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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
10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:1,184 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:31,159
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:73
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,636 votes)
Comments: 110 comments
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34.

The Number Of The BeastUnited Kingdom Iron Maiden
Year of Release:1982Appears in:487 charts
Rank in 1982:2Rank Score:10,088
Rank in 1980s34Overall Rank:269
Average Rating:  79/100 (727 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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39.

NebraskaUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1982Appears in:513 charts
Rank in 1982:3Rank Score:9,224
Rank in 1980s39Overall Rank:304
Average Rating:  80/100 (730 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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45.

The DreamingUnited Kingdom Kate Bush
Year of Release:1982Appears in:391 charts
Rank in 1982:4Rank Score:7,856
Rank in 1980s45Overall Rank:352
Average Rating:  80/100 (478 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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46.

PornographyUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1982Appears in:470 charts
Rank in 1982:5Rank Score:7,463
Rank in 1980s46Overall Rank:362
Average Rating:  80/100 (655 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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67.

AvalonUnited Kingdom Roxy Music
Year of Release:1982Appears in:333 charts
Rank in 1982:6Rank Score:5,371
Rank in 1980s67Overall Rank:481
Average Rating:  78/100 (450 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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77.

1999United States Prince
Year of Release:1982Appears in:369 charts
Rank in 1982:7Rank Score:4,824
Rank in 1980s77Overall Rank:534
Average Rating:  79/100 (499 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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98.

RioUnited Kingdom Duran Duran
Year of Release:1982Appears in:313 charts
Rank in 1982:8Rank Score:3,828
Rank in 1980s98Overall Rank:650
Average Rating:  76/100 (384 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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101.

Love Over GoldUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1982Appears in:247 charts
Rank in 1982:9Rank Score:3,747
Rank in 1980s101Overall Rank:670
Average Rating:  78/100 (345 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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109.

The NightflyUnited States Donald Fagen
Year of Release:1982Appears in:222 charts
Rank in 1982:10Rank Score:3,489
Rank in 1980s109Overall Rank:707
Average Rating:  78/100 (244 votes)
Comments: 11 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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