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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.
19801,467281,817 Remain In Light (40th)
by Talking Heads
19811,504154,826 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,493197,676 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,476178,920 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,523242,536 Purple Rain (95th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,514189,510 Rain Dogs (109th)
by Tom Waits
19861,596266,288 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,763258,296 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,794242,526 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,851331,547 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total15,9812,343,942

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:858 charts
Rank in 1983:1Rank Score:18,626
Rank in 1980s18Overall Rank:142
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,069 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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48.

DocumentUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1987Appears in:511 charts
Rank in 1987:6Rank Score:7,038
Rank in 1980s48Overall Rank:384
Average Rating:  81/100 (670 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:6,308
Rank in 1980s58Overall Rank:418
Average Rating:  80/100 (545 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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81.

ReckoningUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1984Appears in:354 charts
Rank in 1984:15Rank Score:4,664
Rank in 1980s81Overall Rank:557
Average Rating:  80/100 (472 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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89.

GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:363 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:4,224
Rank in 1980s89Overall Rank:605
Average Rating:  78/100 (518 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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172.

Fables Of The ReconstructionUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1985Appears in:235 charts
Rank in 1985:16Rank Score:2,237
Rank in 1980s172Overall Rank:1,099
Average Rating:  76/100 (320 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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449.

Chronic TownUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1982Appears in:72 charts
Rank in 1982:48Rank Score:702
Rank in 1980s449Overall Rank:2,795
Average Rating:  78/100 (150 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 117 12%
1982 102 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 97 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 99 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 101 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 420 42%
United States 391 39%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 19 2%
Mixed Nationality 17 2%
Ireland 17 2%
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