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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.
19801,424278,380 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,470152,617 Moving Pictures (153rd)
by Rush
19821,464194,406 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,437176,768 Murmur (141st)
by R.E.M.
19841,478239,023 Purple Rain (95th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,476186,253 Rain Dogs (109th)
by Tom Waits
19861,545262,362 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,720254,431 The Joshua Tree (35th)
by U2
19881,741239,041 Daydream Nation (55th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,803327,537 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total15,5582,310,818

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
1.

DoolittleUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1989Appears in:2,039 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:81,555
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,290 votes)
Comments: 236 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,550 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:55,968
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,782 votes)
Comments: 171 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,296 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:42,410
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:44
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,453 votes)
Comments: 105 comments
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21.

Paul's BoutiqueUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1989Appears in:634 charts
Rank in 1989:4Rank Score:15,176
Rank in 1980s21Overall Rank:177
Average Rating:  82/100 (781 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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53.

BleachUnited States Nirvana
Year of Release:1989Appears in:475 charts
Rank in 1989:5Rank Score:6,652
Rank in 1980s53Overall Rank:392
Average Rating:  76/100 (993 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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54.

On FireUnited States Galaxie 500
Year of Release:1989Appears in:382 charts
Rank in 1989:6Rank Score:6,582
Rank in 1980s54Overall Rank:395
Average Rating:  83/100 (433 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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68.

Pretty Hate MachineMixed Nationality Nine Inch Nails
Year of Release:1989Appears in:344 charts
Rank in 1989:7Rank Score:5,353
Rank in 1980s68Overall Rank:484
Average Rating:  79/100 (483 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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69.

3 Feet High And RisingUnited States De La Soul
Year of Release:1989Appears in:368 charts
Rank in 1989:8Rank Score:5,228
Rank in 1980s69Overall Rank:492
Average Rating:  78/100 (446 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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90.

Full Moon FeverUnited States Tom Petty
Year of Release:1989Appears in:330 charts
Rank in 1989:9Rank Score:4,129
Rank in 1980s90Overall Rank:603
Average Rating:  77/100 (400 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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106.

New YorkUnited States Lou Reed
Year of Release:1989Appears in:261 charts
Rank in 1989:10Rank Score:3,591
Rank in 1980s106Overall Rank:693
Average Rating:  77/100 (320 votes)
Comments: 12 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%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
R.E.M. 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
U2 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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