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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
981.

Invasion Of Your PrivacyUnited States Ratt
Year of Release:1985Appears in:32 charts
Rank in 1985:85Rank Score:246
Rank in 1980s981Overall Rank:6,425
Average Rating:  74/100 (55 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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982.

Sentimental HygieneUnited States Warren Zevon
Year of Release:1987Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1987:84Rank Score:245
Rank in 1980s982Overall Rank:6,441
Average Rating:  75/100 (42 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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983.

Who's Afraid Of The Art Of Noise?United Kingdom Art Of Noise
Year of Release:1984Appears in:47 charts
Rank in 1984:96Rank Score:245
Rank in 1980s983Overall Rank:6,452
Average Rating:  77/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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984.

Roky Erickson And The Aliens (5 Symbols)United States Roky Erickson
Year of Release:1980Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1980:110Rank Score:245
Rank in 1980s984Overall Rank:6,462
Average Rating:  75/100 (17 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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985.

Get LuckyCanada Loverboy
Year of Release:1981Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1981:117Rank Score:244
Rank in 1980s985Overall Rank:6,464
Average Rating:  65/100 (39 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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986.

The Best Of Eagles
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United States Eagles
Year of Release:1985Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1985:86Rank Score:244
Rank in 1980s986Overall Rank:6,476
Average Rating:  74/100 (22 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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987.

Ta Ein Kjangs!Norway Stavangerensemblet
Year of Release:1980Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1980:111Rank Score:244
Rank in 1980s987Overall Rank:6,486
Average Rating:  66/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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988.

Seasons EndUnited Kingdom Marillion
Year of Release:1989Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1989:100Rank Score:244
Rank in 1980s988Overall Rank:6,487
Average Rating:  76/100 (45 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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989.

KakashiJapan Yasuaki Shimizu
Year of Release:1982Appears in:17 charts
Rank in 1982:100Rank Score:244
Rank in 1980s989Overall Rank:6,493
Average Rating:  77/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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990.

The WaterboysIreland The Waterboys
Year of Release:1983Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1983:97Rank Score:244
Rank in 1980s990Overall Rank:6,495
Average Rating:  74/100 (41 votes)
Comments: 3 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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