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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 38,000 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.
19801,522284,067 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,546156,843 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,529199,864 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,518181,373 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,557244,506 Purple Rain (96th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,557192,375 Hounds Of Love (105th)
by Kate Bush
19861,628268,573 The Queen Is Dead (20th)
by The Smiths
19871,805261,370 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,845243,798 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,901333,488 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,4082,366,255

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:1,342 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:43,232
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:44
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,529 votes)
Comments: 108 comments
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46.

PornographyUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1982Appears in:490 charts
Rank in 1982:5Rank Score:7,577
Rank in 1980s46Overall Rank:365
Average Rating:  80/100 (689 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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64.

The Head On The DoorUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1985Appears in:436 charts
Rank in 1985:6Rank Score:5,846
Rank in 1980s64Overall Rank:460
Average Rating:  81/100 (558 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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81.

Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss MeUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1987Appears in:377 charts
Rank in 1987:11Rank Score:4,736
Rank in 1980s81Overall Rank:557
Average Rating:  78/100 (504 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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88.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:317 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:4,385
Rank in 1980s88Overall Rank:591
Average Rating:  78/100 (478 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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121.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:270 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:3,264
Rank in 1980s121Overall Rank:778
Average Rating:  77/100 (410 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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227.

Boys Don't Cry
Compilation
United Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:128 charts
Rank in 1980:36Rank Score:1,639
Rank in 1980s227Overall Rank:1,433
Average Rating:  78/100 (251 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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380.

Standing On A Beach - The Singles
Compilation
United Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1986Appears in:79 charts
Rank in 1986:36Rank Score:844
Rank in 1980s380Overall Rank:2,450
Average Rating:  83/100 (160 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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548.

The TopUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1984Appears in:71 charts
Rank in 1984:58Rank Score:546
Rank in 1980s548Overall Rank:3,441
Average Rating:  70/100 (147 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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642.

Japanese Whispers
Compilation
United Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1983Appears in:51 charts
Rank in 1983:62Rank Score:437
Rank in 1980s642Overall Rank:4,087
Average Rating:  74/100 (98 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 118 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 97 10%
1984 99 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 98 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 101 10%
1989 101 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 414 41%
United States 392 39%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 22 2%
Germany 19 2%
Ireland 16 2%
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