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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 36,000 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.
19801,465281,043 Remain In Light (40th)
by Talking Heads
19811,502154,660 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,491197,277 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,475178,524 Murmur (141st)
by R.E.M.
19841,521241,936 Purple Rain (95th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,512189,123 Rain Dogs (109th)
by Tom Waits
19861,595265,703 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,760257,283 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,790241,811 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,849330,743 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total15,9602,338,103

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, U2, 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:1,494 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:49,243
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:36
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,989 votes)
Comments: 191 comments
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43.

WarIreland U2
Year of Release:1983Appears in:561 charts
Rank in 1983:5Rank Score:8,324
Rank in 1980s43Overall Rank:335
Average Rating:  79/100 (941 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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56.

The Unforgettable FireIreland U2
Year of Release:1984Appears in:421 charts
Rank in 1984:10Rank Score:6,458
Rank in 1980s56Overall Rank:409
Average Rating:  77/100 (765 votes)
Comments: 44 comments
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70.

Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:391 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:5,345
Rank in 1980s70Overall Rank:495
Average Rating:  80/100 (524 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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111.

BoyIreland U2
Year of Release:1980Appears in:299 charts
Rank in 1980:15Rank Score:3,553
Rank in 1980s111Overall Rank:711
Average Rating:  75/100 (585 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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151.

This Is The SeaIreland The Waterboys
Year of Release:1985Appears in:182 charts
Rank in 1985:14Rank Score:2,482
Rank in 1980s151Overall Rank:987
Average Rating:  79/100 (180 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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154.

Rattle And HumIreland U2
Year of Release:1988Appears in:226 charts
Rank in 1988:17Rank Score:2,475
Rank in 1980s154Overall Rank:992
Average Rating:  72/100 (511 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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183.

Fisherman's BluesIreland The Waterboys
Year of Release:1988Appears in:160 charts
Rank in 1988:22Rank Score:2,143
Rank in 1980s183Overall Rank:1,143
Average Rating:  78/100 (149 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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220.

The Lion And The CobraIreland Sinéad O'Connor
Year of Release:1987Appears in:129 charts
Rank in 1987:27Rank Score:1,684
Rank in 1980s220Overall Rank:1,371
Average Rating:  75/100 (131 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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232.

WatermarkIreland Enya
Year of Release:1988Appears in:133 charts
Rank in 1988:26Rank Score:1,615
Rank in 1980s232Overall Rank:1,439
Average Rating:  73/100 (174 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 117 12%
1982 103 10%
1983 99 10%
1984 96 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 99 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
U2 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
Siouxsie And The Banshees 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 421 42%
United States 391 39%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 19 2%
Ireland 17 2%
Mixed Nationality 16 2%
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