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Best Albums of the 1980s

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.
19801,514283,078 Remain In Light (40th)
by Talking Heads
19811,536155,825 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,514199,668 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,507180,628 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,544243,914 Purple Rain (96th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,542191,588 Hounds Of Love (105th)
by Kate Bush
19861,612268,059 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,783260,155 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,824244,149 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,883332,436 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,2592,359,501

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
14.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:972 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:25,118
Rank in 1980s14Overall Rank:102
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,509 votes)
Comments: 113 comments
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123.

KickAustralia INXS
Year of Release:1987Appears in:304 charts
Rank in 1987:14Rank Score:3,206
Rank in 1980s123Overall Rank:783
Average Rating:  74/100 (319 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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141.

Diesel And DustAustralia Midnight Oil
Year of Release:1987Appears in:217 charts
Rank in 1987:18Rank Score:2,672
Rank in 1980s141Overall Rank:927
Average Rating:  75/100 (231 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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168.

16 Lovers LaneAustralia The Go-Betweens
Year of Release:1988Appears in:181 charts
Rank in 1988:18Rank Score:2,291
Rank in 1980s168Overall Rank:1,072
Average Rating:  79/100 (177 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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180.

Tender PreyAustralia Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
Year of Release:1988Appears in:220 charts
Rank in 1988:21Rank Score:2,180
Rank in 1980s180Overall Rank:1,136
Average Rating:  80/100 (235 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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203.

StarfishAustralia The Church
Year of Release:1988Appears in:152 charts
Rank in 1988:24Rank Score:1,825
Rank in 1980s203Overall Rank:1,286
Average Rating:  78/100 (157 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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266.

Born Sandy DevotionalAustralia The Triffids
Year of Release:1986Appears in:88 charts
Rank in 1986:23Rank Score:1,373
Rank in 1980s266Overall Rank:1,659
Average Rating:  77/100 (98 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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267.

NailAustralia Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel
Year of Release:1985Appears in:97 charts
Rank in 1985:21Rank Score:1,372
Rank in 1980s267Overall Rank:1,660
Average Rating:  75/100 (106 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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289.

From Her To EternityAustralia Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
Year of Release:1984Appears in:167 charts
Rank in 1984:29Rank Score:1,242
Rank in 1980s289Overall Rank:1,797
Average Rating:  77/100 (202 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:1,208
Rank in 1980s298Overall Rank:1,849
Average Rating:  74/100 (105 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 119 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 100 10%
1985 87 9%
1986 98 10%
1987 85 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
Siouxsie And The Banshees 7 1%
R.E.M. 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 420 42%
United States 392 39%
Australia 37 4%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 19 2%
Mixed Nationality 18 2%
Ireland 16 2%
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