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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 28,000 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.
19801,193235,984 Remain In Light (48th)
by Talking Heads
19811,251131,294 Moving Pictures (153rd)
by Rush
19821,222164,010 Thriller (71st)
by Michael Jackson
19831,199150,487 Murmur (141st)
by R.E.M.
19841,249205,651 Purple Rain (106th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,215159,762 Rain Dogs (105th)
by Tom Waits
19861,328228,207 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,459221,451 The Joshua Tree (33rd)
by U2
19881,440206,721 Daydream Nation (54th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,430288,046 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total12,9861,991,614

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, U2, The Cure, The Stone Roses, Metallica, Talking Heads, Sonic Youth and R.E.M..
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31.

Strangeways, Here We ComeUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1987Appears in:458 charts
Rank in 1987:3Rank Score:9,502
Rank in 1980s31Overall Rank:248
Average Rating:  81/100 (695 votes)
Comments: 44 comments
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32.

Sign 'O' The TimesUnited States Prince
Year of Release:1987Appears in:441 charts
Rank in 1987:4Rank Score:9,455
Rank in 1980s32Overall Rank:250
Average Rating:  80/100 (537 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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33.

SynchronicityUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1983Appears in:489 charts
Rank in 1983:3Rank Score:8,887
Rank in 1980s33Overall Rank:260
Average Rating:  78/100 (642 votes)
Comments: 48 comments
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34.

The Number Of The BeastUnited Kingdom Iron Maiden
Year of Release:1982Appears in:379 charts
Rank in 1982:2Rank Score:8,746
Rank in 1980s34Overall Rank:265
Average Rating:  79/100 (624 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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35.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:462 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:8,697
Rank in 1980s35Overall Rank:267
Average Rating:  79/100 (553 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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36.

PsychocandyUnited Kingdom The Jesus And Mary Chain
Year of Release:1985Appears in:449 charts
Rank in 1985:5Rank Score:8,465
Rank in 1980s36Overall Rank:276
Average Rating:  80/100 (614 votes)
Comments: 46 comments
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37.

Hatful Of Hollow
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United Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1984Appears in:334 charts
Rank in 1984:7Rank Score:8,204
Rank in 1980s37Overall Rank:290
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (576 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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38.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:390 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:8,072
Rank in 1980s38Overall Rank:295
Average Rating:  81/100 (465 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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39.

...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:365 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:8,050
Rank in 1980s39Overall Rank:297
Average Rating:  78/100 (695 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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40.

Power, Corruption And LiesUnited Kingdom New Order
Year of Release:1983Appears in:424 charts
Rank in 1983:4Rank Score:7,914
Rank in 1980s40Overall Rank:301
Average Rating:  81/100 (508 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 121 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 95 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 101 10%
1987 91 9%
1988 97 10%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
U2 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
Simple Minds 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 418 42%
United States 395 40%
Australia 43 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 13 1%
Argentina 11 1%
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