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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
85.

Music For The MassesUnited Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1987Appears in:320 charts
Rank in 1987:13Rank Score:4,457
Rank in 1980s85Overall Rank:576
Average Rating:  79/100 (419 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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113.

Black CelebrationUnited Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1986Appears in:248 charts
Rank in 1986:12Rank Score:3,488
Rank in 1980s113Overall Rank:727
Average Rating:  79/100 (344 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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283.

Some Great RewardUnited Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1984Appears in:138 charts
Rank in 1984:27Rank Score:1,245
Rank in 1980s283Overall Rank:1,778
Average Rating:  77/100 (195 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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380.

A Broken FrameUnited Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1982Appears in:71 charts
Rank in 1982:41Rank Score:839
Rank in 1980s380Overall Rank:2,441
Average Rating:  68/100 (126 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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466.

Speak And SpellUnited Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1981Appears in:93 charts
Rank in 1981:52Rank Score:665
Rank in 1980s466Overall Rank:2,913
Average Rating:  70/100 (135 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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472.

101United Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1989Appears in:56 charts
Rank in 1989:44Rank Score:654
Rank in 1980s472Overall Rank:2,943
Average Rating:  76/100 (101 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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571.

Construction Time AgainUnited Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1983Appears in:72 charts
Rank in 1983:53Rank Score:509
Rank in 1980s571Overall Rank:3,612
Average Rating:  71/100 (123 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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831.

The Singles 81→85
Compilation
United Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1985Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1985:67Rank Score:311
Rank in 1980s831Overall Rank:5,359
Average Rating:  77/100 (60 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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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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