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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
1.

DoolittleUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1989Appears in:2,072 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:82,305
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,326 votes)
Comments: 237 comments
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5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,483 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:46,375
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:40
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,687 votes)
Comments: 137 comments
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7.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,238 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:38,068
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:56
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,463 votes)
Comments: 119 comments
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9.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,089 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:32,287
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:70
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,569 votes)
Comments: 134 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:1,198 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:31,576
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:73
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,663 votes)
Comments: 111 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,031 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:27,419
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:88
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,473 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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12.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:931 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:26,731
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:91
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,356 votes)
Comments: 85 comments
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13.

Purple RainUnited States Prince And The Revolution
Year of Release:1984Appears in:1,021 charts
Rank in 1984:1Rank Score:25,882
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:95
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,186 votes)
Comments: 89 comments
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15.

Rain DogsUnited States Tom Waits
Year of Release:1985Appears in:885 charts
Rank in 1985:1Rank Score:23,183
Rank in 1980s15Overall Rank:109
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,028 votes)
Comments: 65 comments
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17.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:839 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:20,337
Rank in 1980s17Overall Rank:126
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,034 votes)
Comments: 57 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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