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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 30,000 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.
19801,293250,160 Remain In Light (47th)
by Talking Heads
19811,323139,554 Moving Pictures (149th)
by Rush
19821,302176,051 Thriller (70th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,270160,392 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,323218,769 Purple Rain (102nd)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,301169,167 Rain Dogs (106th)
by Tom Waits
19861,415239,786 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,549233,810 The Joshua Tree (33rd)
by U2
19881,595216,552 Daydream Nation (54th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,574300,479 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total13,9452,104,720

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

Sign 'O' The TimesUnited States Prince
Year of Release:1987Appears in:487 charts
Rank in 1987:3Rank Score:10,141
Rank in 1980s31Overall Rank:244
Average Rating:  80/100 (573 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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32.

Strangeways, Here We ComeUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1987Appears in:492 charts
Rank in 1987:4Rank Score:10,039
Rank in 1980s32Overall Rank:249
Average Rating:  81/100 (742 votes)
Comments: 47 comments
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33.

The Number Of The BeastUnited Kingdom Iron Maiden
Year of Release:1982Appears in:408 charts
Rank in 1982:2Rank Score:9,239
Rank in 1980s33Overall Rank:264
Average Rating:  79/100 (662 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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34.

Hatful Of Hollow
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United Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1984Appears in:375 charts
Rank in 1984:7Rank Score:9,221
Rank in 1980s34Overall Rank:265
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (623 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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35.

PsychocandyUnited Kingdom The Jesus And Mary Chain
Year of Release:1985Appears in:502 charts
Rank in 1985:5Rank Score:9,187
Rank in 1980s35Overall Rank:267
Average Rating:  80/100 (638 votes)
Comments: 52 comments
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36.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:502 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:9,095
Rank in 1980s36Overall Rank:270
Average Rating:  79/100 (577 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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37.

SynchronicityUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1983Appears in:517 charts
Rank in 1983:3Rank Score:9,056
Rank in 1980s37Overall Rank:273
Average Rating:  78/100 (668 votes)
Comments: 48 comments
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38.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:421 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:8,346
Rank in 1980s38Overall Rank:298
Average Rating:  81/100 (492 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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39.

Power, Corruption And LiesUnited Kingdom New Order
Year of Release:1983Appears in:466 charts
Rank in 1983:4Rank Score:8,282
Rank in 1980s39Overall Rank:304
Average Rating:  82/100 (549 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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40.

...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:385 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:8,249
Rank in 1980s40Overall Rank:306
Average Rating:  78/100 (736 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 123 12%
1982 98 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 93 9%
1985 83 8%
1986 101 10%
1987 90 9%
1988 99 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 413 41%
United States 399 40%
Australia 43 4%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 21 2%
Ireland 16 2%
Norway 10 1%
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