (46th)
by Talking Heads
19811,286134,532 Moving Pictures (151st)
by Rush
19821,256169,178 Thriller (70th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,225154,663 Murmur (140th)
by R.E.M.
19841,276211,111 Purple Rain (103rd)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,262163,316 Rain Dogs (106th)
by Tom Waits
19861,357232,407 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,493226,545 The Joshua Tree (33rd)
by U2
19881,508210,378 Daydream Nation (54th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,465292,304 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total13,3722,036,952

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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RankAlbumArtist
1.

DoolittleUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,776 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:73,344
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,974 votes)
Comments: 204 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,691 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:67,204
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,903 votes)
Comments: 188 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,348 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:50,255
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:31
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,554 votes)
Comments: 144 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,285 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:44,950
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:33
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,733 votes)
Comments: 168 comments
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5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,192 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:37,234
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:46
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,368 votes)
Comments: 110 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,083 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:35,785
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:51
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,227 votes)
Comments: 85 comments
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7.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,079 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:34,370
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:54
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,261 votes)
Comments: 104 comments
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8.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:987 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:29,886
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:64
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,271 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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9.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:936 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:29,375
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:65
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,363 votes)
Comments: 115 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:989 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:28,069
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:70
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,424 votes)
Comments: 96 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 115 12%
1981 119 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 100 10%
1984 96 10%
1985 84 8%
1986 101 10%
1987 90 9%
1988 97 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 421 42%
United States 394 39%
Australia 43 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 12 1%
Norway 11 1%
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