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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
61.

Reign In BloodUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1986Appears in:336 charts
Rank in 1986:8Rank Score:5,828
Rank in 1980s61Overall Rank:449
Average Rating:  79/100 (509 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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62.

The Head On The DoorUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1985Appears in:419 charts
Rank in 1985:6Rank Score:5,809
Rank in 1980s62Overall Rank:451
Average Rating:  81/100 (521 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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63.

Zen ArcadeUnited States Hüsker Dü
Year of Release:1984Appears in:344 charts
Rank in 1984:12Rank Score:5,713
Rank in 1980s63Overall Rank:455
Average Rating:  79/100 (442 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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64.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:342 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:5,692
Rank in 1980s64Overall Rank:458
Average Rating:  82/100 (372 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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65.

TimUnited States The Replacements
Year of Release:1985Appears in:342 charts
Rank in 1985:7Rank Score:5,615
Rank in 1980s65Overall Rank:461
Average Rating:  81/100 (399 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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66.

Ocean RainUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1984Appears in:383 charts
Rank in 1984:13Rank Score:5,564
Rank in 1980s66Overall Rank:464
Average Rating:  79/100 (435 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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67.

AvalonUnited Kingdom Roxy Music
Year of Release:1982Appears in:333 charts
Rank in 1982:6Rank Score:5,371
Rank in 1980s67Overall Rank:481
Average Rating:  78/100 (450 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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68.

Pretty Hate MachineMixed Nationality Nine Inch Nails
Year of Release:1989Appears in:344 charts
Rank in 1989:7Rank Score:5,353
Rank in 1980s68Overall Rank:484
Average Rating:  79/100 (483 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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69.

3 Feet High And RisingUnited States De La Soul
Year of Release:1989Appears in:368 charts
Rank in 1989:8Rank Score:5,228
Rank in 1980s69Overall Rank:492
Average Rating:  78/100 (446 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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70.

Tracy ChapmanUnited States Tracy Chapman
Year of Release:1988Appears in:387 charts
Rank in 1988:7Rank Score:5,208
Rank in 1980s70Overall Rank:494
Average Rating:  77/100 (451 votes)
Comments: 28 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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