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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.
19801,521283,737 Remain In Light (40th)
by Talking Heads
19811,546156,702 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,529199,611 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,518181,139 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,556244,089 Purple Rain (96th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,558192,244 Hounds Of Love (105th)
by Kate Bush
19861,628268,309 The Queen Is Dead (20th)
by The Smiths
19871,804261,125 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,844243,684 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,901333,270 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,4052,363,909

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
532.

VividUnited States Living Colour
Year of Release:1988Appears in:84 charts
Rank in 1988:51Rank Score:560
Rank in 1980s532Overall Rank:3,370
Average Rating:  74/100 (109 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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533.

PeepshowUnited Kingdom Siouxsie And The Banshees
Year of Release:1988Appears in:65 charts
Rank in 1988:52Rank Score:560
Rank in 1980s533Overall Rank:3,372
Average Rating:  76/100 (87 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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534.

Critical BeatdownUnited States Ultramagnetic MCs
Year of Release:1988Appears in:68 charts
Rank in 1988:53Rank Score:559
Rank in 1980s534Overall Rank:3,379
Average Rating:  76/100 (71 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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549.

Descanso DominicalSpain Mecano
Year of Release:1988Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1988:54Rank Score:545
Rank in 1980s549Overall Rank:3,449
Average Rating:  69/100 (27 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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554.

So Far, So Good... So What!United States Megadeth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:48 charts
Rank in 1988:55Rank Score:543
Rank in 1980s554Overall Rank:3,461
Average Rating:  74/100 (119 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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559.

Workers PlaytimeUnited Kingdom Billy Bragg
Year of Release:1988Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1988:56Rank Score:536
Rank in 1980s559Overall Rank:3,503
Average Rating:  74/100 (46 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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576.

CaliforniaUnited States American Music Club
Year of Release:1988Appears in:57 charts
Rank in 1988:57Rank Score:515
Rank in 1980s576Overall Rank:3,611
Average Rating:  75/100 (57 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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589.

Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part 2Germany Helloween
Year of Release:1988Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1988:58Rank Score:497
Rank in 1980s589Overall Rank:3,698
Average Rating:  72/100 (72 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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592.

Long Cold WinterUnited States Cinderella
Year of Release:1988Appears in:38 charts
Rank in 1988:59Rank Score:497
Rank in 1980s592Overall Rank:3,702
Average Rating:  71/100 (59 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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606.

Love JunkCanada The Pursuit Of Happiness
Year of Release:1988Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1988:60Rank Score:475
Rank in 1980s606Overall Rank:3,828
Average Rating:  70/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 119 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 97 10%
1984 99 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 97 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 391 39%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 23 2%
Germany 19 2%
Ireland 16 2%
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