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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 33,000 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.
19801,361266,276 Remain In Light (41st)
by Talking Heads
19811,422146,645 Moving Pictures (154th)
by Rush
19821,410185,914 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,377169,931 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,415230,345 Purple Rain (100th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,408179,296 Rain Dogs (107th)
by Tom Waits
19861,494252,849 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,654246,140 The Joshua Tree (34th)
by U2
19881,674230,206 Daydream Nation (54th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,707315,260 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total14,9222,222,862

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:1,935 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:77,982
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,187 votes)
Comments: 226 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,841 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:72,361
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,124 votes)
Comments: 204 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,486 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:54,485
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,713 votes)
Comments: 165 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,415 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:47,821
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:34
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,893 votes)
Comments: 182 comments
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5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,358 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:42,831
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:41
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,555 votes)
Comments: 125 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,205 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:40,082
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:45
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,385 votes)
Comments: 99 comments
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7.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,179 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:36,940
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:54
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,380 votes)
Comments: 114 comments
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8.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,083 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:31,908
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:65
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,406 votes)
Comments: 89 comments
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9.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,022 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:30,901
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:68
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,486 votes)
Comments: 126 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:1,119 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:29,985
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:72
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,572 votes)
Comments: 105 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 107 11%
1981 122 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 97 10%
1984 96 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 101 10%
1987 90 9%
1988 101 10%
1989 102 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 417 42%
United States 397 40%
Australia 42 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 16 2%
Argentina 11 1%
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