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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.
19801,522284,067 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,546156,843 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,529199,864 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,518181,373 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,557244,506 Purple Rain (96th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,557192,375 Hounds Of Love (104th)
by Kate Bush
19861,628268,573 The Queen Is Dead (20th)
by The Smiths
19871,805261,370 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,845243,798 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,901333,488 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,4082,366,255

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
19.

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:750 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:17,571
Rank in 1980s19Overall Rank:152
Average Rating:  82/100 (971 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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93.

Permanent WavesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1980Appears in:298 charts
Rank in 1980:11Rank Score:4,219
Rank in 1980s93Overall Rank:618
Average Rating:  81/100 (436 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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120.

I'm Your ManCanada Leonard Cohen
Year of Release:1988Appears in:241 charts
Rank in 1988:13Rank Score:3,318
Rank in 1980s120Overall Rank:763
Average Rating:  80/100 (271 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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198.

The Trinity SessionCanada Cowboy Junkies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:167 charts
Rank in 1988:23Rank Score:1,954
Rank in 1980s198Overall Rank:1,237
Average Rating:  77/100 (162 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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208.

RecklessCanada Bryan Adams
Year of Release:1984Appears in:132 charts
Rank in 1984:21Rank Score:1,776
Rank in 1980s208Overall Rank:1,326
Average Rating:  71/100 (180 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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257.

WrongCanada NoMeansNo
Year of Release:1989Appears in:102 charts
Rank in 1989:24Rank Score:1,407
Rank in 1980s257Overall Rank:1,630
Average Rating:  77/100 (90 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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260.

SignalsCanada Rush
Year of Release:1982Appears in:132 charts
Rank in 1982:30Rank Score:1,391
Rank in 1980s260Overall Rank:1,651
Average Rating:  78/100 (257 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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316.

FreedomCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1989Appears in:168 charts
Rank in 1989:29Rank Score:1,127
Rank in 1980s316Overall Rank:1,965
Average Rating:  78/100 (232 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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350.

Grace Under PressureCanada Rush
Year of Release:1984Appears in:96 charts
Rank in 1984:41Rank Score:974
Rank in 1980s350Overall Rank:2,221
Average Rating:  76/100 (193 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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382.

Up To HereCanada The Tragically Hip
Year of Release:1989Appears in:65 charts
Rank in 1989:33Rank Score:842
Rank in 1980s382Overall Rank:2,456
Average Rating:  75/100 (72 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 118 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 97 10%
1984 99 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 98 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 101 10%
1989 101 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 392 39%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 22 2%
Germany 19 2%
Ireland 16 2%
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