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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
41.

You're Living All Over MeUnited States Dinosaur Jr.
Year of Release:1987Appears in:482 charts
Rank in 1987:5Rank Score:8,527
Rank in 1980s41Overall Rank:332
Average Rating:  84/100 (518 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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42.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:482 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:8,407
Rank in 1980s42Overall Rank:334
Average Rating:  81/100 (549 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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43.

WarIreland U2
Year of Release:1983Appears in:562 charts
Rank in 1983:5Rank Score:8,340
Rank in 1980s43Overall Rank:335
Average Rating:  79/100 (942 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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44.

Double Nickels On The DimeUnited States Minutemen
Year of Release:1984Appears in:428 charts
Rank in 1984:8Rank Score:8,242
Rank in 1980s44Overall Rank:338
Average Rating:  81/100 (483 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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45.

The DreamingUnited Kingdom Kate Bush
Year of Release:1982Appears in:401 charts
Rank in 1982:4Rank Score:7,972
Rank in 1980s45Overall Rank:353
Average Rating:  80/100 (491 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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46.

PornographyUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1982Appears in:480 charts
Rank in 1982:5Rank Score:7,474
Rank in 1980s46Overall Rank:366
Average Rating:  80/100 (669 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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47.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:442 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:7,242
Rank in 1980s47Overall Rank:371
Average Rating:  81/100 (457 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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48.

DocumentUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1987Appears in:511 charts
Rank in 1987:6Rank Score:7,038
Rank in 1980s48Overall Rank:384
Average Rating:  81/100 (670 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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49.

SwordfishtrombonesUnited States Tom Waits
Year of Release:1983Appears in:460 charts
Rank in 1983:6Rank Score:6,962
Rank in 1980s49Overall Rank:386
Average Rating:  82/100 (564 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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50.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:518 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:6,921
Rank in 1980s50Overall Rank:387
Average Rating:  81/100 (792 votes)
Comments: 42 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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