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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 30,000 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.
19801,275247,504 Remain In Light (45th)
by Talking Heads
19811,308137,879 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,292173,828 Thriller (70th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,254158,783 Murmur (141st)
by R.E.M.
19841,315216,734 Purple Rain (103rd)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,283167,780 Rain Dogs (105th)
by Tom Waits
19861,398237,561 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,529231,282 The Joshua Tree (33rd)
by U2
19881,557214,350 Daydream Nation (54th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,541298,145 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total13,7522,083,845

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, U2, The Cure, The Stone Roses, Talking Heads, Metallica, Sonic Youth and R.E.M..
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RankAlbumArtist
131.

DareUnited Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:215 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:2,541
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:858
Average Rating:  74/100 (276 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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132.

Imperial BedroomUnited Kingdom Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Year of Release:1982Appears in:166 charts
Rank in 1982:11Rank Score:2,534
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:861
Average Rating:  77/100 (233 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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133.

If I Should Fall From Grace With GodUnited Kingdom The Pogues
Year of Release:1988Appears in:186 charts
Rank in 1988:14Rank Score:2,502
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:868
Average Rating:  77/100 (228 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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134.

DarklandsUnited Kingdom The Jesus And Mary Chain
Year of Release:1987Appears in:198 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:2,449
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:888
Average Rating:  79/100 (227 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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135.

New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)United Kingdom Simple Minds
Year of Release:1982Appears in:166 charts
Rank in 1982:12Rank Score:2,448
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:889
Average Rating:  77/100 (174 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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136.

ParadeUnited States Prince And The Revolution
Year of Release:1986Appears in:185 charts
Rank in 1986:13Rank Score:2,445
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:890
Average Rating:  77/100 (241 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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137.

Let's DanceUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1983Appears in:270 charts
Rank in 1983:13Rank Score:2,429
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:893
Average Rating:  74/100 (453 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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138.

Fire Of LoveUnited States The Gun Club
Year of Release:1981Appears in:167 charts
Rank in 1981:11Rank Score:2,402
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:898
Average Rating:  78/100 (190 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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139.

Tunnel Of LoveUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1987Appears in:174 charts
Rank in 1987:17Rank Score:2,400
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:899
Average Rating:  74/100 (350 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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140.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:154 charts
Rank in 1981:12Rank Score:2,388
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:903
Average Rating:  76/100 (210 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 120 12%
1982 97 10%
1983 100 10%
1984 95 10%
1985 83 8%
1986 103 10%
1987 91 9%
1988 98 10%
1989 101 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 417 42%
United States 394 39%
Australia 44 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 23 2%
Ireland 16 2%
Norway 10 1%
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