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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.
19801,467281,817 Remain In Light (40th)
by Talking Heads
19811,504154,826 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,493197,676 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,476178,920 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,523242,536 Purple Rain (95th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,514189,510 Rain Dogs (109th)
by Tom Waits
19861,596266,288 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,763258,296 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,794242,526 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,851331,547 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total15,9812,343,942

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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RankAlbumArtist
1.

DoolittleUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1989Appears in:2,075 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:82,317
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,329 votes)
Comments: 237 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,977 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:76,040
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,260 votes)
Comments: 212 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,571 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:55,865
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,809 votes)
Comments: 174 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,495 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:49,275
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:36
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,994 votes)
Comments: 192 comments
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5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,484 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:46,390
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:40
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,692 votes)
Comments: 139 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,324 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:42,770
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:44
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,486 votes)
Comments: 105 comments
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7.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,239 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:37,981
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:56
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,465 votes)
Comments: 119 comments
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8.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,166 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:33,316
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:67
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,505 votes)
Comments: 92 comments
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9.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,092 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:32,395
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:70
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,573 votes)
Comments: 134 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:1,201 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:31,648
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:73
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,670 votes)
Comments: 111 comments
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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%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Siouxsie And The Banshees 7 1%
R.E.M. 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 420 42%
United States 391 39%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 19 2%
Mixed Nationality 17 2%
Ireland 17 2%
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