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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
18.

MurmurUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1983Appears in:858 charts
Rank in 1983:1Rank Score:18,626
Rank in 1980s18Overall Rank:142
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,069 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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26.

Violent FemmesUnited States Violent Femmes
Year of Release:1983Appears in:692 charts
Rank in 1983:2Rank Score:13,433
Rank in 1980s26Overall Rank:204
Average Rating:  82/100 (749 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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37.

SynchronicityUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1983Appears in:593 charts
Rank in 1983:3Rank Score:9,682
Rank in 1980s37Overall Rank:291
Average Rating:  78/100 (760 votes)
Comments: 57 comments
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40.

Power, Corruption And LiesUnited Kingdom New Order
Year of Release:1983Appears in:545 charts
Rank in 1983:4Rank Score:9,094
Rank in 1980s40Overall Rank:310
Average Rating:  81/100 (665 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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43.

WarIreland U2
Year of Release:1983Appears in:562 charts
Rank in 1983:5Rank Score:8,340
Rank in 1980s43Overall Rank:335
Average Rating:  79/100 (942 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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49.

SwordfishtrombonesUnited States Tom Waits
Year of Release:1983Appears in:460 charts
Rank in 1983:6Rank Score:6,962
Rank in 1980s49Overall Rank:386
Average Rating:  82/100 (564 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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75.

Kill 'Em AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1983Appears in:334 charts
Rank in 1983:7Rank Score:5,104
Rank in 1980s75Overall Rank:517
Average Rating:  78/100 (689 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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79.

Speaking In TonguesUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1983Appears in:358 charts
Rank in 1983:8Rank Score:4,821
Rank in 1980s79Overall Rank:545
Average Rating:  80/100 (495 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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99.

The Final CutUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Year of Release:1983Appears in:285 charts
Rank in 1983:9Rank Score:3,871
Rank in 1980s99Overall Rank:658
Average Rating:  71/100 (781 votes)
Comments: 49 comments
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122.

PyromaniaUnited Kingdom Def Leppard
Year of Release:1983Appears in:220 charts
Rank in 1983:10Rank Score:3,229
Rank in 1980s122Overall Rank:774
Average Rating:  72/100 (325 votes)
Comments: 21 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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