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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 (104th)
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
51.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:453 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:7,037
Rank in 1980s51Overall Rank:389
Average Rating:  79/100 (669 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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52.

BadUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1987Appears in:418 charts
Rank in 1987:7Rank Score:6,812
Rank in 1980s52Overall Rank:393
Average Rating:  75/100 (720 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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53.

On FireUnited States Galaxie 500
Year of Release:1989Appears in:391 charts
Rank in 1989:5Rank Score:6,684
Rank in 1980s53Overall Rank:398
Average Rating:  82/100 (450 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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54.

BleachUnited States Nirvana
Year of Release:1989Appears in:487 charts
Rank in 1989:6Rank Score:6,545
Rank in 1980s54Overall Rank:405
Average Rating:  76/100 (1,034 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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55.

TreasureUnited Kingdom Cocteau Twins
Year of Release:1984Appears in:408 charts
Rank in 1984:9Rank Score:6,545
Rank in 1980s55Overall Rank:406
Average Rating:  81/100 (474 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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56.

The Unforgettable FireIreland U2
Year of Release:1984Appears in:425 charts
Rank in 1984:10Rank Score:6,537
Rank in 1980s56Overall Rank:407
Average Rating:  77/100 (780 votes)
Comments: 46 comments
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57.

Licensed To IllUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1986Appears in:434 charts
Rank in 1986:6Rank Score:6,414
Rank in 1980s57Overall Rank:413
Average Rating:  77/100 (662 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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58.

Lifes Rich PageantUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:392 charts
Rank in 1986:7Rank Score:6,259
Rank in 1980s58Overall Rank:428
Average Rating:  80/100 (555 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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59.

Stop Making SenseUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1984Appears in:324 charts
Rank in 1984:11Rank Score:6,160
Rank in 1980s59Overall Rank:443
Average Rating:  81/100 (515 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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60.

Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:443 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:6,139
Rank in 1980s60Overall Rank:445
Average Rating:  79/100 (563 votes)
Comments: 32 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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