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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.
19801,522284,067 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,546156,843 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,529199,864 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,518181,373 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,557244,506 Purple Rain (96th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,557192,375 Hounds Of Love (105th)
by Kate Bush
19861,628268,573 The Queen Is Dead (20th)
by The Smiths
19871,805261,370 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,845243,798 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,901333,488 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,4082,366,255

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
2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,987 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:76,272
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:20
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,315 votes)
Comments: 215 comments
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12.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:955 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:27,122
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:91
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,394 votes)
Comments: 87 comments
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17.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:858 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:20,529
Rank in 1980s17Overall Rank:128
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,057 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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34.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:578 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:10,181
Rank in 1980s34Overall Rank:275
Average Rating:  79/100 (685 votes)
Comments: 44 comments
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47.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:450 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:7,356
Rank in 1980s47Overall Rank:374
Average Rating:  81/100 (471 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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57.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:434 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:6,414
Rank in 1980s57Overall Rank:413
Average Rating:  77/100 (662 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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58.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:392 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:6,259
Rank in 1980s58Overall Rank:428
Average Rating:  80/100 (555 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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61.

Reign In BloodUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1986Appears in:357 charts
Rank in 1986:8Rank Score:6,118
Rank in 1980s61Overall Rank:447
Average Rating:  78/100 (537 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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80.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:327 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:4,764
Rank in 1980s80Overall Rank:554
Average Rating:  80/100 (392 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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106.

Black CelebrationUnited Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1986Appears in:252 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:3,638
Rank in 1980s106Overall Rank:699
Average Rating:  79/100 (356 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 118 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 97 10%
1984 99 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 98 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%
R.E.M. 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
U2 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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