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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.
19801,467281,817 Remain In Light (40th)
by Talking Heads
19811,504154,826 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,493197,676 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,476178,920 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,523242,536 Purple Rain (95th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,514189,510 Rain Dogs (109th)
by Tom Waits
19861,596266,288 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,763258,296 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,794242,526 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,851331,547 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total15,9812,343,942

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
6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,324 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:42,770
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:44
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,486 votes)
Comments: 105 comments
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46.

PornographyUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1982Appears in:480 charts
Rank in 1982:5Rank Score:7,474
Rank in 1980s46Overall Rank:366
Average Rating:  80/100 (669 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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63.

The Head On The DoorUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1985Appears in:432 charts
Rank in 1985:6Rank Score:5,904
Rank in 1980s63Overall Rank:453
Average Rating:  81/100 (540 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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80.

Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss MeUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1987Appears in:367 charts
Rank in 1987:11Rank Score:4,689
Rank in 1980s80Overall Rank:554
Average Rating:  78/100 (489 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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87.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:311 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:4,376
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:588
Average Rating:  78/100 (469 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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120.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:264 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:3,240
Rank in 1980s120Overall Rank:769
Average Rating:  77/100 (401 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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229.

Boys Don't Cry
Compilation
United Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:125 charts
Rank in 1980:36Rank Score:1,641
Rank in 1980s229Overall Rank:1,409
Average Rating:  78/100 (240 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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363.

Standing On A Beach - The Singles
Compilation
United Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1986Appears in:76 charts
Rank in 1986:36Rank Score:905
Rank in 1980s363Overall Rank:2,316
Average Rating:  82/100 (150 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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522.

The TopUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1984Appears in:72 charts
Rank in 1984:55Rank Score:565
Rank in 1980s522Overall Rank:3,306
Average Rating:  70/100 (144 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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618.

Japanese Whispers
Compilation
United Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1983Appears in:50 charts
Rank in 1983:58Rank Score:457
Rank in 1980s618Overall Rank:3,920
Average Rating:  74/100 (94 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 117 12%
1982 102 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 97 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 99 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 101 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 420 42%
United States 391 39%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 19 2%
Mixed Nationality 17 2%
Ireland 17 2%
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