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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.
19801,522283,973 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,546156,749 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,529199,705 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,518181,257 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,557244,337 Purple Rain (96th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,557192,374 Hounds Of Love (104th)
by Kate Bush
19861,628268,357 The Queen Is Dead (20th)
by The Smiths
19871,805261,245 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,845243,792 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,901333,456 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,4082,365,245

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:1,051 charts
Rank in 1988:2Rank Score:27,666
Rank in 1980s11Overall Rank:87
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,512 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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12.

Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1986Appears in:954 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:27,026
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:91
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,391 votes)
Comments: 87 comments
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13.

Purple RainUnited States Prince And The Revolution
Year of Release:1984Appears in:1,039 charts
Rank in 1984:1Rank Score:26,036
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:96
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,215 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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14.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:976 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:25,147
Rank in 1980s14Overall Rank:102
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,520 votes)
Comments: 114 comments
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15.

Hounds Of LoveUnited Kingdom Kate Bush
Year of Release:1985Appears in:921 charts
Rank in 1985:1Rank Score:23,769
Rank in 1980s15Overall Rank:104
Average Rating:  84/100 (932 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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16.

Rain DogsUnited States Tom Waits
Year of Release:1985Appears in:894 charts
Rank in 1985:2Rank Score:23,311
Rank in 1980s16Overall Rank:108
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,054 votes)
Comments: 68 comments
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17.

GracelandUnited States Paul Simon
Year of Release:1986Appears in:858 charts
Rank in 1986:3Rank Score:20,527
Rank in 1980s17Overall Rank:128
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,056 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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18.

MurmurUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1983Appears in:872 charts
Rank in 1983:1Rank Score:18,802
Rank in 1980s18Overall Rank:142
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,091 votes)
Comments: 79 comments
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19.

Moving PicturesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1981Appears in:750 charts
Rank in 1981:1Rank Score:17,568
Rank in 1980s19Overall Rank:152
Average Rating:  82/100 (969 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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20.

Spirit Of EdenUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1988Appears in:681 charts
Rank in 1988:3Rank Score:15,722
Rank in 1980s20Overall Rank:175
Average Rating:  84/100 (748 votes)
Comments: 46 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 119 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 97 10%
1984 99 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 97 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 101 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
Siouxsie And The Banshees 7 1%
R.E.M. 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 414 41%
United States 392 39%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 22 2%
Germany 19 2%
Ireland 16 2%
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