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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
19.

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:722 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:17,255
Rank in 1980s19Overall Rank:153
Average Rating:  82/100 (932 votes)
Comments: 65 comments
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88.

Permanent WavesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1980Appears in:292 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:4,258
Rank in 1980s88Overall Rank:586
Average Rating:  81/100 (418 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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121.

I'm Your ManCanada Leonard Cohen
Year of Release:1988Appears in:228 charts
Rank in 1988:13Rank Score:3,158
Rank in 1980s121Overall Rank:773
Average Rating:  80/100 (260 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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199.

The Trinity SessionCanada Cowboy Junkies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:164 charts
Rank in 1988:23Rank Score:1,883
Rank in 1980s199Overall Rank:1,237
Average Rating:  77/100 (155 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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234.

RecklessCanada Bryan Adams
Year of Release:1984Appears in:127 charts
Rank in 1984:22Rank Score:1,545
Rank in 1980s234Overall Rank:1,462
Average Rating:  71/100 (165 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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250.

SignalsCanada Rush
Year of Release:1982Appears in:136 charts
Rank in 1982:26Rank Score:1,422
Rank in 1980s250Overall Rank:1,569
Average Rating:  78/100 (246 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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261.

WrongCanada NoMeansNo
Year of Release:1989Appears in:92 charts
Rank in 1989:24Rank Score:1,354
Rank in 1980s261Overall Rank:1,635
Average Rating:  77/100 (84 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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307.

FreedomCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1989Appears in:168 charts
Rank in 1989:28Rank Score:1,146
Rank in 1980s307Overall Rank:1,875
Average Rating:  78/100 (224 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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340.

Grace Under PressureCanada Rush
Year of Release:1984Appears in:93 charts
Rank in 1984:40Rank Score:980
Rank in 1980s340Overall Rank:2,133
Average Rating:  76/100 (186 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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368.

Up To HereCanada The Tragically Hip
Year of Release:1989Appears in:62 charts
Rank in 1989:31Rank Score:873
Rank in 1980s368Overall Rank:2,340
Average Rating:  74/100 (69 votes)
Comments: 5 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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