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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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41.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:473 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:8,377
Rank in 1980s41Overall Rank:332
Average Rating:  81/100 (538 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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42.

You're Living All Over MeUnited States Dinosaur Jr.
Year of Release:1987Appears in:468 charts
Rank in 1987:5Rank Score:8,368
Rank in 1980s42Overall Rank:334
Average Rating:  84/100 (506 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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43.

WarIreland U2
Year of Release:1983Appears in:548 charts
Rank in 1983:5Rank Score:8,335
Rank in 1980s43Overall Rank:335
Average Rating:  79/100 (921 votes)
Comments: 68 comments
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44.

Double Nickels On The DimeUnited States Minutemen
Year of Release:1984Appears in:414 charts
Rank in 1984:8Rank Score:7,950
Rank in 1980s44Overall Rank:350
Average Rating:  81/100 (469 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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45.

The DreamingUnited Kingdom Kate Bush
Year of Release:1982Appears in:391 charts
Rank in 1982:4Rank Score:7,856
Rank in 1980s45Overall Rank:352
Average Rating:  80/100 (478 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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46.

PornographyUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1982Appears in:470 charts
Rank in 1982:5Rank Score:7,463
Rank in 1980s46Overall Rank:362
Average Rating:  80/100 (655 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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47.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:433 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:7,159
Rank in 1980s47Overall Rank:372
Average Rating:  81/100 (442 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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48.

DocumentUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1987Appears in:504 charts
Rank in 1987:6Rank Score:6,980
Rank in 1980s48Overall Rank:381
Average Rating:  81/100 (658 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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49.

SwordfishtrombonesUnited States Tom Waits
Year of Release:1983Appears in:452 charts
Rank in 1983:6Rank Score:6,909
Rank in 1980s49Overall Rank:384
Average Rating:  82/100 (556 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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50.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:508 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:6,894
Rank in 1980s50Overall Rank:385
Average Rating:  81/100 (766 votes)
Comments: 42 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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