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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.
19801,291250,385 Remain In Light (45th)
by Talking Heads
19811,322139,616 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,301175,798 Thriller (70th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,267160,239 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,322219,282 Purple Rain (102nd)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,300169,511 Rain Dogs (105th)
by Tom Waits
19861,417240,008 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,549233,572 The Joshua Tree (33rd)
by U2
19881,595216,828 Daydream Nation (54th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,572300,541 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total13,9362,105,781

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:221 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:2,556
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:859
Average Rating:  74/100 (279 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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132.

Imperial BedroomUnited Kingdom Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Year of Release:1982Appears in:170 charts
Rank in 1982:11Rank Score:2,554
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:862
Average Rating:  77/100 (237 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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133.

Let's DanceUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1983Appears in:276 charts
Rank in 1983:13Rank Score:2,527
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:868
Average Rating:  74/100 (457 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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134.

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1981Appears in:144 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:2,511
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:875
Average Rating:  73/100 (208 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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135.

Fire Of LoveUnited States The Gun Club
Year of Release:1981Appears in:169 charts
Rank in 1981:11Rank Score:2,485
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:882
Average Rating:  78/100 (191 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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136.

ParadeUnited States Prince And The Revolution
Year of Release:1986Appears in:188 charts
Rank in 1986:13Rank Score:2,460
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:890
Average Rating:  77/100 (244 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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137.

DarklandsUnited Kingdom The Jesus And Mary Chain
Year of Release:1987Appears in:203 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:2,457
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:892
Average Rating:  79/100 (229 votes)
Comments: 9 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:2,449
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:895
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:2,422
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 113 11%
1981 123 12%
1982 98 10%
1983 99 10%
1984 94 9%
1985 81 8%
1986 103 10%
1987 90 9%
1988 99 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 413 41%
United States 397 40%
Australia 45 5%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 21 2%
Ireland 16 2%
Argentina 10 1%
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