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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
19.

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:722 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:17,255
Rank in 1980s19Overall Rank:153
Average Rating:  82/100 (932 votes)
Comments: 65 comments
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94.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:267 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:3,912
Rank in 1980s94Overall Rank:638
Average Rating:  80/100 (357 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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96.

Computerwelt [Computer World]Germany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1981Appears in:293 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:3,899
Rank in 1980s96Overall Rank:641
Average Rating:  80/100 (348 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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100.

My Life In The Bush Of GhostsUnited Kingdom Brian Eno & David Byrne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:270 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:3,780
Rank in 1980s100Overall Rank:661
Average Rating:  78/100 (290 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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102.

DamagedUnited States Black Flag
Year of Release:1981Appears in:262 charts
Rank in 1981:5Rank Score:3,736
Rank in 1980s102Overall Rank:672
Average Rating:  76/100 (361 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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116.

JujuUnited Kingdom Siouxsie And The Banshees
Year of Release:1981Appears in:226 charts
Rank in 1981:6Rank Score:3,318
Rank in 1980s116Overall Rank:742
Average Rating:  79/100 (250 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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119.

FaithUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1981Appears in:261 charts
Rank in 1981:7Rank Score:3,246
Rank in 1980s119Overall Rank:761
Average Rating:  77/100 (389 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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124.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:178 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:3,077
Rank in 1980s124Overall Rank:793
Average Rating:  74/100 (244 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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130.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:290 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:2,908
Rank in 1980s130Overall Rank:845
Average Rating:  75/100 (375 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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134.

DareUnited Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:247 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:2,775
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:879
Average Rating:  74/100 (308 votes)
Comments: 22 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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