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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.
19801,515283,047 Remain In Light (40th)
by Talking Heads
19811,537155,909 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,514199,385 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,507180,541 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,544243,887 Purple Rain (96th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,542191,474 Hounds Of Love (106th)
by Kate Bush
19861,615267,911 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,783260,028 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,826244,191 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,883332,288 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,2662,358,660

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
72.

Pretty Hate MachineMixed Nationality Nine Inch Nails
Year of Release:1989Appears in:354 charts
Rank in 1989:7Rank Score:5,261
Rank in 1980s72Overall Rank:503
Average Rating:  79/100 (509 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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143.

The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1Mixed Nationality The Traveling Wilburys
Year of Release:1988Appears in:218 charts
Rank in 1988:15Rank Score:2,578
Rank in 1980s143Overall Rank:965
Average Rating:  76/100 (280 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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175.

Within The Realm Of A Dying SunMixed Nationality Dead Can Dance
Year of Release:1987Appears in:134 charts
Rank in 1987:23Rank Score:2,224
Rank in 1980s175Overall Rank:1,114
Average Rating:  80/100 (162 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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178.

Diamond LifeMixed Nationality Sade
Year of Release:1984Appears in:218 charts
Rank in 1984:18Rank Score:2,187
Rank in 1980s178Overall Rank:1,131
Average Rating:  79/100 (198 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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209.

Double FantasyMixed Nationality John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Year of Release:1980Appears in:210 charts
Rank in 1980:33Rank Score:1,779
Rank in 1980s209Overall Rank:1,321
Average Rating:  74/100 (308 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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328.

Private DancerMixed Nationality Tina Turner
Year of Release:1984Appears in:136 charts
Rank in 1984:37Rank Score:1,049
Rank in 1980s328Overall Rank:2,076
Average Rating:  71/100 (158 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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354.

4Mixed Nationality Foreigner
Year of Release:1981Appears in:115 charts
Rank in 1981:35Rank Score:944
Rank in 1980s354Overall Rank:2,258
Average Rating:  71/100 (147 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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476.

The Serpent's EggMixed Nationality Dead Can Dance
Year of Release:1988Appears in:61 charts
Rank in 1988:46Rank Score:646
Rank in 1980s476Overall Rank:2,990
Average Rating:  78/100 (81 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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515.

Spleen And IdealMixed Nationality Dead Can Dance
Year of Release:1985Appears in:70 charts
Rank in 1985:42Rank Score:576
Rank in 1980s515Overall Rank:3,275
Average Rating:  78/100 (83 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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528.

PromiseMixed Nationality Sade
Year of Release:1985Appears in:70 charts
Rank in 1985:44Rank Score:561
Rank in 1980s528Overall Rank:3,347
Average Rating:  75/100 (85 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 119 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 100 10%
1985 87 9%
1986 98 10%
1987 85 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
Siouxsie And The Banshees 7 1%
R.E.M. 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 417 42%
United States 392 39%
Australia 37 4%
Canada 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 21 2%
Germany 19 2%
Ireland 16 2%
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