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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.
19801,467281,817 Remain In Light (40th)
by Talking Heads
19811,504154,826 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,493197,676 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,476178,920 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,523242,536 Purple Rain (95th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,514189,510 Rain Dogs (109th)
by Tom Waits
19861,596266,288 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,763258,296 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,794242,526 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,851331,547 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total15,9812,343,942

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
19.

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:735 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:17,476
Rank in 1980s19Overall Rank:152
Average Rating:  82/100 (947 votes)
Comments: 65 comments
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94.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:273 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:3,993
Rank in 1980s94Overall Rank:638
Average Rating:  80/100 (368 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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96.

Computerwelt [Computer World]Germany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1981Appears in:301 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:3,904
Rank in 1980s96Overall Rank:651
Average Rating:  81/100 (363 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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101.

My Life In The Bush Of GhostsUnited Kingdom Brian Eno & David Byrne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:270 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:3,844
Rank in 1980s101Overall Rank:664
Average Rating:  78/100 (298 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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104.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:264 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:3,678
Rank in 1980s104Overall Rank:688
Average Rating:  76/100 (367 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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116.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie And The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:229 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:3,403
Rank in 1980s116Overall Rank:739
Average Rating:  79/100 (253 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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120.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:264 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:3,240
Rank in 1980s120Overall Rank:769
Average Rating:  77/100 (401 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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125.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:187 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:3,138
Rank in 1980s125Overall Rank:794
Average Rating:  74/100 (253 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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132.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:285 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:2,883
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:865
Average Rating:  75/100 (379 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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133.

DareUnited Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:248 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:2,838
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:869
Average Rating:  75/100 (311 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 117 12%
1982 102 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 97 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 99 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 420 42%
United States 391 39%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 19 2%
Mixed Nationality 17 2%
Ireland 17 2%
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