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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.
19801,466281,388 Remain In Light (40th)
by Talking Heads
19811,503154,731 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,492197,605 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,476178,791 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,522242,262 Purple Rain (95th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,512189,428 Rain Dogs (109th)
by Tom Waits
19861,595265,883 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,760257,689 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,790242,078 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,850330,872 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total15,9662,340,727

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, U2, Talking Heads, The Stone Roses, Metallica, Sonic Youth and R.E.M..
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RankAlbumArtist
991.

The WaterboysIreland The Waterboys
Year of Release:1983Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1983:97Rank Score:244
Rank in 1980s991Overall Rank:6,490
Average Rating:  74/100 (41 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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992.

La Cagaste Burt LancasterSpain Hombres G
Year of Release:1986Appears in:13 charts
Rank in 1986:99Rank Score:243
Rank in 1980s992Overall Rank:6,495
Average Rating:  70/100 (10 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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993.

TallulahAustralia The Go-Betweens
Year of Release:1987Appears in:42 charts
Rank in 1987:85Rank Score:243
Rank in 1980s993Overall Rank:6,498
Average Rating:  78/100 (45 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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994.

Time Of No Reply
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United Kingdom Nick Drake
Year of Release:1987Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1987:86Rank Score:243
Rank in 1980s994Overall Rank:6,500
Average Rating:  76/100 (63 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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995.

Pump Up The Jam: The AlbumBelgium Technotronic
Year of Release:1989Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1989:101Rank Score:243
Rank in 1980s995Overall Rank:6,502
Average Rating:  67/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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996.

Try To Be MenschGermany Element Of Crime
Year of Release:1987Appears in:11 charts
Rank in 1987:87Rank Score:243
Rank in 1980s996Overall Rank:6,513
Average Rating:  74/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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997.

More Fun In The New WorldUnited States X
Year of Release:1983Appears in:38 charts
Rank in 1983:98Rank Score:242
Rank in 1980s997Overall Rank:6,523
Average Rating:  75/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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998.

Prairie School FreakoutUnited States Eleventh Dream Day
Year of Release:1988Appears in:18 charts
Rank in 1988:102Rank Score:242
Rank in 1980s998Overall Rank:6,533
Average Rating:  73/100 (13 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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999.

Erik Satie: 3 Gymnopédies & Other Piano WorksFrance Pascal Rogé
Year of Release:1984Appears in:8 charts
Rank in 1984:97Rank Score:242
Rank in 1980s999Overall Rank:6,538
Average Rating:  72/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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1000.

Sheffield SteelUnited Kingdom Joe Cocker
Year of Release:1982Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1982:102Rank Score:242
Rank in 1980s1,000Overall Rank:6,539
Average Rating:  67/100 (14 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 117 12%
1982 102 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 97 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 99 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 101 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 421 42%
United States 391 39%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 19 2%
Ireland 17 2%
Mixed Nationality 16 2%
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