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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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RankAlbumArtist
171.

DeceitUnited Kingdom This Heat
Year of Release:1981Appears in:175 charts
Rank in 1981:13Rank Score:2,306
Rank in 1980s171Overall Rank:1,086
Average Rating:  80/100 (164 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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172.

16 Lovers LaneAustralia The Go-Betweens
Year of Release:1988Appears in:191 charts
Rank in 1988:20Rank Score:2,305
Rank in 1980s172Overall Rank:1,087
Average Rating:  79/100 (182 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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173.

...Nothing Like The SunUnited Kingdom Sting
Year of Release:1987Appears in:179 charts
Rank in 1987:23Rank Score:2,304
Rank in 1980s173Overall Rank:1,088
Average Rating:  74/100 (208 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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174.

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United Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1988Appears in:155 charts
Rank in 1988:21Rank Score:2,303
Rank in 1980s174Overall Rank:1,089
Average Rating:  81/100 (313 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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175.

KillersUnited Kingdom Iron Maiden
Year of Release:1981Appears in:156 charts
Rank in 1981:14Rank Score:2,295
Rank in 1980s175Overall Rank:1,094
Average Rating:  76/100 (334 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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176.

Tango In The NightUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
Year of Release:1987Appears in:189 charts
Rank in 1987:24Rank Score:2,258
Rank in 1980s176Overall Rank:1,112
Average Rating:  74/100 (282 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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177.

Fables Of The ReconstructionUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1985Appears in:244 charts
Rank in 1985:16Rank Score:2,256
Rank in 1980s177Overall Rank:1,115
Average Rating:  77/100 (342 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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178.

Diamond LifeMixed Nationality Sade
Year of Release:1984Appears in:225 charts
Rank in 1984:18Rank Score:2,250
Rank in 1980s178Overall Rank:1,120
Average Rating:  79/100 (208 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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179.

Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?United States Megadeth
Year of Release:1986Appears in:190 charts
Rank in 1986:14Rank Score:2,244
Rank in 1980s179Overall Rank:1,124
Average Rating:  78/100 (289 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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180.

Raising HellUnited States Run-D.M.C.
Year of Release:1986Appears in:256 charts
Rank in 1986:15Rank Score:2,244
Rank in 1980s180Overall Rank:1,125
Average Rating:  77/100 (271 votes)
Comments: 12 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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