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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
98.

Computerwelt [Computer World]Germany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1981Appears in:307 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:3,916
Rank in 1980s98Overall Rank:661
Average Rating:  81/100 (381 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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241.

BlackoutGermany Scorpions
Year of Release:1982Appears in:123 charts
Rank in 1982:25Rank Score:1,515
Rank in 1980s241Overall Rank:1,529
Average Rating:  75/100 (148 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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272.

E2-E4Germany Manuel Göttsching
Year of Release:1984Appears in:107 charts
Rank in 1984:25Rank Score:1,335
Rank in 1980s272Overall Rank:1,715
Average Rating:  80/100 (89 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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318.

Love At First StingGermany Scorpions
Year of Release:1984Appears in:103 charts
Rank in 1984:36Rank Score:1,123
Rank in 1980s318Overall Rank:1,974
Average Rating:  74/100 (148 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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447.

Halber MenschGermany Einstürzende Neubauten
Year of Release:1985Appears in:61 charts
Rank in 1985:35Rank Score:712
Rank in 1980s447Overall Rank:2,810
Average Rating:  75/100 (82 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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476.

Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part 1Germany Helloween
Year of Release:1987Appears in:54 charts
Rank in 1987:49Rank Score:648
Rank in 1980s476Overall Rank:3,004
Average Rating:  74/100 (75 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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502.

Monarchie Und AlltagGermany Fehlfarben
Year of Release:1980Appears in:41 charts
Rank in 1980:64Rank Score:602
Rank in 1980s502Overall Rank:3,178
Average Rating:  70/100 (50 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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520.

Zeichnungen Des Patienten O. T. / Drawings Of O.T.Germany Einstürzende Neubauten
Year of Release:1983Appears in:46 charts
Rank in 1983:46Rank Score:581
Rank in 1980s520Overall Rank:3,273
Average Rating:  74/100 (56 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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566.

Forever YoungGermany Alphaville
Year of Release:1984Appears in:57 charts
Rank in 1984:63Rank Score:528
Rank in 1980s566Overall Rank:3,547
Average Rating:  74/100 (55 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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590.

Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part 2Germany Helloween
Year of Release:1988Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1988:58Rank Score:497
Rank in 1980s590Overall Rank:3,700
Average Rating:  72/100 (72 votes)
Comments: 5 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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