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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 35,000 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.
19801,424278,380 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,470152,617 Moving Pictures (153rd)
by Rush
19821,464194,406 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,437176,768 Murmur (141st)
by R.E.M.
19841,478239,023 Purple Rain (95th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,476186,253 Rain Dogs (109th)
by Tom Waits
19861,545262,362 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,720254,431 The Joshua Tree (35th)
by U2
19881,741239,041 Daydream Nation (55th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,803327,537 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total15,5582,310,818

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, U2, The Cure, Talking Heads, The Stone Roses, Metallica, Sonic Youth and R.E.M..
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RankAlbumArtist
5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,461 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:46,010
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:39
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,652 votes)
Comments: 134 comments
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8.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,149 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:33,220
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:65
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,473 votes)
Comments: 90 comments
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14.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:948 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:24,997
Rank in 1980s14Overall Rank:100
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,465 votes)
Comments: 110 comments
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41.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:473 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:8,377
Rank in 1980s41Overall Rank:332
Average Rating:  81/100 (538 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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50.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:508 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:6,894
Rank in 1980s50Overall Rank:385
Average Rating:  81/100 (766 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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51.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:425 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:6,856
Rank in 1980s51Overall Rank:386
Average Rating:  79/100 (639 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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64.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:342 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:5,692
Rank in 1980s64Overall Rank:458
Average Rating:  82/100 (372 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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80.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:341 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:4,631
Rank in 1980s80Overall Rank:550
Average Rating:  79/100 (404 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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87.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:302 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:4,348
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:578
Average Rating:  78/100 (451 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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88.

Permanent WavesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1980Appears in:292 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:4,258
Rank in 1980s88Overall Rank:586
Average Rating:  81/100 (418 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 110 11%
1981 120 12%
1982 102 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 96 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 99 10%
1987 86 9%
1988 104 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 419 42%
United States 395 40%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 26 3%
Germany 19 2%
Mixed Nationality 16 2%
Ireland 16 2%
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