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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.
19801,261246,510 Remain In Light (44th)
by Talking Heads
19811,292136,193 Moving Pictures (153rd)
by Rush
19821,274171,691 Thriller (70th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,238156,666 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,289213,760 Purple Rain (103rd)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,266165,875 Rain Dogs (105th)
by Tom Waits
19861,373235,612 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,512229,420 The Joshua Tree (33rd)
by U2
19881,534212,654 Daydream Nation (54th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,518296,794 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total13,5572,065,176

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

DoolittleUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,806 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:74,626
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,998 votes)
Comments: 211 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,715 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:67,926
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,920 votes)
Comments: 191 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,372 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:51,023
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,570 votes)
Comments: 147 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,300 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:45,311
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:33
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,747 votes)
Comments: 169 comments
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5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,211 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:37,863
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:44
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,380 votes)
Comments: 111 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,104 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:36,615
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:50
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,245 votes)
Comments: 87 comments
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7.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,100 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:34,768
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:54
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,276 votes)
Comments: 105 comments
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8.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,002 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:30,223
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:62
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,283 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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9.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:944 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:29,547
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:67
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,375 votes)
Comments: 116 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:1,003 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:28,267
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:70
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,438 votes)
Comments: 96 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 115 12%
1981 120 12%
1982 98 10%
1983 100 10%
1984 94 9%
1985 84 8%
1986 101 10%
1987 91 9%
1988 97 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 414 41%
United States 392 39%
Australia 43 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 23 2%
Ireland 20 2%
Argentina 11 1%
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