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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
2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,987 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:76,272
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:20
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,315 votes)
Comments: 215 comments
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23.

The SmithsUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1984Appears in:737 charts
Rank in 1984:3Rank Score:14,405
Rank in 1980s23Overall Rank:193
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,134 votes)
Comments: 72 comments
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29.

Meat Is MurderUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1985Appears in:653 charts
Rank in 1985:4Rank Score:12,100
Rank in 1980s29Overall Rank:234
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,001 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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32.

Strangeways, Here We ComeUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1987Appears in:588 charts
Rank in 1987:4Rank Score:11,282
Rank in 1980s32Overall Rank:251
Average Rating:  81/100 (885 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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36.

Hatful Of Hollow
Compilation
United Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1984Appears in:449 charts
Rank in 1984:7Rank Score:9,865
Rank in 1980s36Overall Rank:287
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (768 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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71.

Louder Than Bombs
Compilation
United Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1987Appears in:241 charts
Rank in 1987:8Rank Score:5,251
Rank in 1980s71Overall Rank:502
Average Rating:  83/100 (519 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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651.

The World Won't Listen
Compilation
United Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1987Appears in:45 charts
Rank in 1987:60Rank Score:434
Rank in 1980s651Overall Rank:4,125
Average Rating:  80/100 (153 votes)
Comments: 11 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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