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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 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.
19801,467281,817 Remain In Light (40th)
by Talking Heads
19811,504154,826 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,493197,676 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,476178,920 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,523242,536 Purple Rain (95th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,514189,510 Rain Dogs (109th)
by Tom Waits
19861,596266,288 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,763258,296 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,794242,526 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,851331,547 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total15,9812,343,942

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
1.

DoolittleUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1989Appears in:2,075 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:82,317
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,329 votes)
Comments: 237 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,571 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:55,865
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,809 votes)
Comments: 174 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,324 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:42,770
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:44
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,486 votes)
Comments: 105 comments
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20.

Paul's BoutiqueUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1989Appears in:648 charts
Rank in 1989:4Rank Score:15,535
Rank in 1980s20Overall Rank:174
Average Rating:  82/100 (799 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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53.

On FireUnited States Galaxie 500
Year of Release:1989Appears in:391 charts
Rank in 1989:5Rank Score:6,712
Rank in 1980s53Overall Rank:394
Average Rating:  83/100 (441 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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54.

BleachUnited States Nirvana
Year of Release:1989Appears in:489 charts
Rank in 1989:6Rank Score:6,564
Rank in 1980s54Overall Rank:400
Average Rating:  76/100 (1,011 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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68.

Pretty Hate MachineMixed Nationality Nine Inch Nails
Year of Release:1989Appears in:353 charts
Rank in 1989:7Rank Score:5,473
Rank in 1980s68Overall Rank:484
Average Rating:  79/100 (495 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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74.

3 Feet High And RisingUnited States De La Soul
Year of Release:1989Appears in:371 charts
Rank in 1989:8Rank Score:5,211
Rank in 1980s74Overall Rank:508
Average Rating:  78/100 (453 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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88.

Full Moon FeverUnited States Tom Petty
Year of Release:1989Appears in:337 charts
Rank in 1989:9Rank Score:4,302
Rank in 1980s88Overall Rank:595
Average Rating:  77/100 (406 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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105.

New YorkUnited States Lou Reed
Year of Release:1989Appears in:271 charts
Rank in 1989:10Rank Score:3,620
Rank in 1980s105Overall Rank:694
Average Rating:  78/100 (325 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 117 12%
1982 102 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 97 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 99 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 101 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 420 42%
United States 391 39%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 19 2%
Mixed Nationality 17 2%
Ireland 17 2%
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