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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.
19801,273247,403 Remain In Light (46th)
by Talking Heads
19811,306137,933 Moving Pictures (151st)
by Rush
19821,288173,765 Thriller (70th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,249158,419 Murmur (141st)
by R.E.M.
19841,306216,193 Purple Rain (103rd)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,277167,498 Rain Dogs (105th)
by Tom Waits
19861,396237,566 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,528230,977 The Joshua Tree (33rd)
by U2
19881,557214,220 Daydream Nation (54th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,540298,219 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total13,7202,082,194

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:1,818 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:74,870
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,012 votes)
Comments: 212 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,732 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:68,492
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,944 votes)
Comments: 191 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,384 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:51,312
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,588 votes)
Comments: 148 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,314 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:45,528
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:33
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,761 votes)
Comments: 169 comments
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5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,221 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:37,864
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:46
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,394 votes)
Comments: 112 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,115 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:36,843
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:49
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,258 votes)
Comments: 87 comments
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7.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,105 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:34,952
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:54
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,289 votes)
Comments: 105 comments
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8.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,004 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:30,171
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:62
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,294 votes)
Comments: 79 comments
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9.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:949 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:29,551
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:67
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,381 votes)
Comments: 116 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:1,018 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:28,534
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:70
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,447 votes)
Comments: 96 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 120 12%
1982 98 10%
1983 100 10%
1984 95 10%
1985 83 8%
1986 102 10%
1987 91 9%
1988 98 10%
1989 101 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 417 42%
United States 394 39%
Australia 44 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 23 2%
Ireland 16 2%
Argentina 10 1%
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