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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
13.

Purple RainUnited States Prince And The Revolution
Year of Release:1984Appears in:998 charts
Rank in 1984:1Rank Score:25,364
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:95
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,162 votes)
Comments: 88 comments
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22.

Ride The LightningUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1984Appears in:603 charts
Rank in 1984:2Rank Score:14,367
Rank in 1980s22Overall Rank:186
Average Rating:  82/100 (935 votes)
Comments: 58 comments
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23.

The SmithsUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1984Appears in:715 charts
Rank in 1984:3Rank Score:14,226
Rank in 1980s23Overall Rank:188
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,073 votes)
Comments: 68 comments
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26.

Born In The U.S.A.United States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1984Appears in:634 charts
Rank in 1984:4Rank Score:13,169
Rank in 1980s26Overall Rank:206
Average Rating:  77/100 (1,000 votes)
Comments: 56 comments
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28.

Let It BeUnited States The Replacements
Year of Release:1984Appears in:583 charts
Rank in 1984:5Rank Score:12,007
Rank in 1980s28Overall Rank:227
Average Rating:  82/100 (695 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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31.

Legend
Compilation
Jamaica Bob Marley & The Wailers
Year of Release:1984Appears in:401 charts
Rank in 1984:6Rank Score:11,468
Rank in 1980s31Overall Rank:237
Average Rating:  84/100 (823 votes)
Comments: 46 comments
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33.

Hatful Of Hollow
Compilation
United Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1984Appears in:436 charts
Rank in 1984:7Rank Score:10,264
Rank in 1980s33Overall Rank:264
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (729 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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44.

Double Nickels On The DimeUnited States Minutemen
Year of Release:1984Appears in:414 charts
Rank in 1984:8Rank Score:7,950
Rank in 1980s44Overall Rank:350
Average Rating:  81/100 (469 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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55.

The Unforgettable FireIreland U2
Year of Release:1984Appears in:412 charts
Rank in 1984:9Rank Score:6,466
Rank in 1980s55Overall Rank:402
Average Rating:  77/100 (753 votes)
Comments: 44 comments
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57.

TreasureUnited Kingdom Cocteau Twins
Year of Release:1984Appears in:391 charts
Rank in 1984:10Rank Score:6,375
Rank in 1980s57Overall Rank:408
Average Rating:  81/100 (454 votes)
Comments: 32 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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