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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
15.

Hounds Of LoveUnited Kingdom Kate Bush
Year of Release:1985Appears in:921 charts
Rank in 1985:1Rank Score:23,775
Rank in 1980s15Overall Rank:104
Average Rating:  84/100 (932 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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16.

Rain DogsUnited States Tom Waits
Year of Release:1985Appears in:894 charts
Rank in 1985:2Rank Score:23,311
Rank in 1980s16Overall Rank:109
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,054 votes)
Comments: 68 comments
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28.

Brothers In ArmsUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1985Appears in:625 charts
Rank in 1985:3Rank Score:12,320
Rank in 1980s28Overall Rank:229
Average Rating:  77/100 (873 votes)
Comments: 63 comments
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29.

Meat Is MurderUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1985Appears in:652 charts
Rank in 1985:4Rank Score:12,117
Rank in 1980s29Overall Rank:233
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,000 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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35.

PsychocandyUnited Kingdom The Jesus And Mary Chain
Year of Release:1985Appears in:580 charts
Rank in 1985:5Rank Score:9,914
Rank in 1980s35Overall Rank:284
Average Rating:  80/100 (730 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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64.

The Head On The DoorUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1985Appears in:435 charts
Rank in 1985:6Rank Score:5,845
Rank in 1980s64Overall Rank:460
Average Rating:  81/100 (557 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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65.

TimUnited States The Replacements
Year of Release:1985Appears in:359 charts
Rank in 1985:7Rank Score:5,706
Rank in 1980s65Overall Rank:471
Average Rating:  81/100 (427 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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69.

Songs From The Big ChairUnited Kingdom Tears For Fears
Year of Release:1985Appears in:417 charts
Rank in 1985:8Rank Score:5,286
Rank in 1980s69Overall Rank:498
Average Rating:  78/100 (447 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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91.

Misplaced ChildhoodUnited Kingdom Marillion
Year of Release:1985Appears in:245 charts
Rank in 1985:9Rank Score:4,257
Rank in 1980s91Overall Rank:608
Average Rating:  77/100 (298 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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102.

Low-LifeUnited Kingdom New Order
Year of Release:1985Appears in:259 charts
Rank in 1985:10Rank Score:3,795
Rank in 1980s102Overall Rank:678
Average Rating:  79/100 (322 votes)
Comments: 15 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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