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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
15.

Rain DogsUnited States Tom Waits
Year of Release:1985Appears in:871 charts
Rank in 1985:1Rank Score:22,881
Rank in 1980s15Overall Rank:109
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,011 votes)
Comments: 64 comments
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16.

Hounds Of LoveUnited Kingdom Kate Bush
Year of Release:1985Appears in:877 charts
Rank in 1985:2Rank Score:22,678
Rank in 1980s16Overall Rank:110
Average Rating:  84/100 (883 votes)
Comments: 65 comments
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27.

Meat Is MurderUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1985Appears in:633 charts
Rank in 1985:3Rank Score:12,186
Rank in 1980s27Overall Rank:224
Average Rating:  82/100 (954 votes)
Comments: 52 comments
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29.

Brothers In ArmsUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1985Appears in:599 charts
Rank in 1985:4Rank Score:11,715
Rank in 1980s29Overall Rank:232
Average Rating:  77/100 (829 votes)
Comments: 58 comments
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36.

PsychocandyUnited Kingdom The Jesus And Mary Chain
Year of Release:1985Appears in:559 charts
Rank in 1985:5Rank Score:9,776
Rank in 1980s36Overall Rank:282
Average Rating:  80/100 (696 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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62.

The Head On The DoorUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1985Appears in:419 charts
Rank in 1985:6Rank Score:5,809
Rank in 1980s62Overall Rank:451
Average Rating:  81/100 (521 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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65.

TimUnited States The Replacements
Year of Release:1985Appears in:342 charts
Rank in 1985:7Rank Score:5,615
Rank in 1980s65Overall Rank:461
Average Rating:  81/100 (399 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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73.

Songs From The Big ChairUnited Kingdom Tears For Fears
Year of Release:1985Appears in:401 charts
Rank in 1985:8Rank Score:5,086
Rank in 1980s73Overall Rank:507
Average Rating:  78/100 (426 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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93.

Misplaced ChildhoodUnited Kingdom Marillion
Year of Release:1985Appears in:239 charts
Rank in 1985:9Rank Score:4,084
Rank in 1980s93Overall Rank:616
Average Rating:  77/100 (277 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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105.

Low-LifeUnited Kingdom New Order
Year of Release:1985Appears in:248 charts
Rank in 1985:10Rank Score:3,649
Rank in 1980s105Overall Rank:683
Average Rating:  79/100 (308 votes)
Comments: 14 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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