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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
981.

Songs Of The FreeUnited Kingdom Gang Of Four
Year of Release:1982Appears in:27 charts
Rank in 1982:101Rank Score:244
Rank in 1980s981Overall Rank:6,370
Average Rating:  75/100 (42 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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982.

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The DarkUnited Kingdom Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Year of Release:1980Appears in:40 charts
Rank in 1980:107Rank Score:244
Rank in 1980s982Overall Rank:6,375
Average Rating:  71/100 (42 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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983.

Seasons EndUnited Kingdom Marillion
Year of Release:1989Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1989:98Rank Score:244
Rank in 1980s983Overall Rank:6,378
Average Rating:  75/100 (43 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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984.

Ta Ein Kjangs!Norway Stavangerensemblet
Year of Release:1980Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1980:108Rank Score:244
Rank in 1980s984Overall Rank:6,381
Average Rating:  66/100 (24 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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985.

OU812United States Van Halen
Year of Release:1988Appears in:38 charts
Rank in 1988:101Rank Score:244
Rank in 1980s985Overall Rank:6,383
Average Rating:  69/100 (95 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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986.

More Fun In The New WorldUnited States X
Year of Release:1983Appears in:37 charts
Rank in 1983:97Rank Score:244
Rank in 1980s986Overall Rank:6,384
Average Rating:  75/100 (33 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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987.

La Cagaste Burt LancasterSpain Hombres G
Year of Release:1986Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1986:99Rank Score:244
Rank in 1980s987Overall Rank:6,387
Average Rating:  71/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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988.

Time Of No Reply
Compilation
United Kingdom Nick Drake
Year of Release:1987Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1987:84Rank Score:244
Rank in 1980s988Overall Rank:6,389
Average Rating:  76/100 (62 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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989.

TallulahAustralia The Go-Betweens
Year of Release:1987Appears in:42 charts
Rank in 1987:85Rank Score:243
Rank in 1980s989Overall Rank:6,399
Average Rating:  78/100 (43 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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990.

Prairie School FreakoutUnited States Eleventh Dream Day
Year of Release:1988Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1988:102Rank Score:243
Rank in 1980s990Overall Rank:6,408
Average Rating:  73/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 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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