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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 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.
19801,467281,817 Remain In Light (40th)
by Talking Heads
19811,504154,826 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,493197,676 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,476178,920 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,523242,536 Purple Rain (95th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,514189,510 Rain Dogs (109th)
by Tom Waits
19861,596266,288 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,763258,296 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,794242,526 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,851331,547 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total15,9812,343,942

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:735 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:17,476
Rank in 1980s19Overall Rank:152
Average Rating:  82/100 (947 votes)
Comments: 65 comments
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91.

Permanent WavesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1980Appears in:297 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:4,212
Rank in 1980s91Overall Rank:608
Average Rating:  81/100 (431 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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119.

I'm Your ManCanada Leonard Cohen
Year of Release:1988Appears in:237 charts
Rank in 1988:13Rank Score:3,312
Rank in 1980s119Overall Rank:758
Average Rating:  80/100 (263 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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197.

The Trinity SessionCanada Cowboy Junkies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:163 charts
Rank in 1988:23Rank Score:1,936
Rank in 1980s197Overall Rank:1,230
Average Rating:  77/100 (158 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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221.

RecklessCanada Bryan Adams
Year of Release:1984Appears in:124 charts
Rank in 1984:22Rank Score:1,680
Rank in 1980s221Overall Rank:1,375
Average Rating:  71/100 (169 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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254.

SignalsCanada Rush
Year of Release:1982Appears in:134 charts
Rank in 1982:28Rank Score:1,432
Rank in 1980s254Overall Rank:1,588
Average Rating:  78/100 (252 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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263.

WrongCanada NoMeansNo
Year of Release:1989Appears in:94 charts
Rank in 1989:24Rank Score:1,383
Rank in 1980s263Overall Rank:1,636
Average Rating:  77/100 (86 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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303.

FreedomCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1989Appears in:169 charts
Rank in 1989:28Rank Score:1,171
Rank in 1980s303Overall Rank:1,880
Average Rating:  78/100 (229 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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343.

Grace Under PressureCanada Rush
Year of Release:1984Appears in:96 charts
Rank in 1984:40Rank Score:986
Rank in 1980s343Overall Rank:2,171
Average Rating:  76/100 (191 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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384.

Up To HereCanada The Tragically Hip
Year of Release:1989Appears in:64 charts
Rank in 1989:34Rank Score:831
Rank in 1980s384Overall Rank:2,464
Average Rating:  75/100 (70 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 117 12%
1982 102 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 97 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 99 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 420 42%
United States 391 39%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 19 2%
Mixed Nationality 17 2%
Ireland 17 2%
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