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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 27,000 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.
19801,153229,755 Remain In Light (49th)
by Talking Heads
19811,209127,594 Moving Pictures (155th)
by Rush
19821,182160,256 Thriller (75th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,161146,024 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,221201,718 Purple Rain (106th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,164154,693 Rain Dogs (103rd)
by Tom Waits
19861,281222,180 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,402215,508 The Joshua Tree (34th)
by U2
19881,370200,458 Daydream Nation (53rd)
by Sonic Youth
19891,385279,291 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total12,5281,937,477

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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RankAlbumArtist
31.

Strangeways, Here We ComeUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1987Appears in:446 charts
Rank in 1987:3Rank Score:9,325
Rank in 1980s31Overall Rank:246
Average Rating:  81/100 (684 votes)
Comments: 43 comments
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32.

Sign 'O' The TimesUnited States Prince
Year of Release:1987Appears in:423 charts
Rank in 1987:4Rank Score:9,131
Rank in 1980s32Overall Rank:251
Average Rating:  80/100 (523 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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33.

The Number Of The BeastUnited Kingdom Iron Maiden
Year of Release:1982Appears in:368 charts
Rank in 1982:2Rank Score:8,853
Rank in 1980s33Overall Rank:256
Average Rating:  79/100 (608 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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34.

SynchronicityUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1983Appears in:470 charts
Rank in 1983:3Rank Score:8,788
Rank in 1980s34Overall Rank:259
Average Rating:  78/100 (629 votes)
Comments: 48 comments
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35.

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1986Appears in:441 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:8,609
Rank in 1980s35Overall Rank:264
Average Rating:  79/100 (535 votes)
Comments: 38 comments
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36.

PsychocandyUnited Kingdom The Jesus And Mary Chain
Year of Release:1985Appears in:443 charts
Rank in 1985:5Rank Score:8,471
Rank in 1980s36Overall Rank:270
Average Rating:  80/100 (601 votes)
Comments: 46 comments
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37.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:372 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:8,024
Rank in 1980s37Overall Rank:285
Average Rating:  81/100 (451 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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38.

Hatful Of Hollow
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United Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1984Appears in:316 charts
Rank in 1984:7Rank Score:7,851
Rank in 1980s38Overall Rank:297
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (559 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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39.

...And Justice For AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1988Appears in:349 charts
Rank in 1988:5Rank Score:7,745
Rank in 1980s39Overall Rank:301
Average Rating:  78/100 (672 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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40.

NebraskaUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1982Appears in:406 charts
Rank in 1982:3Rank Score:7,745
Rank in 1980s40Overall Rank:302
Average Rating:  80/100 (608 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 120 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 98 10%
1985 84 8%
1986 101 10%
1987 93 9%
1988 95 10%
1989 98 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 28 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 13 1%
Norway 11 1%
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