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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 30,000 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.
19801,298251,877 Remain In Light (44th)
by Talking Heads
19811,326139,743 Moving Pictures (153rd)
by Rush
19821,313177,055 Thriller (70th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,279160,622 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,329219,560 Purple Rain (102nd)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,308169,962 Rain Dogs (106th)
by Tom Waits
19861,420241,412 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,555235,043 The Joshua Tree (33rd)
by U2
19881,596218,437 Daydream Nation (54th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,595301,961 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total14,0192,115,671

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:1,850 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:76,054
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,049 votes)
Comments: 215 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,763 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:69,997
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,990 votes)
Comments: 193 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,404 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:52,057
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,613 votes)
Comments: 152 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,344 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:46,462
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:33
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,798 votes)
Comments: 173 comments
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5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,247 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:38,716
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:44
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,429 votes)
Comments: 115 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,126 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:37,515
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:49
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,288 votes)
Comments: 89 comments
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7.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,135 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:35,723
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:54
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,311 votes)
Comments: 109 comments
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8.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,020 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:30,433
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:63
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,321 votes)
Comments: 79 comments
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9.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:964 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:30,109
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:67
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,407 votes)
Comments: 118 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:1,044 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:29,208
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:70
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,472 votes)
Comments: 98 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 125 13%
1982 98 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 93 9%
1985 84 8%
1986 101 10%
1987 89 9%
1988 99 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 415 42%
United States 397 40%
Australia 43 4%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 21 2%
Ireland 16 2%
Norway 10 1%
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