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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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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,029 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:27,526
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:86
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,445 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:920 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:26,601
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:90
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,327 votes)
Comments: 83 comments
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Purple RainUnited States Prince And The Revolution
Year of Release:1984Appears in:999 charts
Rank in 1984:1Rank Score:25,368
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:95
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,161 votes)
Comments: 88 comments
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14.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:948 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:24,997
Rank in 1980s14Overall Rank:100
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,464 votes)
Comments: 110 comments
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Rain DogsUnited States Tom Waits
Year of Release:1985Appears in:871 charts
Rank in 1985:1Rank Score:22,881
Rank in 1980s15Overall Rank:109
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,010 votes)
Comments: 64 comments
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Hounds Of LoveUnited Kingdom Kate Bush
Year of Release:1985Appears in:878 charts
Rank in 1985:2Rank Score:22,744
Rank in 1980s16Overall Rank:110
Average Rating:  84/100 (882 votes)
Comments: 65 comments
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17.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:827 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:20,154
Rank in 1980s17Overall Rank:126
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,010 votes)
Comments: 56 comments
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18.

MurmurUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1983Appears in:848 charts
Rank in 1983:1Rank Score:18,333
Rank in 1980s18Overall Rank:141
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,042 votes)
Comments: 76 comments
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Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:722 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:17,255
Rank in 1980s19Overall Rank:153
Average Rating:  82/100 (931 votes)
Comments: 65 comments
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Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:650 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:15,307
Rank in 1980s20Overall Rank:175
Average Rating:  84/100 (703 votes)
Comments: 44 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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