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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 36,000 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.
19801,465281,043 Remain In Light (40th)
by Talking Heads
19811,502154,660 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,491197,277 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,475178,524 Murmur (141st)
by R.E.M.
19841,521241,936 Purple Rain (95th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,512189,123 Rain Dogs (109th)
by Tom Waits
19861,595265,703 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,760257,283 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,790241,811 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,849330,743 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total15,9602,338,103

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, U2, Talking Heads, The Stone Roses, Metallica, Sonic Youth and R.E.M..
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RankAlbumArtist
14.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:957 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:25,202
Rank in 1980s14Overall Rank:101
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,486 votes)
Comments: 112 comments
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123.

KickAustralia INXS
Year of Release:1987Appears in:300 charts
Rank in 1987:14Rank Score:3,146
Rank in 1980s123Overall Rank:788
Average Rating:  74/100 (313 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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140.

Diesel And DustAustralia Midnight Oil
Year of Release:1987Appears in:211 charts
Rank in 1987:17Rank Score:2,635
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:937
Average Rating:  75/100 (227 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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167.

16 Lovers LaneAustralia The Go-Betweens
Year of Release:1988Appears in:181 charts
Rank in 1988:18Rank Score:2,277
Rank in 1980s167Overall Rank:1,069
Average Rating:  79/100 (172 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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170.

Tender PreyAustralia Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
Year of Release:1988Appears in:217 charts
Rank in 1988:19Rank Score:2,264
Rank in 1980s170Overall Rank:1,080
Average Rating:  80/100 (226 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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207.

StarfishAustralia The Church
Year of Release:1988Appears in:153 charts
Rank in 1988:25Rank Score:1,765
Rank in 1980s207Overall Rank:1,313
Average Rating:  78/100 (151 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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264.

Born Sandy DevotionalAustralia The Triffids
Year of Release:1986Appears in:88 charts
Rank in 1986:22Rank Score:1,370
Rank in 1980s264Overall Rank:1,648
Average Rating:  77/100 (94 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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265.

NailAustralia Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel
Year of Release:1985Appears in:95 charts
Rank in 1985:21Rank Score:1,364
Rank in 1980s265Overall Rank:1,655
Average Rating:  75/100 (104 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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294.

From Her To EternityAustralia Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
Year of Release:1984Appears in:166 charts
Rank in 1984:29Rank Score:1,211
Rank in 1980s294Overall Rank:1,825
Average Rating:  77/100 (199 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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298.

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1Australia Midnight Oil
Year of Release:1982Appears in:87 charts
Rank in 1982:33Rank Score:1,192
Rank in 1980s298Overall Rank:1,846
Average Rating:  74/100 (103 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 117 12%
1982 103 10%
1983 99 10%
1984 96 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 99 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
U2 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
Siouxsie And The Banshees 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 421 42%
United States 391 39%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 19 2%
Ireland 17 2%
Mixed Nationality 16 2%
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