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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
61.

Straight Outta ComptonUnited States N.W.A
Year of Release:1988Appears in:429 charts
Rank in 1988:6Rank Score:6,080
Rank in 1980s61Overall Rank:441
Average Rating:  79/100 (544 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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62.

Zen ArcadeUnited States Hüsker Dü
Year of Release:1984Appears in:360 charts
Rank in 1984:12Rank Score:5,955
Rank in 1980s62Overall Rank:450
Average Rating:  79/100 (453 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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63.

The Head On The DoorUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1985Appears in:432 charts
Rank in 1985:6Rank Score:5,904
Rank in 1980s63Overall Rank:453
Average Rating:  81/100 (540 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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64.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:347 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:5,848
Rank in 1980s64Overall Rank:458
Average Rating:  82/100 (387 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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65.

TimUnited States The Replacements
Year of Release:1985Appears in:354 charts
Rank in 1985:7Rank Score:5,646
Rank in 1980s65Overall Rank:466
Average Rating:  81/100 (415 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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66.

Ocean RainUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1984Appears in:384 charts
Rank in 1984:13Rank Score:5,585
Rank in 1980s66Overall Rank:471
Average Rating:  79/100 (439 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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67.

AvalonUnited Kingdom Roxy Music
Year of Release:1982Appears in:340 charts
Rank in 1982:6Rank Score:5,497
Rank in 1980s67Overall Rank:483
Average Rating:  79/100 (462 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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68.

Pretty Hate MachineMixed Nationality Nine Inch Nails
Year of Release:1989Appears in:353 charts
Rank in 1989:7Rank Score:5,473
Rank in 1980s68Overall Rank:484
Average Rating:  79/100 (495 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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69.

Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:396 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:5,358
Rank in 1980s69Overall Rank:493
Average Rating:  80/100 (525 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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70.

Songs From The Big ChairUnited Kingdom Tears For Fears
Year of Release:1985Appears in:411 charts
Rank in 1985:8Rank Score:5,341
Rank in 1980s70Overall Rank:494
Average Rating:  78/100 (440 votes)
Comments: 35 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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