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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
19.

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:750 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:17,571
Rank in 1980s19Overall Rank:152
Average Rating:  82/100 (969 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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94.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:277 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:4,050
Rank in 1980s94Overall Rank:637
Average Rating:  80/100 (382 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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98.

Computerwelt [Computer World]Germany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1981Appears in:307 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:3,916
Rank in 1980s98Overall Rank:661
Average Rating:  81/100 (381 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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100.

My Life In The Bush Of GhostsMixed Nationality Brian Eno & David Byrne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:276 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:3,871
Rank in 1980s100Overall Rank:666
Average Rating:  78/100 (311 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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104.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:271 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:3,696
Rank in 1980s104Overall Rank:691
Average Rating:  76/100 (377 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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115.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie And The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:244 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:3,432
Rank in 1980s115Overall Rank:741
Average Rating:  79/100 (264 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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121.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:270 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:3,264
Rank in 1980s121Overall Rank:779
Average Rating:  77/100 (409 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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125.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:191 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:3,159
Rank in 1980s125Overall Rank:802
Average Rating:  75/100 (259 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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130.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:298 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:3,002
Rank in 1980s130Overall Rank:849
Average Rating:  75/100 (385 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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131.

DareUnited Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:258 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:2,991
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:851
Average Rating:  75/100 (319 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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