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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
18.

MurmurUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1983Appears in:872 charts
Rank in 1983:1Rank Score:18,803
Rank in 1980s18Overall Rank:142
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,092 votes)
Comments: 79 comments
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48.

DocumentUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1987Appears in:518 charts
Rank in 1987:6Rank Score:7,124
Rank in 1980s48Overall Rank:385
Average Rating:  81/100 (690 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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58.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:392 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:6,259
Rank in 1980s58Overall Rank:428
Average Rating:  80/100 (555 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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82.

ReckoningUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1984Appears in:364 charts
Rank in 1984:15Rank Score:4,691
Rank in 1980s82Overall Rank:564
Average Rating:  80/100 (487 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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92.

GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:363 charts
Rank in 1988:11Rank Score:4,231
Rank in 1980s92Overall Rank:614
Average Rating:  78/100 (529 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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166.

Fables Of The ReconstructionUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1985Appears in:241 charts
Rank in 1985:16Rank Score:2,322
Rank in 1980s166Overall Rank:1,065
Average Rating:  76/100 (333 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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462.

Chronic TownUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1982Appears in:76 charts
Rank in 1982:50Rank Score:678
Rank in 1980s462Overall Rank:2,911
Average Rating:  78/100 (158 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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