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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
981.

Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!United States Megadeth
Year of Release:1985Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1985:86Rank Score:248
Rank in 1980s981Overall Rank:6,464
Average Rating:  71/100 (102 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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982.

Broadcasting From HomeUnited Kingdom Penguin Cafe Orchestra
Year of Release:1984Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1984:97Rank Score:247
Rank in 1980s982Overall Rank:6,472
Average Rating:  72/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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983.

TallulahAustralia The Go-Betweens
Year of Release:1987Appears in:43 charts
Rank in 1987:84Rank Score:247
Rank in 1980s983Overall Rank:6,476
Average Rating:  78/100 (45 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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984.

So Red The RoseUnited Kingdom Arcadia
Year of Release:1985Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1985:87Rank Score:247
Rank in 1980s984Overall Rank:6,481
Average Rating:  65/100 (31 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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984.

Bass CultureUnited Kingdom Linton Kwesi Johnson
Year of Release:1980Appears in:37 charts
Rank in 1980:110Rank Score:247
Rank in 1980s984Overall Rank:6,481
Average Rating:  78/100 (27 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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986.

Chris IsaakUnited States Chris Isaak
Year of Release:1987Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1987:85Rank Score:246
Rank in 1980s986Overall Rank:6,484
Average Rating:  67/100 (45 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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987.

Big WorldUnited Kingdom Joe Jackson
Year of Release:1986Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1986:97Rank Score:246
Rank in 1980s987Overall Rank:6,485
Average Rating:  73/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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988.

Slide It InUnited Kingdom Whitesnake
Year of Release:1984Appears in:30 charts
Rank in 1984:98Rank Score:246
Rank in 1980s988Overall Rank:6,492
Average Rating:  72/100 (55 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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989.

Sentimental HygieneUnited States Warren Zevon
Year of Release:1987Appears in:35 charts
Rank in 1987:86Rank Score:246
Rank in 1980s989Overall Rank:6,496
Average Rating:  75/100 (44 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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990.

Stronger Than PrideMixed Nationality Sade
Year of Release:1988Appears in:40 charts
Rank in 1988:101Rank Score:246
Rank in 1980s990Overall Rank:6,507
Average Rating:  77/100 (44 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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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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