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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.
19801,293250,340 Remain In Light (47th)
by Talking Heads
19811,323139,579 Moving Pictures (150th)
by Rush
19821,303176,238 Thriller (70th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,270160,409 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,324218,940 Purple Rain (102nd)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,304169,425 Rain Dogs (106th)
by Tom Waits
19861,416239,946 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,550233,997 The Joshua Tree (33rd)
by U2
19881,594216,665 Daydream Nation (54th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,576300,556 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total13,9532,106,095

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.

If I Should Fall From Grace With GodUnited Kingdom The Pogues
Year of Release:1988Appears in:186 charts
Rank in 1988:14Rank Score:2,576
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:858
Average Rating:  77/100 (230 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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132.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:145 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:2,542
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:861
Average Rating:  73/100 (209 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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133.

Let's DanceUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1983Appears in:277 charts
Rank in 1983:13Rank Score:2,530
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:868
Average Rating:  74/100 (457 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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134.

DareUnited Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:222 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:2,516
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:873
Average Rating:  74/100 (279 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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135.

DarklandsUnited Kingdom The Jesus And Mary Chain
Year of Release:1987Appears in:204 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:2,496
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:882
Average Rating:  79/100 (230 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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136.

Fire Of LoveUnited States The Gun Club
Year of Release:1981Appears in:169 charts
Rank in 1981:11Rank Score:2,459
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:893
Average Rating:  78/100 (192 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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137.

ParadeUnited States Prince And The Revolution
Year of Release:1986Appears in:187 charts
Rank in 1986:13Rank Score:2,459
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:894
Average Rating:  77/100 (246 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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138.

New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)United Kingdom Simple Minds
Year of Release:1982Appears in:167 charts
Rank in 1982:12Rank Score:2,453
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:896
Average Rating:  77/100 (175 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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139.

Diesel And DustAustralia Midnight Oil
Year of Release:1987Appears in:188 charts
Rank in 1987:17Rank Score:2,423
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:902
Average Rating:  75/100 (201 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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140.

Tunnel Of LoveUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1987Appears in:179 charts
Rank in 1987:18Rank Score:2,419
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:905
Average Rating:  74/100 (351 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 123 12%
1982 98 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 93 9%
1985 83 8%
1986 101 10%
1987 90 9%
1988 99 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
R.E.M. 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
U2 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 413 41%
United States 399 40%
Australia 43 4%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 21 2%
Ireland 16 2%
Norway 10 1%
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