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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
2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,945 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:75,245
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,220 votes)
Comments: 212 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,550 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:55,968
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,782 votes)
Comments: 171 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,296 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:42,410
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:44
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,453 votes)
Comments: 105 comments
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8.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,149 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:33,220
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:65
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,473 votes)
Comments: 90 comments
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16.

Hounds Of LoveUnited Kingdom Kate Bush
Year of Release:1985Appears in:877 charts
Rank in 1985:2Rank Score:22,678
Rank in 1980s16Overall Rank:110
Average Rating:  84/100 (883 votes)
Comments: 65 comments
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20.

Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:650 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:15,307
Rank in 1980s20Overall Rank:175
Average Rating:  84/100 (704 votes)
Comments: 44 comments
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23.

The SmithsUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1984Appears in:715 charts
Rank in 1984:3Rank Score:14,226
Rank in 1980s23Overall Rank:188
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,073 votes)
Comments: 68 comments
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27.

Meat Is MurderUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1985Appears in:633 charts
Rank in 1985:3Rank Score:12,186
Rank in 1980s27Overall Rank:224
Average Rating:  82/100 (954 votes)
Comments: 52 comments
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29.

Brothers In ArmsUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1985Appears in:599 charts
Rank in 1985:4Rank Score:11,715
Rank in 1980s29Overall Rank:232
Average Rating:  77/100 (829 votes)
Comments: 58 comments
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32.

Strangeways, Here We ComeUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1987Appears in:565 charts
Rank in 1987:4Rank Score:11,147
Rank in 1980s32Overall Rank:245
Average Rating:  81/100 (835 votes)
Comments: 53 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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