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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 37,000 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.
19801,496283,117 Remain In Light (40th)
by Talking Heads
19811,517155,549 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,506199,601 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,490179,803 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,532243,812 Purple Rain (95th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,525190,995 Hounds Of Love (105th)
by Kate Bush
19861,603267,704 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,769259,787 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,803243,485 Daydream Nation (57th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,862332,427 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,1032,356,281

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:1,046 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:27,615
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:86
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,491 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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12.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:946 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:27,044
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:91
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,375 votes)
Comments: 87 comments
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13.

Purple RainUnited States Prince And The Revolution
Year of Release:1984Appears in:1,032 charts
Rank in 1984:1Rank Score:25,954
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:95
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,196 votes)
Comments: 89 comments
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14.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:968 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:25,345
Rank in 1980s14Overall Rank:100
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,500 votes)
Comments: 113 comments
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15.

Hounds Of LoveUnited Kingdom Kate Bush
Year of Release:1985Appears in:914 charts
Rank in 1985:1Rank Score:23,492
Rank in 1980s15Overall Rank:105
Average Rating:  84/100 (920 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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16.

Rain DogsUnited States Tom Waits
Year of Release:1985Appears in:892 charts
Rank in 1985:2Rank Score:23,272
Rank in 1980s16Overall Rank:109
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,043 votes)
Comments: 66 comments
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17.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:851 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:20,457
Rank in 1980s17Overall Rank:126
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,041 votes)
Comments: 57 comments
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18.

MurmurUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1983Appears in:865 charts
Rank in 1983:1Rank Score:18,704
Rank in 1980s18Overall Rank:142
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,075 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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19.

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:744 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:17,639
Rank in 1980s19Overall Rank:152
Average Rating:  82/100 (955 votes)
Comments: 66 comments
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20.

Paul's BoutiqueUnited States Beastie Boys
Year of Release:1989Appears in:650 charts
Rank in 1989:4Rank Score:15,566
Rank in 1980s20Overall Rank:175
Average Rating:  82/100 (804 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 117 12%
1982 100 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 97 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 99 10%
1987 88 9%
1988 101 10%
1989 102 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 419 42%
United States 391 39%
Australia 33 3%
Canada 27 3%
Mixed Nationality 22 2%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 18 2%
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