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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 37,000 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.
19801,515283,047 Remain In Light (40th)
by Talking Heads
19811,537155,909 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,514199,385 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,507180,541 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,544243,887 Purple Rain (96th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,542191,474 Hounds Of Love (106th)
by Kate Bush
19861,615267,911 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,783260,028 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,826244,191 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,883332,288 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,2662,358,660

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, U2, Talking Heads, Metallica, The Stone Roses, Sonic Youth and R.E.M..
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RankAlbumArtist
33.

The Number Of The BeastUnited Kingdom Iron Maiden
Year of Release:1982Appears in:515 charts
Rank in 1982:2Rank Score:10,656
Rank in 1980s33Overall Rank:262
Average Rating:  80/100 (755 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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77.

PowerslaveUnited Kingdom Iron Maiden
Year of Release:1984Appears in:289 charts
Rank in 1984:14Rank Score:5,120
Rank in 1980s77Overall Rank:519
Average Rating:  79/100 (508 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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95.

Seventh Son Of A Seventh SonUnited Kingdom Iron Maiden
Year of Release:1988Appears in:229 charts
Rank in 1988:12Rank Score:3,991
Rank in 1980s95Overall Rank:647
Average Rating:  78/100 (392 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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150.

Iron MaidenUnited Kingdom Iron Maiden
Year of Release:1980Appears in:192 charts
Rank in 1980:20Rank Score:2,502
Rank in 1980s150Overall Rank:989
Average Rating:  76/100 (349 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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158.

Piece Of MindUnited Kingdom Iron Maiden
Year of Release:1983Appears in:198 charts
Rank in 1983:16Rank Score:2,423
Rank in 1980s158Overall Rank:1,019
Average Rating:  79/100 (358 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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172.

KillersUnited Kingdom Iron Maiden
Year of Release:1981Appears in:152 charts
Rank in 1981:13Rank Score:2,233
Rank in 1980s172Overall Rank:1,110
Average Rating:  76/100 (321 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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235.

Somewhere In TimeUnited Kingdom Iron Maiden
Year of Release:1986Appears in:125 charts
Rank in 1986:20Rank Score:1,593
Rank in 1980s235Overall Rank:1,470
Average Rating:  76/100 (261 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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351.

Live After DeathUnited Kingdom Iron Maiden
Year of Release:1985Appears in:61 charts
Rank in 1985:29Rank Score:955
Rank in 1980s351Overall Rank:2,239
Average Rating:  77/100 (157 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 119 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 100 10%
1985 87 9%
1986 98 10%
1987 85 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 417 42%
United States 392 39%
Australia 37 4%
Canada 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 21 2%
Germany 19 2%
Ireland 16 2%
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