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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.
19801,546287,915 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,592160,484 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,559202,478 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,559183,931 Murmur (143rd)
by R.E.M.
19841,579248,391 Purple Rain (97th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,594195,390 Hounds Of Love (103rd)
by Kate Bush
19861,666272,387 The Queen Is Dead (20th)
by The Smiths
19871,832266,213 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,894246,676 Daydream Nation (58th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,936337,648 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,7572,401,514

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.

...Famous Last Words...United Kingdom Supertramp
Year of Release:1982Appears in:52 charts
Rank in 1982:100Rank Score:250
Rank in 1980s991Overall Rank:6,473
Average Rating:  72/100 (84 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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992.

Jonathan Sings!United States Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers
Year of Release:1983Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1983:98Rank Score:249
Rank in 1980s992Overall Rank:6,488
Average Rating:  71/100 (33 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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993.

YouthquakeUnited Kingdom Dead Or Alive
Year of Release:1985Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1985:87Rank Score:249
Rank in 1980s993Overall Rank:6,492
Average Rating:  69/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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994.

Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!United States Megadeth
Year of Release:1985Appears in:37 charts
Rank in 1985:88Rank Score:249
Rank in 1980s994Overall Rank:6,507
Average Rating:  72/100 (105 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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995.

ImaginosUnited States Blue Öyster Cult
Year of Release:1988Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1988:101Rank Score:249
Rank in 1980s995Overall Rank:6,508
Average Rating:  69/100 (38 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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996.

Slide It InUnited Kingdom Whitesnake
Year of Release:1984Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1984:100Rank Score:248
Rank in 1980s996Overall Rank:6,510
Average Rating:  71/100 (59 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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997.

Fore!United States Huey Lewis & The News
Year of Release:1986Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1986:97Rank Score:248
Rank in 1980s997Overall Rank:6,511
Average Rating:  69/100 (54 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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998.

Big WorldUnited Kingdom Joe Jackson
Year of Release:1986Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1986:98Rank Score:248
Rank in 1980s998Overall Rank:6,519
Average Rating:  74/100 (38 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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999.

Time Of No Reply
Compilation
United Kingdom Nick Drake
Year of Release:1987Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1987:87Rank Score:248
Rank in 1980s999Overall Rank:6,522
Average Rating:  76/100 (68 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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1000.

Raw Like SushiSweden Neneh Cherry
Year of Release:1989Appears in:67 charts
Rank in 1989:102Rank Score:248
Rank in 1980s1,000Overall Rank:6,527
Average Rating:  71/100 (61 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 109 11%
1981 117 12%
1982 100 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 100 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 98 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 101 10%
1989 102 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 415 42%
United States 388 39%
Australia 37 4%
Canada 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 21 2%
Germany 19 2%
Ireland 18 2%
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