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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 28,000 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.
19801,193235,984 Remain In Light (48th)
by Talking Heads
19811,251131,294 Moving Pictures (153rd)
by Rush
19821,222164,010 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,199150,487 Murmur (141st)
by R.E.M.
19841,249205,651 Purple Rain (106th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,215159,762 Rain Dogs (105th)
by Tom Waits
19861,328228,207 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,459221,451 The Joshua Tree (33rd)
by U2
19881,440206,721 Daydream Nation (54th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,430288,046 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total12,9861,991,614

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

DareUnited Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:199 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:2,453
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:849
Average Rating:  74/100 (263 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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132.

If I Should Fall From Grace With GodUnited Kingdom The Pogues
Year of Release:1988Appears in:172 charts
Rank in 1988:14Rank Score:2,396
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:868
Average Rating:  77/100 (216 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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133.

ParadeUnited States Prince And The Revolution
Year of Release:1986Appears in:168 charts
Rank in 1986:13Rank Score:2,362
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:876
Average Rating:  77/100 (230 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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134.


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United States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:67 charts
Rank in 1988:15Rank Score:2,333
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:883
Average Rating:  83/100 (197 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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135.

DarklandsUnited Kingdom The Jesus And Mary Chain
Year of Release:1987Appears in:180 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:2,326
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:886
Average Rating:  78/100 (214 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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136.

New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)United Kingdom Simple Minds
Year of Release:1982Appears in:158 charts
Rank in 1982:11Rank Score:2,320
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:888
Average Rating:  77/100 (160 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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137.

The Sensual WorldUnited Kingdom Kate Bush
Year of Release:1989Appears in:179 charts
Rank in 1989:14Rank Score:2,300
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:903
Average Rating:  76/100 (234 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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138.

Fire Of LoveUnited States The Gun Club
Year of Release:1981Appears in:160 charts
Rank in 1981:11Rank Score:2,287
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:908
Average Rating:  79/100 (181 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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139.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:145 charts
Rank in 1981:12Rank Score:2,284
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:910
Average Rating:  76/100 (201 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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140.

Combat RockUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1982Appears in:248 charts
Rank in 1982:12Rank Score:2,270
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:915
Average Rating:  75/100 (412 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 121 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 95 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 101 10%
1987 91 9%
1988 97 10%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 418 42%
United States 395 40%
Australia 43 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 13 1%
Argentina 11 1%
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