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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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Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,231 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:38,055
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:55
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,437 votes)
Comments: 117 comments
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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,028 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:27,488
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:86
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,445 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:651 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:15,429
Rank in 1980s20Overall Rank:174
Average Rating:  84/100 (704 votes)
Comments: 44 comments
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It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us BackUnited States Public Enemy
Year of Release:1988Appears in:612 charts
Rank in 1988:4Rank Score:13,336
Rank in 1980s25Overall Rank:201
Average Rating:  79/100 (752 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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38.

...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:448 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:9,521
Rank in 1980s38Overall Rank:290
Average Rating:  79/100 (826 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:405 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:5,880
Rank in 1980s60Overall Rank:447
Average Rating:  78/100 (529 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:387 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:5,208
Rank in 1980s70Overall Rank:494
Average Rating:  77/100 (451 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:385 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:5,058
Rank in 1980s73Overall Rank:510
Average Rating:  80/100 (513 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:275 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:4,449
Rank in 1980s84Overall Rank:572
Average Rating:  77/100 (344 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:358 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:4,143
Rank in 1980s89Overall Rank:602
Average Rating:  78/100 (513 votes)
Comments: 42 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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