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Best Albums of the 1980s

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.
19801,514283,078 Remain In Light (40th)
by Talking Heads
19811,536155,825 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,514199,668 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,507180,628 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,544243,914 Purple Rain (96th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,542191,588 Hounds Of Love (105th)
by Kate Bush
19861,612268,059 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,783260,155 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,824244,149 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,883332,436 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,2592,359,501

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
7.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,258 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:38,228
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:56
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,479 votes)
Comments: 120 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,047 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:27,595
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:86
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,502 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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20.

Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:680 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:15,639
Rank in 1980s20Overall Rank:175
Average Rating:  84/100 (741 votes)
Comments: 46 comments
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24.

It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us BackUnited States Public Enemy
Year of Release:1988Appears in:639 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:13,838
Rank in 1980s24Overall Rank:199
Average Rating:  79/100 (782 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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39.

...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:460 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:9,521
Rank in 1980s39Overall Rank:298
Average Rating:  79/100 (868 votes)
Comments: 44 comments
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59.

Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:443 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:6,152
Rank in 1980s59Overall Rank:437
Average Rating:  79/100 (556 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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68.

Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:403 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:5,390
Rank in 1980s68Overall Rank:491
Average Rating:  78/100 (466 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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70.

Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:396 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:5,309
Rank in 1980s70Overall Rank:500
Average Rating:  80/100 (530 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:289 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:4,424
Rank in 1980s86Overall Rank:586
Average Rating:  77/100 (358 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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89.

Operation: MindcrimeUnited States Queensr├┐che
Year of Release:1988Appears in:205 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:4,309
Rank in 1980s89Overall Rank:597
Average Rating:  79/100 (283 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 119 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 100 10%
1985 87 9%
1986 98 10%
1987 85 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
Siouxsie And The Banshees 7 1%
R.E.M. 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 420 42%
United States 392 39%
Australia 37 4%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 19 2%
Mixed Nationality 18 2%
Ireland 16 2%
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