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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.
19801,546287,933 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,591160,411 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,559202,421 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,558183,902 Murmur (143rd)
by R.E.M.
19841,579248,346 Purple Rain (97th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,594195,405 Hounds Of Love (103rd)
by Kate Bush
19861,665272,530 The Queen Is Dead (20th)
by The Smiths
19871,832266,204 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,891246,798 Daydream Nation (58th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,935337,773 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,7502,401,722

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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RankAlbumArtist
131.

Ghost In The MachineUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1981Appears in:302 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:2,991
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:862
Average Rating:  76/100 (399 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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132.

Imperial BedroomUnited Kingdom Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Year of Release:1982Appears in:210 charts
Rank in 1982:11Rank Score:2,980
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:866
Average Rating:  78/100 (291 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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133.

DarklandsUnited Kingdom The Jesus And Mary Chain
Year of Release:1987Appears in:254 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:2,922
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:878
Average Rating:  79/100 (279 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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134.

New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)United Kingdom Simple Minds
Year of Release:1982Appears in:215 charts
Rank in 1982:12Rank Score:2,875
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:887
Average Rating:  77/100 (223 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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135.

The Sensual WorldUnited Kingdom Kate Bush
Year of Release:1989Appears in:242 charts
Rank in 1989:14Rank Score:2,851
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:896
Average Rating:  78/100 (311 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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136.

ParadeUnited States Prince And The Revolution
Year of Release:1986Appears in:228 charts
Rank in 1986:13Rank Score:2,843
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:900
Average Rating:  78/100 (304 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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137.

If I Should Fall From Grace With GodUnited Kingdom The Pogues
Year of Release:1988Appears in:212 charts
Rank in 1988:14Rank Score:2,802
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:920
Average Rating:  78/100 (273 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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138.

Diesel And DustAustralia Midnight Oil
Year of Release:1987Appears in:226 charts
Rank in 1987:17Rank Score:2,758
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:925
Average Rating:  76/100 (244 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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139.

Texas FloodUnited States Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
Year of Release:1983Appears in:227 charts
Rank in 1983:13Rank Score:2,725
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:930
Average Rating:  79/100 (270 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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140.

Fire Of LoveUnited States The Gun Club
Year of Release:1981Appears in:200 charts
Rank in 1981:11Rank Score:2,723
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:932
Average Rating:  79/100 (225 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 109 11%
1981 117 12%
1982 100 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 101 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 98 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 100 10%
1989 102 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%
Siouxsie And The Banshees 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 415 42%
United States 388 39%
Australia 37 4%
Canada 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 21 2%
Germany 19 2%
Ireland 18 2%
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