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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
13.

Purple RainUnited States Prince And The Revolution
Year of Release:1984Appears in:1,025 charts
Rank in 1984:1Rank Score:25,923
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:95
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,189 votes)
Comments: 89 comments
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22.

The SmithsUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1984Appears in:731 charts
Rank in 1984:2Rank Score:14,479
Rank in 1980s22Overall Rank:187
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,104 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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23.

Ride The LightningUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1984Appears in:620 charts
Rank in 1984:3Rank Score:14,382
Rank in 1980s23Overall Rank:188
Average Rating:  83/100 (962 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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25.

Born In The U.S.A.United States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1984Appears in:653 charts
Rank in 1984:4Rank Score:13,642
Rank in 1980s25Overall Rank:199
Average Rating:  77/100 (1,021 votes)
Comments: 57 comments
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27.

Let It BeUnited States The Replacements
Year of Release:1984Appears in:604 charts
Rank in 1984:5Rank Score:12,292
Rank in 1980s27Overall Rank:223
Average Rating:  82/100 (713 votes)
Comments: 60 comments
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31.

Legend
Compilation
Jamaica Bob Marley & The Wailers
Year of Release:1984Appears in:409 charts
Rank in 1984:6Rank Score:11,398
Rank in 1980s31Overall Rank:245
Average Rating:  84/100 (838 votes)
Comments: 46 comments
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36.

Hatful Of Hollow
Compilation
United Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1984Appears in:442 charts
Rank in 1984:7Rank Score:9,907
Rank in 1980s36Overall Rank:284
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (746 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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44.

Double Nickels On The DimeUnited States Minutemen
Year of Release:1984Appears in:428 charts
Rank in 1984:8Rank Score:8,242
Rank in 1980s44Overall Rank:338
Average Rating:  81/100 (483 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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55.

TreasureUnited Kingdom Cocteau Twins
Year of Release:1984Appears in:398 charts
Rank in 1984:9Rank Score:6,515
Rank in 1980s55Overall Rank:405
Average Rating:  81/100 (463 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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56.

The Unforgettable FireIreland U2
Year of Release:1984Appears in:421 charts
Rank in 1984:10Rank Score:6,450
Rank in 1980s56Overall Rank:409
Average Rating:  77/100 (766 votes)
Comments: 44 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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