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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
68.

Pretty Hate MachineMixed Nationality Nine Inch Nails
Year of Release:1989Appears in:351 charts
Rank in 1989:7Rank Score:5,385
Rank in 1980s68Overall Rank:490
Average Rating:  79/100 (492 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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144.

The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1Mixed Nationality The Traveling Wilburys
Year of Release:1988Appears in:212 charts
Rank in 1988:15Rank Score:2,571
Rank in 1980s144Overall Rank:959
Average Rating:  76/100 (274 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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177.

Within The Realm Of A Dying SunMixed Nationality Dead Can Dance
Year of Release:1987Appears in:127 charts
Rank in 1987:23Rank Score:2,198
Rank in 1980s177Overall Rank:1,116
Average Rating:  79/100 (157 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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210.

Double FantasyMixed Nationality John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Year of Release:1980Appears in:205 charts
Rank in 1980:33Rank Score:1,746
Rank in 1980s210Overall Rank:1,325
Average Rating:  74/100 (298 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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327.

Private DancerMixed Nationality Tina Turner
Year of Release:1984Appears in:135 charts
Rank in 1984:36Rank Score:1,059
Rank in 1980s327Overall Rank:2,051
Average Rating:  71/100 (158 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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357.

4Mixed Nationality Foreigner
Year of Release:1981Appears in:112 charts
Rank in 1981:35Rank Score:923
Rank in 1980s357Overall Rank:2,273
Average Rating:  72/100 (145 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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478.

The Serpent's EggMixed Nationality Dead Can Dance
Year of Release:1988Appears in:59 charts
Rank in 1988:46Rank Score:641
Rank in 1980s478Overall Rank:2,982
Average Rating:  77/100 (78 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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519.

Spleen And IdealMixed Nationality Dead Can Dance
Year of Release:1985Appears in:67 charts
Rank in 1985:42Rank Score:568
Rank in 1980s519Overall Rank:3,291
Average Rating:  78/100 (78 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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545.

Ambient 2: The Plateaux Of MirrorMixed Nationality Harold Budd & Brian Eno
Year of Release:1980Appears in:68 charts
Rank in 1980:68Rank Score:545
Rank in 1980s545Overall Rank:3,417
Average Rating:  78/100 (76 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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579.

Friday Night In San FranciscoMixed Nationality Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin & Paco de Lucía
Year of Release:1981Appears in:59 charts
Rank in 1981:69Rank Score:502
Rank in 1980s579Overall Rank:3,648
Average Rating:  76/100 (62 votes)
Comments: 2 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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