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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 31,000 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.
19801,317254,724 Remain In Light (42nd)
by Talking Heads
19811,349141,102 Moving Pictures (154th)
by Rush
19821,333178,462 Thriller (71st)
by Michael Jackson
19831,301162,659 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,352221,742 Purple Rain (102nd)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,333171,490 Rain Dogs (106th)
by Tom Waits
19861,436243,534 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,575236,615 The Joshua Tree (34th)
by U2
19881,615221,400 Daydream Nation (54th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,632304,152 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total14,2432,135,879

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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1.

DoolittleUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,861 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:76,320
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,076 votes)
Comments: 218 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,778 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:70,208
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,018 votes)
Comments: 193 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,424 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:52,841
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,630 votes)
Comments: 154 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,363 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:46,527
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:34
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,818 votes)
Comments: 174 comments
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5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,269 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:39,624
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:42
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,448 votes)
Comments: 117 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,140 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:37,842
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:49
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,301 votes)
Comments: 91 comments
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7.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,135 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:35,964
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:54
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,321 votes)
Comments: 111 comments
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8.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,036 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:30,820
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:64
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,336 votes)
Comments: 81 comments
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9.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:971 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:29,947
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:68
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,425 votes)
Comments: 118 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:1,069 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:29,310
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:71
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,496 votes)
Comments: 98 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 115 12%
1981 123 12%
1982 97 10%
1983 97 10%
1984 93 9%
1985 83 8%
1986 101 10%
1987 90 9%
1988 99 10%
1989 102 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 416 42%
United States 394 39%
Australia 43 4%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 21 2%
Ireland 16 2%
Norway 10 1%
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