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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
2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,977 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:76,040
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,260 votes)
Comments: 212 comments
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12.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:935 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:26,858
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:91
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,362 votes)
Comments: 86 comments
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17.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:839 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:20,364
Rank in 1980s17Overall Rank:126
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,035 votes)
Comments: 57 comments
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34.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:565 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:9,935
Rank in 1980s34Overall Rank:281
Average Rating:  79/100 (664 votes)
Comments: 43 comments
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47.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:442 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:7,242
Rank in 1980s47Overall Rank:371
Average Rating:  81/100 (457 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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57.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:427 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:6,309
Rank in 1980s57Overall Rank:417
Average Rating:  77/100 (648 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:6,308
Rank in 1980s58Overall Rank:418
Average Rating:  80/100 (545 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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60.

Reign In BloodUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1986Appears in:346 charts
Rank in 1986:8Rank Score:6,103
Rank in 1980s60Overall Rank:435
Average Rating:  78/100 (518 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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84.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:313 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:4,546
Rank in 1980s84Overall Rank:569
Average Rating:  80/100 (379 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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109.

Slippery When WetUnited States Bon Jovi
Year of Release:1986Appears in:258 charts
Rank in 1986:10Rank Score:3,566
Rank in 1980s109Overall Rank:709
Average Rating:  67/100 (364 votes)
Comments: 29 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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