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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 38,000 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.
19801,522284,067 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,546156,843 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,529199,864 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,518181,373 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,557244,506 Purple Rain (96th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,557192,375 Hounds Of Love (105th)
by Kate Bush
19861,628268,573 The Queen Is Dead (20th)
by The Smiths
19871,805261,370 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,845243,798 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,901333,488 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,4082,366,255

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
991.

KamikazeArgentina Luis Alberto Spinetta
Year of Release:1982Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1982:99Rank Score:246
Rank in 1980s991Overall Rank:6,508
Average Rating:  80/100 (16 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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992.

Time Of No Reply
Compilation
United Kingdom Nick Drake
Year of Release:1987Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1987:87Rank Score:245
Rank in 1980s992Overall Rank:6,514
Average Rating:  76/100 (66 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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993.

Ta Ein Kjangs!Norway Stavangerensemblet
Year of Release:1980Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1980:111Rank Score:245
Rank in 1980s993Overall Rank:6,526
Average Rating:  66/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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994.

The Best Of Eagles
Compilation
United States Eagles
Year of Release:1985Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1985:88Rank Score:245
Rank in 1980s994Overall Rank:6,536
Average Rating:  74/100 (23 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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995.

Get LuckyCanada Loverboy
Year of Release:1981Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1981:118Rank Score:245
Rank in 1980s995Overall Rank:6,537
Average Rating:  64/100 (40 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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996.

Roky Erickson And The Aliens (5 Symbols)United States Roky Erickson
Year of Release:1980Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1980:112Rank Score:244
Rank in 1980s996Overall Rank:6,540
Average Rating:  76/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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997.

More Fun In The New WorldUnited States X
Year of Release:1983Appears in:38 charts
Rank in 1983:97Rank Score:244
Rank in 1980s997Overall Rank:6,545
Average Rating:  75/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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998.

Climate Of HunterMixed Nationality Scott Walker
Year of Release:1984Appears in:37 charts
Rank in 1984:99Rank Score:244
Rank in 1980s998Overall Rank:6,549
Average Rating:  76/100 (40 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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999.

Dying For ItUnited Kingdom The Vaselines
Year of Release:1988Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1988:102Rank Score:244
Rank in 1980s999Overall Rank:6,551
Average Rating:  73/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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1000.

Skag HeavenUnited States Squirrel Bait
Year of Release:1986Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1986:98Rank Score:244
Rank in 1980s1,000Overall Rank:6,554
Average Rating:  72/100 (9 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 118 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 97 10%
1984 99 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 98 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 101 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
R.E.M. 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
U2 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 414 41%
United States 392 39%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 22 2%
Germany 19 2%
Ireland 16 2%
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