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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.
19801,497283,371 Remain In Light (40th)
by Talking Heads
19811,520155,495 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,507199,300 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,492179,998 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,533243,855 Purple Rain (96th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,526191,304 Hounds Of Love (105th)
by Kate Bush
19861,603267,729 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,770259,730 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,806243,668 Daydream Nation (57th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,864332,779 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,1182,357,228

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
4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,503 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:49,458
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:36
Average Rating:  82/100 (2,003 votes)
Comments: 194 comments
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43.

WarIreland U2
Year of Release:1983Appears in:566 charts
Rank in 1983:5Rank Score:8,394
Rank in 1980s43Overall Rank:335
Average Rating:  79/100 (948 votes)
Comments: 71 comments
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56.

The Unforgettable FireIreland U2
Year of Release:1984Appears in:423 charts
Rank in 1984:10Rank Score:6,457
Rank in 1980s56Overall Rank:410
Average Rating:  77/100 (771 votes)
Comments: 46 comments
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111.

BoyIreland U2
Year of Release:1980Appears in:301 charts
Rank in 1980:15Rank Score:3,561
Rank in 1980s111Overall Rank:715
Average Rating:  75/100 (591 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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149.

Rattle And HumIreland U2
Year of Release:1988Appears in:229 charts
Rank in 1988:17Rank Score:2,497
Rank in 1980s149Overall Rank:988
Average Rating:  72/100 (519 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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307.

OctoberIreland U2
Year of Release:1981Appears in:145 charts
Rank in 1981:29Rank Score:1,165
Rank in 1980s307Overall Rank:1,893
Average Rating:  72/100 (316 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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467.

Under A Blood Red SkyIreland U2
Year of Release:1983Appears in:103 charts
Rank in 1983:42Rank Score:664
Rank in 1980s467Overall Rank:2,928
Average Rating:  76/100 (235 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 117 12%
1982 100 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 97 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 99 10%
1987 88 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 102 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 419 42%
United States 392 39%
Australia 33 3%
Canada 27 3%
Mixed Nationality 22 2%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 17 2%
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