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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
85.

Music For The MassesUnited Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1987Appears in:321 charts
Rank in 1987:13Rank Score:4,407
Rank in 1980s85Overall Rank:574
Average Rating:  79/100 (407 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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112.

Black CelebrationUnited Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1986Appears in:246 charts
Rank in 1986:11Rank Score:3,479
Rank in 1980s112Overall Rank:714
Average Rating:  78/100 (336 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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279.

Some Great RewardUnited Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1984Appears in:141 charts
Rank in 1984:27Rank Score:1,262
Rank in 1980s279Overall Rank:1,730
Average Rating:  77/100 (188 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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374.

A Broken FrameUnited Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1982Appears in:73 charts
Rank in 1982:41Rank Score:864
Rank in 1980s374Overall Rank:2,362
Average Rating:  69/100 (119 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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461.

Speak And SpellUnited Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1981Appears in:96 charts
Rank in 1981:52Rank Score:671
Rank in 1980s461Overall Rank:2,836
Average Rating:  70/100 (130 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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472.

101United Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1989Appears in:54 charts
Rank in 1989:44Rank Score:650
Rank in 1980s472Overall Rank:2,910
Average Rating:  76/100 (98 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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521.

Construction Time AgainUnited Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1983Appears in:75 charts
Rank in 1983:48Rank Score:559
Rank in 1980s521Overall Rank:3,277
Average Rating:  71/100 (119 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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818.

The Singles 81→85
Compilation
United Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1985Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1985:67Rank Score:311
Rank in 1980s818Overall Rank:5,246
Average Rating:  77/100 (59 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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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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