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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
18.

MurmurUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1983Appears in:848 charts
Rank in 1983:1Rank Score:18,333
Rank in 1980s18Overall Rank:141
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,043 votes)
Comments: 76 comments
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48.

DocumentUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1987Appears in:504 charts
Rank in 1987:6Rank Score:6,980
Rank in 1980s48Overall Rank:381
Average Rating:  81/100 (658 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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59.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:379 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:6,203
Rank in 1980s59Overall Rank:420
Average Rating:  80/100 (533 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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82.

ReckoningUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1984Appears in:338 charts
Rank in 1984:15Rank Score:4,531
Rank in 1980s82Overall Rank:566
Average Rating:  80/100 (464 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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89.

GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:358 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:4,143
Rank in 1980s89Overall Rank:602
Average Rating:  78/100 (513 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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175.

Fables Of The ReconstructionUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1985Appears in:227 charts
Rank in 1985:16Rank Score:2,184
Rank in 1980s175Overall Rank:1,101
Average Rating:  76/100 (315 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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425.

Chronic TownUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1982Appears in:69 charts
Rank in 1982:46Rank Score:748
Rank in 1980s425Overall Rank:2,625
Average Rating:  78/100 (149 votes)
Comments: 11 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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