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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 34,000 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.
19801,392273,642 Remain In Light (40th)
by Talking Heads
19811,441150,202 Moving Pictures (154th)
by Rush
19821,435191,362 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,408174,323 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,437235,528 Purple Rain (100th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,430183,250 Rain Dogs (108th)
by Tom Waits
19861,518259,163 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,681251,123 The Joshua Tree (34th)
by U2
19881,707235,427 Daydream Nation (54th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,756322,440 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total15,2052,276,460

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:1,994 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:79,533
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,242 votes)
Comments: 232 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,911 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:74,376
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,170 votes)
Comments: 204 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,527 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:55,504
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,750 votes)
Comments: 168 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,455 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:48,512
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:34
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,931 votes)
Comments: 188 comments
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5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,423 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:45,063
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:40
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,611 votes)
Comments: 127 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,258 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:41,255
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:44
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,424 votes)
Comments: 101 comments
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7.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,209 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:37,636
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:54
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,414 votes)
Comments: 114 comments
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8.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,120 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:32,685
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:64
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,441 votes)
Comments: 90 comments
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9.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,066 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:31,585
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:69
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,517 votes)
Comments: 131 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:1,149 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:30,657
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:73
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,604 votes)
Comments: 107 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 110 11%
1981 121 12%
1982 100 10%
1983 96 10%
1984 95 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 101 10%
1987 86 9%
1988 105 11%
1989 100 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 396 40%
Australia 42 4%
Canada 26 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 16 2%
Mixed Nationality 11 1%
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