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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.
19801,424278,380 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,470152,617 Moving Pictures (153rd)
by Rush
19821,464194,406 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,437176,768 Murmur (141st)
by R.E.M.
19841,478239,023 Purple Rain (95th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,476186,253 Rain Dogs (109th)
by Tom Waits
19861,545262,362 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,720254,431 The Joshua Tree (35th)
by U2
19881,741239,041 Daydream Nation (55th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,803327,537 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total15,5582,310,818

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
6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,296 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:42,410
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:44
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,453 votes)
Comments: 105 comments
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46.

PornographyUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1982Appears in:470 charts
Rank in 1982:5Rank Score:7,463
Rank in 1980s46Overall Rank:362
Average Rating:  80/100 (655 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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62.

The Head On The DoorUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1985Appears in:419 charts
Rank in 1985:6Rank Score:5,809
Rank in 1980s62Overall Rank:451
Average Rating:  81/100 (521 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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81.

Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss MeUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1987Appears in:355 charts
Rank in 1987:11Rank Score:4,592
Rank in 1980s81Overall Rank:555
Average Rating:  78/100 (477 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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87.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:302 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:4,348
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:578
Average Rating:  78/100 (451 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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119.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:261 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:3,246
Rank in 1980s119Overall Rank:761
Average Rating:  77/100 (389 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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225.

Boys Don't Cry
Compilation
United Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:125 charts
Rank in 1980:34Rank Score:1,635
Rank in 1980s225Overall Rank:1,390
Average Rating:  78/100 (238 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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360.

Standing On A Beach - The Singles
Compilation
United Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1986Appears in:76 charts
Rank in 1986:36Rank Score:906
Rank in 1980s360Overall Rank:2,269
Average Rating:  82/100 (149 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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522.

The TopUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1984Appears in:69 charts
Rank in 1984:55Rank Score:559
Rank in 1980s522Overall Rank:3,280
Average Rating:  70/100 (139 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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599.

Japanese Whispers
Compilation
United Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1983Appears in:50 charts
Rank in 1983:57Rank Score:470
Rank in 1980s599Overall Rank:3,770
Average Rating:  74/100 (94 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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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%
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 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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