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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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Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,238 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:38,068
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:56
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,463 votes)
Comments: 119 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,031 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:27,419
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:88
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,473 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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21.

Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:664 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:15,490
Rank in 1980s21Overall Rank:176
Average Rating:  84/100 (722 votes)
Comments: 45 comments
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It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us BackUnited States Public Enemy
Year of Release:1988Appears in:627 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:13,698
Rank in 1980s24Overall Rank:199
Average Rating:  80/100 (768 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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38.

...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:451 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:9,498
Rank in 1980s38Overall Rank:296
Average Rating:  79/100 (844 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:427 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:6,070
Rank in 1980s61Overall Rank:439
Average Rating:  79/100 (541 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:391 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:5,345
Rank in 1980s70Overall Rank:495
Average Rating:  80/100 (524 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:397 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:5,286
Rank in 1980s72Overall Rank:501
Average Rating:  77/100 (459 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:286 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:4,460
Rank in 1980s85Overall Rank:576
Average Rating:  77/100 (350 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:363 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:4,224
Rank in 1980s89Overall Rank:604
Average Rating:  78/100 (517 votes)
Comments: 42 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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