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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 35,000 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.
19801,423278,329 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,470152,678 Moving Pictures (153rd)
by Rush
19821,462194,130 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,435176,690 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,477239,019 Purple Rain (96th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,472186,151 Rain Dogs (109th)
by Tom Waits
19861,544262,377 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,718254,341 The Joshua Tree (35th)
by U2
19881,741238,836 Daydream Nation (55th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,803327,631 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total15,5452,310,181

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
34.

The Number Of The BeastUnited Kingdom Iron Maiden
Year of Release:1982Appears in:485 charts
Rank in 1982:2Rank Score:10,088
Rank in 1980s34Overall Rank:269
Average Rating:  79/100 (727 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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76.

PowerslaveUnited Kingdom Iron Maiden
Year of Release:1984Appears in:271 charts
Rank in 1984:14Rank Score:4,826
Rank in 1980s76Overall Rank:533
Average Rating:  79/100 (495 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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95.

Seventh Son Of A Seventh SonUnited Kingdom Iron Maiden
Year of Release:1988Appears in:213 charts
Rank in 1988:12Rank Score:3,902
Rank in 1980s95Overall Rank:639
Average Rating:  78/100 (378 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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164.

Piece Of MindUnited Kingdom Iron Maiden
Year of Release:1983Appears in:189 charts
Rank in 1983:17Rank Score:2,266
Rank in 1980s164Overall Rank:1,056
Average Rating:  79/100 (346 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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168.

KillersUnited Kingdom Iron Maiden
Year of Release:1981Appears in:141 charts
Rank in 1981:13Rank Score:2,242
Rank in 1980s168Overall Rank:1,069
Average Rating:  75/100 (304 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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175.

Iron MaidenUnited Kingdom Iron Maiden
Year of Release:1980Appears in:172 charts
Rank in 1980:22Rank Score:2,161
Rank in 1980s175Overall Rank:1,110
Average Rating:  76/100 (332 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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252.

Somewhere In TimeUnited Kingdom Iron Maiden
Year of Release:1986Appears in:114 charts
Rank in 1986:20Rank Score:1,417
Rank in 1980s252Overall Rank:1,578
Average Rating:  76/100 (247 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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349.

Live After DeathUnited Kingdom Iron Maiden
Year of Release:1985Appears in:56 charts
Rank in 1985:28Rank Score:947
Rank in 1980s349Overall Rank:2,198
Average Rating:  77/100 (151 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 110 11%
1981 120 12%
1982 102 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 96 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 99 10%
1987 86 9%
1988 104 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 419 42%
United States 395 40%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 26 3%
Germany 19 2%
Mixed Nationality 16 2%
Ireland 16 2%
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