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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.
19801,546287,958 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,591160,498 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,558202,509 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,557184,007 Murmur (143rd)
by R.E.M.
19841,578248,533 Purple Rain (97th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,594195,379 Hounds Of Love (103rd)
by Kate Bush
19861,665272,664 The Queen Is Dead (20th)
by The Smiths
19871,832266,357 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,890246,846 Daydream Nation (58th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,935337,920 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,7462,402,670

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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Surfer RosaUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,077 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:28,225
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:86
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,534 votes)
Comments: 95 comments
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12.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:984 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:27,457
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:91
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,411 votes)
Comments: 89 comments
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13.

Purple RainUnited States Prince And The Revolution
Year of Release:1984Appears in:1,053 charts
Rank in 1984:1Rank Score:26,180
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:97
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,243 votes)
Comments: 97 comments
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14.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,001 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:25,509
Rank in 1980s14Overall Rank:101
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,538 votes)
Comments: 114 comments
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15.

Hounds Of LoveUnited Kingdom Kate Bush
Year of Release:1985Appears in:955 charts
Rank in 1985:1Rank Score:24,615
Rank in 1980s15Overall Rank:103
Average Rating:  84/100 (956 votes)
Comments: 69 comments
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16.

Rain DogsUnited States Tom Waits
Year of Release:1985Appears in:919 charts
Rank in 1985:2Rank Score:23,650
Rank in 1980s16Overall Rank:108
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,075 votes)
Comments: 69 comments
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17.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:872 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:20,834
Rank in 1980s17Overall Rank:127
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,073 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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18.

MurmurUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1983Appears in:886 charts
Rank in 1983:1Rank Score:18,918
Rank in 1980s18Overall Rank:143
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,105 votes)
Comments: 80 comments
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19.

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:775 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:18,186
Rank in 1980s19Overall Rank:152
Average Rating:  82/100 (994 votes)
Comments: 71 comments
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20.

Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:700 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:16,049
Rank in 1980s20Overall Rank:172
Average Rating:  84/100 (761 votes)
Comments: 47 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%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
R.E.M. 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
U2 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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