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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.
19801,370267,932 Remain In Light (41st)
by Talking Heads
19811,427148,178 Moving Pictures (155th)
by Rush
19821,414187,430 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,387171,164 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,424232,047 Purple Rain (100th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,414180,216 Rain Dogs (107th)
by Tom Waits
19861,503255,037 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,663247,386 The Joshua Tree (33rd)
by U2
19881,686231,441 Daydream Nation (54th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,729317,003 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total15,0172,237,834

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

DoolittleUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,953 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:78,530
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,209 votes)
Comments: 226 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,866 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:73,037
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,139 votes)
Comments: 204 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,492 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:54,369
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,724 votes)
Comments: 166 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,427 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:48,133
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:33
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,904 votes)
Comments: 183 comments
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5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,367 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:43,121
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:41
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,567 votes)
Comments: 126 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,220 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:40,530
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:45
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,399 votes)
Comments: 100 comments
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7.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,190 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:37,196
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:54
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,392 votes)
Comments: 114 comments
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8.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,092 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:32,052
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:64
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,420 votes)
Comments: 89 comments
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9.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,031 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:31,196
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:67
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,495 votes)
Comments: 127 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:1,123 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:30,141
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:73
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,582 votes)
Comments: 105 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 105 11%
1981 122 12%
1982 101 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 96 10%
1985 84 8%
1986 100 10%
1987 89 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 103 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 419 42%
United States 393 39%
Australia 42 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 16 2%
Argentina 11 1%
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