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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 37,000 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.
19801,467281,817 Remain In Light (40th)
by Talking Heads
19811,504154,826 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,493197,676 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,476178,920 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,523242,536 Purple Rain (95th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,514189,510 Rain Dogs (109th)
by Tom Waits
19861,596266,288 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,763258,296 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,794242,526 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,851331,547 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total15,9812,343,942

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
2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,977 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:76,040
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,260 votes)
Comments: 212 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,571 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:55,865
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,809 votes)
Comments: 174 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,324 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:42,770
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:44
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,486 votes)
Comments: 105 comments
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8.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,166 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:33,316
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:67
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,505 votes)
Comments: 92 comments
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16.

Hounds Of LoveUnited Kingdom Kate Bush
Year of Release:1985Appears in:892 charts
Rank in 1985:2Rank Score:22,986
Rank in 1980s16Overall Rank:110
Average Rating:  84/100 (907 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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21.

Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:666 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:15,499
Rank in 1980s21Overall Rank:176
Average Rating:  84/100 (724 votes)
Comments: 45 comments
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22.

The SmithsUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1984Appears in:731 charts
Rank in 1984:2Rank Score:14,479
Rank in 1980s22Overall Rank:187
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,104 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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28.

Meat Is MurderUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1985Appears in:644 charts
Rank in 1985:3Rank Score:12,250
Rank in 1980s28Overall Rank:225
Average Rating:  82/100 (978 votes)
Comments: 52 comments
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29.

Brothers In ArmsUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1985Appears in:615 charts
Rank in 1985:4Rank Score:12,028
Rank in 1980s29Overall Rank:231
Average Rating:  77/100 (851 votes)
Comments: 60 comments
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32.

Strangeways, Here We ComeUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1987Appears in:576 charts
Rank in 1987:4Rank Score:11,225
Rank in 1980s32Overall Rank:249
Average Rating:  81/100 (858 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 117 12%
1982 102 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 97 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 99 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 101 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 420 42%
United States 391 39%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 19 2%
Mixed Nationality 17 2%
Ireland 17 2%
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