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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
1.

DoolittleUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1989Appears in:2,094 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:83,147
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,374 votes)
Comments: 244 comments
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5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,496 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:46,719
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:40
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,721 votes)
Comments: 142 comments
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7.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,257 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:38,163
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:56
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,480 votes)
Comments: 120 comments
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9.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,104 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:32,607
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:70
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,593 votes)
Comments: 136 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:1,218 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:31,899
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:72
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,691 votes)
Comments: 117 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,047 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:27,595
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:86
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,503 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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12.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:953 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:27,112
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:91
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,386 votes)
Comments: 87 comments
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13.

Purple RainUnited States Prince And The Revolution
Year of Release:1984Appears in:1,034 charts
Rank in 1984:1Rank Score:26,027
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:96
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,205 votes)
Comments: 90 comments
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16.

Rain DogsUnited States Tom Waits
Year of Release:1985Appears in:893 charts
Rank in 1985:2Rank Score:23,316
Rank in 1980s16Overall Rank:109
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,049 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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17.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:858 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:20,500
Rank in 1980s17Overall Rank:125
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,048 votes)
Comments: 58 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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