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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 36,000 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.
19801,465281,043 Remain In Light (40th)
by Talking Heads
19811,502154,660 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,491197,277 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,475178,524 Murmur (141st)
by R.E.M.
19841,521241,936 Purple Rain (95th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,512189,123 Rain Dogs (109th)
by Tom Waits
19861,595265,703 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,760257,283 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,790241,811 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,849330,743 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total15,9602,338,103

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, U2, 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:1,494 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:49,243
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:36
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,989 votes)
Comments: 191 comments
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9.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,089 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:32,287
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:70
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,569 votes)
Comments: 134 comments
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30.

Sign 'O' The TimesUnited States Prince
Year of Release:1987Appears in:579 charts
Rank in 1987:3Rank Score:11,658
Rank in 1980s30Overall Rank:238
Average Rating:  80/100 (679 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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32.

Strangeways, Here We ComeUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1987Appears in:577 charts
Rank in 1987:4Rank Score:11,230
Rank in 1980s32Overall Rank:250
Average Rating:  81/100 (857 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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41.

You're Living All Over MeUnited States Dinosaur Jr.
Year of Release:1987Appears in:480 charts
Rank in 1987:5Rank Score:8,516
Rank in 1980s41Overall Rank:332
Average Rating:  84/100 (517 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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48.

DocumentUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1987Appears in:511 charts
Rank in 1987:6Rank Score:7,084
Rank in 1980s48Overall Rank:381
Average Rating:  81/100 (670 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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52.

BadUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1987Appears in:418 charts
Rank in 1987:7Rank Score:6,890
Rank in 1980s52Overall Rank:389
Average Rating:  74/100 (698 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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71.

Louder Than Bombs
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United Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1987Appears in:236 charts
Rank in 1987:8Rank Score:5,290
Rank in 1980s71Overall Rank:500
Average Rating:  83/100 (504 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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75.

HysteriaUnited Kingdom Def Leppard
Year of Release:1987Appears in:297 charts
Rank in 1987:9Rank Score:5,093
Rank in 1980s75Overall Rank:518
Average Rating:  70/100 (407 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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78.

SisterUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1987Appears in:380 charts
Rank in 1987:10Rank Score:4,962
Rank in 1980s78Overall Rank:530
Average Rating:  81/100 (494 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 117 12%
1982 103 10%
1983 99 10%
1984 96 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 99 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
U2 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
Siouxsie And The Banshees 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 421 42%
United States 391 39%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 19 2%
Ireland 17 2%
Mixed Nationality 16 2%
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