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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.
19801,535285,691 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,568158,029 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,543201,055 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,531182,136 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,566246,564 Purple Rain (96th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,572193,306 Hounds Of Love (104th)
by Kate Bush
19861,642269,341 The Queen Is Dead (20th)
by The Smiths
19871,812262,687 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,858245,054 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,912335,521 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,5392,379,385

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
991.

Big WorldUnited Kingdom Joe Jackson
Year of Release:1986Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1986:97Rank Score:247
Rank in 1980s991Overall Rank:6,492
Average Rating:  73/100 (39 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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992.

TallulahAustralia The Go-Betweens
Year of Release:1987Appears in:43 charts
Rank in 1987:85Rank Score:247
Rank in 1980s992Overall Rank:6,499
Average Rating:  77/100 (47 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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993.

Bass CultureUnited Kingdom Linton Kwesi Johnson
Year of Release:1980Appears in:37 charts
Rank in 1980:110Rank Score:247
Rank in 1980s993Overall Rank:6,502
Average Rating:  78/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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994.

Chris IsaakUnited States Chris Isaak
Year of Release:1987Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1987:86Rank Score:246
Rank in 1980s994Overall Rank:6,508
Average Rating:  67/100 (47 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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995.

Slide It InUnited Kingdom Whitesnake
Year of Release:1984Appears in:30 charts
Rank in 1984:100Rank Score:246
Rank in 1980s995Overall Rank:6,510
Average Rating:  72/100 (58 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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996.

KamikazeArgentina Luis Alberto Spinetta
Year of Release:1982Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1982:102Rank Score:246
Rank in 1980s996Overall Rank:6,524
Average Rating:  78/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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997.

SynthesistGermany Harald Grosskopf
Year of Release:1980Appears in:35 charts
Rank in 1980:111Rank Score:245
Rank in 1980s997Overall Rank:6,525
Average Rating:  75/100 (39 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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998.

Time Of No Reply
Compilation
United Kingdom Nick Drake
Year of Release:1987Appears in:19 charts
Rank in 1987:87Rank Score:245
Rank in 1980s998Overall Rank:6,526
Average Rating:  76/100 (68 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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999.

Ta Ein Kjangs!Norway Stavangerensemblet
Year of Release:1980Appears in:9 charts
Rank in 1980:112Rank Score:245
Rank in 1980s999Overall Rank:6,537
Average Rating:  66/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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1000.

The Best Of Eagles
Compilation
United States Eagles
Year of Release:1985Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1985:88Rank Score:245
Rank in 1980s1,000Overall Rank:6,538
Average Rating:  74/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 117 12%
1982 102 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 100 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 97 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 99 10%
1989 100 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 416 42%
United States 387 39%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 20 2%
Mixed Nationality 20 2%
Ireland 17 2%
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