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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 28,000 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.
19801,210237,894 Remain In Light (47th)
by Talking Heads
19811,269132,739 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,244166,036 Thriller (70th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,212152,334 Murmur (139th)
by R.E.M.
19841,264208,088 Purple Rain (103rd)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,240161,142 Rain Dogs (106th)
by Tom Waits
19861,345230,025 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,484224,074 The Joshua Tree (33rd)
by U2
19881,473208,493 Daydream Nation (54th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,448290,151 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total13,1892,010,977

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

DoolittleUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,758 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:73,056
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,960 votes)
Comments: 204 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,670 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:66,739
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,875 votes)
Comments: 186 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,338 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:50,065
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:31
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,539 votes)
Comments: 143 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,268 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:44,480
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:33
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,716 votes)
Comments: 167 comments
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5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,170 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:36,572
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:47
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,350 votes)
Comments: 109 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,072 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:35,819
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:49
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,212 votes)
Comments: 84 comments
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7.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,064 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:34,158
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:54
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,246 votes)
Comments: 104 comments
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8.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:973 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:29,498
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:64
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,258 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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9.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:921 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:28,998
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:66
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,348 votes)
Comments: 115 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:967 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:27,639
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:70
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,403 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 115 12%
1981 121 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 100 10%
1984 95 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 101 10%
1987 90 9%
1988 96 10%
1989 98 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 418 42%
United States 394 39%
Australia 43 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 13 1%
Norway 11 1%
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