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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.
19801,522283,973 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,546156,749 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,529199,705 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,518181,257 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,557244,337 Purple Rain (96th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,557192,374 Hounds Of Love (104th)
by Kate Bush
19861,628268,357 The Queen Is Dead (20th)
by The Smiths
19871,805261,245 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,845243,792 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,901333,456 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,4082,365,245

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
13.

Purple RainUnited States Prince And The Revolution
Year of Release:1984Appears in:1,039 charts
Rank in 1984:1Rank Score:26,036
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:96
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,216 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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22.

Ride The LightningUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1984Appears in:630 charts
Rank in 1984:2Rank Score:14,525
Rank in 1980s22Overall Rank:189
Average Rating:  83/100 (991 votes)
Comments: 60 comments
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23.

The SmithsUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1984Appears in:737 charts
Rank in 1984:3Rank Score:14,404
Rank in 1980s23Overall Rank:193
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,133 votes)
Comments: 72 comments
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25.

Born In The U.S.A.United States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1984Appears in:665 charts
Rank in 1984:4Rank Score:13,707
Rank in 1980s25Overall Rank:202
Average Rating:  77/100 (1,043 votes)
Comments: 58 comments
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27.

Let It BeUnited States The Replacements
Year of Release:1984Appears in:617 charts
Rank in 1984:5Rank Score:12,338
Rank in 1980s27Overall Rank:228
Average Rating:  82/100 (730 votes)
Comments: 61 comments
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31.

Legend
Compilation
Jamaica Bob Marley & The Wailers
Year of Release:1984Appears in:417 charts
Rank in 1984:6Rank Score:11,401
Rank in 1980s31Overall Rank:247
Average Rating:  84/100 (855 votes)
Comments: 46 comments
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36.

Hatful Of Hollow
Compilation
United Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1984Appears in:449 charts
Rank in 1984:7Rank Score:9,865
Rank in 1980s36Overall Rank:287
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (767 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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42.

Double Nickels On The DimeUnited States Minutemen
Year of Release:1984Appears in:436 charts
Rank in 1984:8Rank Score:8,432
Rank in 1980s42Overall Rank:333
Average Rating:  81/100 (493 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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55.

TreasureUnited Kingdom Cocteau Twins
Year of Release:1984Appears in:408 charts
Rank in 1984:9Rank Score:6,545
Rank in 1980s55Overall Rank:406
Average Rating:  81/100 (473 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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56.

The Unforgettable FireIreland U2
Year of Release:1984Appears in:426 charts
Rank in 1984:10Rank Score:6,537
Rank in 1980s56Overall Rank:407
Average Rating:  77/100 (779 votes)
Comments: 46 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 119 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 97 10%
1984 99 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 97 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%
Talking Heads 7 1%
Siouxsie And The Banshees 7 1%
R.E.M. 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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