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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 38,000 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.
19801,522284,067 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,546156,843 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,529199,864 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,518181,373 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,557244,506 Purple Rain (96th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,557192,375 Hounds Of Love (104th)
by Kate Bush
19861,628268,573 The Queen Is Dead (20th)
by The Smiths
19871,805261,370 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,845243,798 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,901333,488 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,4082,366,255

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
5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,502 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:47,146
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:39
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,741 votes)
Comments: 143 comments
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8.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,178 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:33,553
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:67
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,534 votes)
Comments: 94 comments
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14.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:977 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:25,238
Rank in 1980s14Overall Rank:100
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,523 votes)
Comments: 114 comments
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43.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:492 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:8,368
Rank in 1980s43Overall Rank:338
Average Rating:  81/100 (571 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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50.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:529 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:7,054
Rank in 1980s50Overall Rank:388
Average Rating:  81/100 (817 votes)
Comments: 43 comments
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51.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:453 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:7,037
Rank in 1980s51Overall Rank:389
Average Rating:  79/100 (669 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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62.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:356 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:5,992
Rank in 1980s62Overall Rank:453
Average Rating:  82/100 (400 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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85.

PretendersUnited Kingdom Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:349 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:4,623
Rank in 1980s85Overall Rank:573
Average Rating:  79/100 (421 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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87.

Making MoviesUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1980Appears in:286 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:4,393
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:589
Average Rating:  77/100 (419 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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88.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:317 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:4,385
Rank in 1980s88Overall Rank:591
Average Rating:  78/100 (478 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 118 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 97 10%
1984 99 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 98 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 101 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
R.E.M. 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
U2 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 414 41%
United States 392 39%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 22 2%
Germany 19 2%
Ireland 16 2%
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