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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.
19801,522284,475 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,546157,043 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,529199,932 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,518181,524 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,557244,671 Purple Rain (96th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,558192,480 Hounds Of Love (105th)
by Kate Bush
19861,629268,622 The Queen Is Dead (20th)
by The Smiths
19871,804261,356 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,845243,949 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,901333,730 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,4092,367,781

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:1,052 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:27,693
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:87
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,514 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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12.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:955 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:27,130
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:91
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,395 votes)
Comments: 87 comments
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13.

Purple RainUnited States Prince And The Revolution
Year of Release:1984Appears in:1,039 charts
Rank in 1984:1Rank Score:26,033
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:96
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,216 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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14.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:977 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:25,218
Rank in 1980s14Overall Rank:100
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,523 votes)
Comments: 114 comments
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15.

Hounds Of LoveUnited Kingdom Kate Bush
Year of Release:1985Appears in:921 charts
Rank in 1985:1Rank Score:23,754
Rank in 1980s15Overall Rank:105
Average Rating:  84/100 (934 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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16.

Rain DogsUnited States Tom Waits
Year of Release:1985Appears in:897 charts
Rank in 1985:2Rank Score:23,340
Rank in 1980s16Overall Rank:108
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,055 votes)
Comments: 68 comments
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17.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:858 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:20,532
Rank in 1980s17Overall Rank:128
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,057 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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18.

MurmurUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1983Appears in:873 charts
Rank in 1983:1Rank Score:18,816
Rank in 1980s18Overall Rank:142
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,092 votes)
Comments: 79 comments
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19.

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:752 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:17,583
Rank in 1980s19Overall Rank:152
Average Rating:  82/100 (971 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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20.

Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:684 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:15,791
Rank in 1980s20Overall Rank:174
Average Rating:  84/100 (749 votes)
Comments: 46 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 120 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 97 10%
1984 98 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 97 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 102 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 391 39%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 21 2%
Germany 19 2%
Ireland 16 2%
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