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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.
19801,423278,329 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,470152,678 Moving Pictures (153rd)
by Rush
19821,462194,130 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,435176,690 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,477239,019 Purple Rain (96th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,472186,151 Rain Dogs (109th)
by Tom Waits
19861,544262,377 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,718254,341 The Joshua Tree (35th)
by U2
19881,741238,836 Daydream Nation (55th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,803327,631 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total15,5452,310,181

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
4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,477 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:49,112
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:35
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,964 votes)
Comments: 190 comments
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9.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,083 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:31,683
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:72
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,545 votes)
Comments: 132 comments
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30.

Sign 'O' The TimesUnited States Prince
Year of Release:1987Appears in:560 charts
Rank in 1987:3Rank Score:11,474
Rank in 1980s30Overall Rank:236
Average Rating:  80/100 (662 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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32.

Strangeways, Here We ComeUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1987Appears in:565 charts
Rank in 1987:4Rank Score:11,147
Rank in 1980s32Overall Rank:245
Average Rating:  81/100 (835 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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42.

You're Living All Over MeUnited States Dinosaur Jr.
Year of Release:1987Appears in:468 charts
Rank in 1987:5Rank Score:8,371
Rank in 1980s42Overall Rank:333
Average Rating:  84/100 (506 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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48.

DocumentUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1987Appears in:504 charts
Rank in 1987:6Rank Score:6,980
Rank in 1980s48Overall Rank:380
Average Rating:  81/100 (658 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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52.

BadUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1987Appears in:408 charts
Rank in 1987:7Rank Score:6,746
Rank in 1980s52Overall Rank:390
Average Rating:  74/100 (688 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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72.

Louder Than Bombs
Compilation
United Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1987Appears in:231 charts
Rank in 1987:8Rank Score:5,087
Rank in 1980s72Overall Rank:505
Average Rating:  83/100 (491 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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75.

HysteriaUnited Kingdom Def Leppard
Year of Release:1987Appears in:294 charts
Rank in 1987:9Rank Score:4,886
Rank in 1980s75Overall Rank:527
Average Rating:  70/100 (404 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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77.

SisterUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1987Appears in:369 charts
Rank in 1987:10Rank Score:4,823
Rank in 1980s77Overall Rank:534
Average Rating:  81/100 (483 votes)
Comments: 35 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%
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 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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