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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.
19801,522283,973 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,546156,749 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,529199,705 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,518181,257 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,557244,337 Purple Rain (96th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,557192,374 Hounds Of Love (104th)
by Kate Bush
19861,628268,357 The Queen Is Dead (20th)
by The Smiths
19871,805261,245 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,845243,792 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,901333,456 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,4082,365,245

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
84.

Music For The MassesUnited Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1987Appears in:331 charts
Rank in 1987:13Rank Score:4,661
Rank in 1980s84Overall Rank:568
Average Rating:  79/100 (433 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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106.

Black CelebrationUnited Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1986Appears in:252 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:3,642
Rank in 1980s106Overall Rank:698
Average Rating:  79/100 (355 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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292.

Some Great RewardUnited Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1984Appears in:143 charts
Rank in 1984:30Rank Score:1,250
Rank in 1980s292Overall Rank:1,799
Average Rating:  77/100 (202 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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385.

A Broken FrameUnited Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1982Appears in:71 charts
Rank in 1982:42Rank Score:832
Rank in 1980s385Overall Rank:2,479
Average Rating:  68/100 (129 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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465.

Speak And SpellUnited Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1981Appears in:96 charts
Rank in 1981:52Rank Score:668
Rank in 1980s465Overall Rank:2,943
Average Rating:  70/100 (139 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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473.

101United Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1989Appears in:54 charts
Rank in 1989:45Rank Score:651
Rank in 1980s473Overall Rank:2,989
Average Rating:  76/100 (104 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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583.

Construction Time AgainUnited Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1983Appears in:74 charts
Rank in 1983:53Rank Score:506
Rank in 1980s583Overall Rank:3,657
Average Rating:  71/100 (127 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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829.

The Singles 81→85
Compilation
United Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1985Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1985:70Rank Score:314
Rank in 1980s829Overall Rank:5,367
Average Rating:  77/100 (62 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 119 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 97 10%
1984 99 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 97 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%
Talking Heads 7 1%
Siouxsie And The Banshees 7 1%
R.E.M. 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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