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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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RankAlbumArtist
51.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:425 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:6,856
Rank in 1980s51Overall Rank:386
Average Rating:  79/100 (639 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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52.

BadUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1987Appears in:408 charts
Rank in 1987:7Rank Score:6,749
Rank in 1980s52Overall Rank:390
Average Rating:  74/100 (688 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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53.

BleachUnited States Nirvana
Year of Release:1989Appears in:475 charts
Rank in 1989:5Rank Score:6,652
Rank in 1980s53Overall Rank:392
Average Rating:  76/100 (993 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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54.

On FireUnited States Galaxie 500
Year of Release:1989Appears in:382 charts
Rank in 1989:6Rank Score:6,582
Rank in 1980s54Overall Rank:395
Average Rating:  83/100 (433 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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55.

The Unforgettable FireIreland U2
Year of Release:1984Appears in:412 charts
Rank in 1984:9Rank Score:6,466
Rank in 1980s55Overall Rank:402
Average Rating:  77/100 (753 votes)
Comments: 44 comments
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56.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:426 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:6,403
Rank in 1980s56Overall Rank:404
Average Rating:  77/100 (637 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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57.

TreasureUnited Kingdom Cocteau Twins
Year of Release:1984Appears in:391 charts
Rank in 1984:10Rank Score:6,375
Rank in 1980s57Overall Rank:408
Average Rating:  81/100 (454 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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58.

Stop Making SenseUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1984Appears in:314 charts
Rank in 1984:11Rank Score:6,219
Rank in 1980s58Overall Rank:418
Average Rating:  81/100 (495 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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59.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:379 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:6,203
Rank in 1980s59Overall Rank:420
Average Rating:  80/100 (533 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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60.

Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:406 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:5,882
Rank in 1980s60Overall Rank:446
Average Rating:  78/100 (530 votes)
Comments: 30 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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