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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 (105th)
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
10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:1,216 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:31,849
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:72
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,709 votes)
Comments: 121 comments
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33.

The Number Of The BeastUnited Kingdom Iron Maiden
Year of Release:1982Appears in:513 charts
Rank in 1982:2Rank Score:10,657
Rank in 1980s33Overall Rank:263
Average Rating:  80/100 (769 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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38.

NebraskaUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1982Appears in:538 charts
Rank in 1982:3Rank Score:9,515
Rank in 1980s38Overall Rank:300
Average Rating:  80/100 (763 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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45.

The DreamingUnited Kingdom Kate Bush
Year of Release:1982Appears in:410 charts
Rank in 1982:4Rank Score:8,176
Rank in 1980s45Overall Rank:347
Average Rating:  80/100 (513 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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46.

PornographyUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1982Appears in:490 charts
Rank in 1982:5Rank Score:7,577
Rank in 1980s46Overall Rank:365
Average Rating:  80/100 (689 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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67.

AvalonUnited Kingdom Roxy Music
Year of Release:1982Appears in:346 charts
Rank in 1982:6Rank Score:5,437
Rank in 1980s67Overall Rank:486
Average Rating:  79/100 (478 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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76.

1999United States Prince
Year of Release:1982Appears in:387 charts
Rank in 1982:7Rank Score:5,147
Rank in 1980s76Overall Rank:516
Average Rating:  79/100 (527 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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95.

Love Over GoldUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1982Appears in:259 charts
Rank in 1982:8Rank Score:4,000
Rank in 1980s95Overall Rank:647
Average Rating:  78/100 (367 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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99.

RioUnited Kingdom Duran Duran
Year of Release:1982Appears in:321 charts
Rank in 1982:9Rank Score:3,910
Rank in 1980s99Overall Rank:662
Average Rating:  75/100 (406 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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107.

The NightflyUnited States Donald Fagen
Year of Release:1982Appears in:237 charts
Rank in 1982:10Rank Score:3,623
Rank in 1980s107Overall Rank:703
Average Rating:  78/100 (263 votes)
Comments: 12 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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