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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.
19801,539286,198 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,572158,950 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,548201,262 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,534182,656 Murmur (143rd)
by R.E.M.
19841,568247,053 Purple Rain (97th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,577193,596 Hounds Of Love (105th)
by Kate Bush
19861,651270,666 The Queen Is Dead (20th)
by The Smiths
19871,814263,179 The Joshua Tree (37th)
by U2
19881,870246,036 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,920336,192 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,5932,385,788

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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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,069 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:28,090
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:86
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,528 votes)
Comments: 94 comments
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12.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:975 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:27,341
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:90
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,405 votes)
Comments: 88 comments
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13.

Purple RainUnited States Prince And The Revolution
Year of Release:1984Appears in:1,043 charts
Rank in 1984:1Rank Score:26,124
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:97
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,232 votes)
Comments: 96 comments
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14.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:987 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:25,221
Rank in 1980s14Overall Rank:102
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,533 votes)
Comments: 114 comments
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15.

Hounds Of LoveUnited Kingdom Kate Bush
Year of Release:1985Appears in:932 charts
Rank in 1985:1Rank Score:23,847
Rank in 1980s15Overall Rank:105
Average Rating:  84/100 (945 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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16.

Rain DogsUnited States Tom Waits
Year of Release:1985Appears in:907 charts
Rank in 1985:2Rank Score:23,521
Rank in 1980s16Overall Rank:109
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,065 votes)
Comments: 69 comments
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17.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:862 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:20,751
Rank in 1980s17Overall Rank:127
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,067 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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18.

MurmurUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1983Appears in:880 charts
Rank in 1983:1Rank Score:18,796
Rank in 1980s18Overall Rank:143
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,101 votes)
Comments: 80 comments
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19.

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:764 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:17,757
Rank in 1980s19Overall Rank:152
Average Rating:  82/100 (982 votes)
Comments: 69 comments
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20.

Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:695 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:15,916
Rank in 1980s20Overall Rank:173
Average Rating:  84/100 (757 votes)
Comments: 46 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 118 12%
1982 101 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 101 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 98 10%
1987 86 9%
1988 99 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
U2 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 415 42%
United States 388 39%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 20 2%
Mixed Nationality 20 2%
Ireland 18 2%
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