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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
61.

Reign In BloodUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1986Appears in:357 charts
Rank in 1986:8Rank Score:6,118
Rank in 1980s61Overall Rank:447
Average Rating:  78/100 (537 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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62.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:356 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:5,992
Rank in 1980s62Overall Rank:453
Average Rating:  82/100 (400 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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63.

Zen ArcadeUnited States Hüsker Dü
Year of Release:1984Appears in:370 charts
Rank in 1984:12Rank Score:5,958
Rank in 1980s63Overall Rank:455
Average Rating:  79/100 (461 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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64.

The Head On The DoorUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1985Appears in:436 charts
Rank in 1985:6Rank Score:5,846
Rank in 1980s64Overall Rank:460
Average Rating:  81/100 (558 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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65.

TimUnited States The Replacements
Year of Release:1985Appears in:360 charts
Rank in 1985:7Rank Score:5,707
Rank in 1980s65Overall Rank:471
Average Rating:  81/100 (428 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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66.

Ocean RainUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1984Appears in:386 charts
Rank in 1984:13Rank Score:5,608
Rank in 1980s66Overall Rank:477
Average Rating:  79/100 (449 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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67.

AvalonUnited Kingdom Roxy Music
Year of Release:1982Appears in:346 charts
Rank in 1982:6Rank Score:5,437
Rank in 1980s67Overall Rank:486
Average Rating:  79/100 (478 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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68.

Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:404 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:5,422
Rank in 1980s68Overall Rank:489
Average Rating:  78/100 (472 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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69.

Songs From The Big ChairUnited Kingdom Tears For Fears
Year of Release:1985Appears in:418 charts
Rank in 1985:8Rank Score:5,289
Rank in 1980s69Overall Rank:498
Average Rating:  78/100 (448 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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70.

Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:399 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:5,258
Rank in 1980s70Overall Rank:501
Average Rating:  80/100 (537 votes)
Comments: 35 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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