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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
10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:1,201 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:31,648
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:73
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,670 votes)
Comments: 111 comments
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33.

The Number Of The BeastUnited Kingdom Iron Maiden
Year of Release:1982Appears in:509 charts
Rank in 1982:2Rank Score:10,533
Rank in 1980s33Overall Rank:262
Average Rating:  80/100 (745 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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39.

NebraskaUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1982Appears in:525 charts
Rank in 1982:3Rank Score:9,294
Rank in 1980s39Overall Rank:304
Average Rating:  80/100 (743 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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45.

The DreamingUnited Kingdom Kate Bush
Year of Release:1982Appears in:401 charts
Rank in 1982:4Rank Score:7,972
Rank in 1980s45Overall Rank:353
Average Rating:  80/100 (491 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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46.

PornographyUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1982Appears in:480 charts
Rank in 1982:5Rank Score:7,474
Rank in 1980s46Overall Rank:366
Average Rating:  80/100 (669 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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67.

AvalonUnited Kingdom Roxy Music
Year of Release:1982Appears in:340 charts
Rank in 1982:6Rank Score:5,497
Rank in 1980s67Overall Rank:483
Average Rating:  79/100 (462 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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76.

1999United States Prince
Year of Release:1982Appears in:377 charts
Rank in 1982:7Rank Score:5,081
Rank in 1980s76Overall Rank:519
Average Rating:  79/100 (512 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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98.

Love Over GoldUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1982Appears in:251 charts
Rank in 1982:8Rank Score:3,873
Rank in 1980s98Overall Rank:657
Average Rating:  78/100 (354 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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100.

RioUnited Kingdom Duran Duran
Year of Release:1982Appears in:311 charts
Rank in 1982:9Rank Score:3,865
Rank in 1980s100Overall Rank:663
Average Rating:  75/100 (387 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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107.

The NightflyUnited States Donald Fagen
Year of Release:1982Appears in:229 charts
Rank in 1982:10Rank Score:3,603
Rank in 1980s107Overall Rank:702
Average Rating:  78/100 (248 votes)
Comments: 11 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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