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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
2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,945 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:75,245
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,220 votes)
Comments: 212 comments
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12.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:920 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:26,601
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:90
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,328 votes)
Comments: 83 comments
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17.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:827 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:20,154
Rank in 1980s17Overall Rank:126
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,011 votes)
Comments: 56 comments
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35.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:555 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:9,812
Rank in 1980s35Overall Rank:279
Average Rating:  79/100 (649 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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47.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:433 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:7,159
Rank in 1980s47Overall Rank:372
Average Rating:  81/100 (442 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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56.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:426 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:6,403
Rank in 1980s56Overall Rank:404
Average Rating:  77/100 (637 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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59.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:379 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:6,203
Rank in 1980s59Overall Rank:420
Average Rating:  80/100 (533 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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61.

Reign In BloodUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1986Appears in:336 charts
Rank in 1986:8Rank Score:5,828
Rank in 1980s61Overall Rank:449
Average Rating:  79/100 (509 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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86.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:301 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:4,381
Rank in 1980s86Overall Rank:576
Average Rating:  80/100 (370 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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107.

EVOLUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1986Appears in:294 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:3,520
Rank in 1980s107Overall Rank:703
Average Rating:  79/100 (369 votes)
Comments: 19 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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