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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
18.

MurmurUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1983Appears in:872 charts
Rank in 1983:1Rank Score:18,802
Rank in 1980s18Overall Rank:142
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,091 votes)
Comments: 79 comments
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26.

Violent FemmesUnited States Violent Femmes
Year of Release:1983Appears in:696 charts
Rank in 1983:2Rank Score:13,428
Rank in 1980s26Overall Rank:206
Average Rating:  82/100 (766 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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37.

SynchronicityUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1983Appears in:596 charts
Rank in 1983:3Rank Score:9,646
Rank in 1980s37Overall Rank:293
Average Rating:  78/100 (779 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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40.

Power, Corruption And LiesUnited Kingdom New Order
Year of Release:1983Appears in:556 charts
Rank in 1983:4Rank Score:9,261
Rank in 1980s40Overall Rank:311
Average Rating:  82/100 (685 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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44.

WarIreland U2
Year of Release:1983Appears in:566 charts
Rank in 1983:5Rank Score:8,222
Rank in 1980s44Overall Rank:342
Average Rating:  79/100 (961 votes)
Comments: 71 comments
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49.

SwordfishtrombonesUnited States Tom Waits
Year of Release:1983Appears in:468 charts
Rank in 1983:6Rank Score:7,077
Rank in 1980s49Overall Rank:386
Average Rating:  82/100 (576 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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74.

Kill 'Em AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1983Appears in:341 charts
Rank in 1983:7Rank Score:5,231
Rank in 1980s74Overall Rank:510
Average Rating:  78/100 (706 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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77.

Speaking In TonguesUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1983Appears in:367 charts
Rank in 1983:8Rank Score:5,093
Rank in 1980s77Overall Rank:520
Average Rating:  80/100 (511 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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101.

The Final CutUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1983Appears in:290 charts
Rank in 1983:9Rank Score:3,842
Rank in 1980s101Overall Rank:672
Average Rating:  71/100 (795 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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119.

PyromaniaUnited Kingdom Def Leppard
Year of Release:1983Appears in:227 charts
Rank in 1983:10Rank Score:3,322
Rank in 1980s119Overall Rank:762
Average Rating:  72/100 (331 votes)
Comments: 21 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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