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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.
19801,543287,597 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,582160,228 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,552202,295 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,549183,647 Murmur (144th)
by R.E.M.
19841,577248,306 Purple Rain (97th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,581195,223 Hounds Of Love (103rd)
by Kate Bush
19861,662272,477 The Queen Is Dead (20th)
by The Smiths
19871,827265,283 The Joshua Tree (37th)
by U2
19881,887247,557 Daydream Nation (57th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,934338,172 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,6942,400,786

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
5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,530 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:47,752
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:39
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,773 votes)
Comments: 148 comments
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58.

Stop Making SenseUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1984Appears in:334 charts
Rank in 1984:11Rank Score:6,385
Rank in 1980s58Overall Rank:424
Average Rating:  82/100 (525 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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76.

Speaking In TonguesUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1983Appears in:378 charts
Rank in 1983:8Rank Score:5,146
Rank in 1980s76Overall Rank:525
Average Rating:  80/100 (527 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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251.

Little CreaturesUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1985Appears in:201 charts
Rank in 1985:21Rank Score:1,471
Rank in 1980s251Overall Rank:1,584
Average Rating:  75/100 (301 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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263.

The Name Of This Band Is Talking HeadsUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1982Appears in:111 charts
Rank in 1982:30Rank Score:1,401
Rank in 1980s263Overall Rank:1,653
Average Rating:  79/100 (175 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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453.

NakedUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1988Appears in:88 charts
Rank in 1988:41Rank Score:709
Rank in 1980s453Overall Rank:2,844
Average Rating:  69/100 (187 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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761.

True StoriesUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1986Appears in:74 charts
Rank in 1986:75Rank Score:358
Rank in 1980s761Overall Rank:4,862
Average Rating:  68/100 (168 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 109 11%
1981 117 12%
1982 100 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 101 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 98 10%
1987 86 9%
1988 101 10%
1989 102 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 388 39%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 21 2%
Germany 19 2%
Ireland 18 2%
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