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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
96.

Computerwelt [Computer World]Germany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1981Appears in:293 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:3,899
Rank in 1980s96Overall Rank:641
Average Rating:  80/100 (348 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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236.

BlackoutGermany Scorpions
Year of Release:1982Appears in:122 charts
Rank in 1982:23Rank Score:1,495
Rank in 1980s236Overall Rank:1,498
Average Rating:  75/100 (140 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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282.

E2-E4Germany Manuel Göttsching
Year of Release:1984Appears in:97 charts
Rank in 1984:28Rank Score:1,242
Rank in 1980s282Overall Rank:1,748
Average Rating:  80/100 (83 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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311.

Love At First StingGermany Scorpions
Year of Release:1984Appears in:102 charts
Rank in 1984:33Rank Score:1,128
Rank in 1980s311Overall Rank:1,908
Average Rating:  74/100 (144 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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421.

Halber MenschGermany Einstürzende Neubauten
Year of Release:1985Appears in:57 charts
Rank in 1985:34Rank Score:759
Rank in 1980s421Overall Rank:2,601
Average Rating:  74/100 (75 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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492.

Monarchie Und AlltagGermany Fehlfarben
Year of Release:1980Appears in:41 charts
Rank in 1980:63Rank Score:607
Rank in 1980s492Overall Rank:3,065
Average Rating:  70/100 (46 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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493.

Zeichnungen Des Patienten O. T. / Drawings Of O.T.Germany Einstürzende Neubauten
Year of Release:1983Appears in:47 charts
Rank in 1983:45Rank Score:601
Rank in 1980s493Overall Rank:3,088
Average Rating:  74/100 (56 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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529.

Forever YoungGermany Alphaville
Year of Release:1984Appears in:59 charts
Rank in 1984:57Rank Score:552
Rank in 1980s529Overall Rank:3,313
Average Rating:  75/100 (56 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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545.

Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part 1Germany Helloween
Year of Release:1987Appears in:46 charts
Rank in 1987:51Rank Score:534
Rank in 1980s545Overall Rank:3,403
Average Rating:  74/100 (74 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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584.

Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part 2Germany Helloween
Year of Release:1988Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1988:58Rank Score:488
Rank in 1980s584Overall Rank:3,652
Average Rating:  72/100 (68 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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