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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.
19801,423278,329 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,470152,678 Moving Pictures (153rd)
by Rush
19821,462194,130 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,435176,690 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,477239,019 Purple Rain (96th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,472186,151 Rain Dogs (109th)
by Tom Waits
19861,544262,377 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,718254,341 The Joshua Tree (35th)
by U2
19881,741238,836 Daydream Nation (55th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,803327,631 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total15,5452,310,181

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
4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,477 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:49,110
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:35
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,964 votes)
Comments: 190 comments
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43.

WarIreland U2
Year of Release:1983Appears in:548 charts
Rank in 1983:5Rank Score:8,336
Rank in 1980s43Overall Rank:335
Average Rating:  79/100 (921 votes)
Comments: 68 comments
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55.

The Unforgettable FireIreland U2
Year of Release:1984Appears in:410 charts
Rank in 1984:9Rank Score:6,449
Rank in 1980s55Overall Rank:402
Average Rating:  77/100 (752 votes)
Comments: 44 comments
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73.

Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:385 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:5,058
Rank in 1980s73Overall Rank:510
Average Rating:  80/100 (513 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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112.

BoyIreland U2
Year of Release:1980Appears in:289 charts
Rank in 1980:15Rank Score:3,480
Rank in 1980s112Overall Rank:713
Average Rating:  75/100 (578 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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155.

This Is The SeaIreland The Waterboys
Year of Release:1985Appears in:176 charts
Rank in 1985:14Rank Score:2,413
Rank in 1980s155Overall Rank:997
Average Rating:  79/100 (179 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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158.

Rattle And HumIreland U2
Year of Release:1988Appears in:227 charts
Rank in 1988:17Rank Score:2,386
Rank in 1980s158Overall Rank:1,011
Average Rating:  72/100 (503 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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179.

Fisherman's BluesIreland The Waterboys
Year of Release:1988Appears in:161 charts
Rank in 1988:22Rank Score:2,145
Rank in 1980s179Overall Rank:1,120
Average Rating:  78/100 (147 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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226.

The Lion And The CobraIreland Sinéad O'Connor
Year of Release:1987Appears in:121 charts
Rank in 1987:28Rank Score:1,630
Rank in 1980s226Overall Rank:1,396
Average Rating:  75/100 (128 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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243.

WatermarkIreland Enya
Year of Release:1988Appears in:132 charts
Rank in 1988:26Rank Score:1,469
Rank in 1980s243Overall Rank:1,525
Average Rating:  72/100 (170 votes)
Comments: 9 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%
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 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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