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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.
19801,176233,929 Remain In Light (48th)
by Talking Heads
19811,241130,090 Moving Pictures (155th)
by Rush
19821,209162,462 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,183149,089 Murmur (140th)
by R.E.M.
19841,236203,036 Purple Rain (106th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,200157,962 Rain Dogs (105th)
by Tom Waits
19861,313225,382 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,441219,185 The Joshua Tree (34th)
by U2
19881,416203,726 Daydream Nation (54th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,416285,735 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total12,8311,970,594

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:1,726 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:71,777
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,925 votes)
Comments: 201 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,635 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:65,516
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,836 votes)
Comments: 184 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,317 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:49,654
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,513 votes)
Comments: 143 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,235 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:43,512
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:34
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,685 votes)
Comments: 163 comments
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5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,140 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:35,653
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:48
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,322 votes)
Comments: 107 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,046 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:35,289
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:50
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,198 votes)
Comments: 78 comments
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7.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,042 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:33,854
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:54
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,231 votes)
Comments: 104 comments
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8.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:943 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:29,155
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:64
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,239 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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9.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:899 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:28,635
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:66
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,333 votes)
Comments: 113 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:943 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:26,900
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:72
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,377 votes)
Comments: 91 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 120 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 100 10%
1984 95 10%
1985 83 8%
1986 101 10%
1987 92 9%
1988 97 10%
1989 99 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 420 42%
United States 391 39%
Australia 43 4%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 13 1%
Argentina 11 1%
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