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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 28,000 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.
19801,193235,807 Remain In Light (48th)
by Talking Heads
19811,252131,339 Moving Pictures (153rd)
by Rush
19821,222163,854 Thriller (71st)
by Michael Jackson
19831,199150,297 Murmur (141st)
by R.E.M.
19841,248205,486 Purple Rain (106th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,214159,458 Rain Dogs (105th)
by Tom Waits
19861,328227,879 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,458221,117 The Joshua Tree (33rd)
by U2
19881,440206,229 Daydream Nation (54th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,428288,164 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total12,9821,989,629

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:1,741 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:72,375
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,941 votes)
Comments: 203 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,653 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:66,185
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,852 votes)
Comments: 184 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,327 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:49,921
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:30
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,521 votes)
Comments: 143 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,248 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:43,973
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:33
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,700 votes)
Comments: 165 comments
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5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,159 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:36,083
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:48
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,337 votes)
Comments: 108 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,055 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:35,490
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:50
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,204 votes)
Comments: 81 comments
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7.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,054 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:34,153
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:54
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,239 votes)
Comments: 104 comments
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8.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:962 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:29,408
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:63
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,248 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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9.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:908 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:28,805
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:67
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,339 votes)
Comments: 114 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:953 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:27,147
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:71
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,391 votes)
Comments: 91 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 121 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 95 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 101 10%
1987 91 9%
1988 96 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 418 42%
United States 395 40%
Australia 43 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 13 1%
Argentina 11 1%
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