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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 38,000 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.
19801,539286,000 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,572158,926 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,548201,178 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,534182,567 Murmur (143rd)
by R.E.M.
19841,568246,872 Purple Rain (97th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,577193,642 Hounds Of Love (105th)
by Kate Bush
19861,650270,609 The Queen Is Dead (20th)
by The Smiths
19871,814263,145 The Joshua Tree (37th)
by U2
19881,870246,043 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,920336,071 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,5922,385,052

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
41.

You're Living All Over MeUnited States Dinosaur Jr.
Year of Release:1987Appears in:494 charts
Rank in 1987:5Rank Score:8,659
Rank in 1980s41Overall Rank:330
Average Rating:  84/100 (550 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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42.

Double Nickels On The DimeUnited States Minutemen
Year of Release:1984Appears in:445 charts
Rank in 1984:8Rank Score:8,570
Rank in 1980s42Overall Rank:331
Average Rating:  82/100 (503 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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43.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:509 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:8,480
Rank in 1980s43Overall Rank:336
Average Rating:  81/100 (578 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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44.

WarIreland U2
Year of Release:1983Appears in:576 charts
Rank in 1983:5Rank Score:8,434
Rank in 1980s44Overall Rank:338
Average Rating:  79/100 (974 votes)
Comments: 73 comments
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45.

The DreamingUnited Kingdom Kate Bush
Year of Release:1982Appears in:413 charts
Rank in 1982:4Rank Score:8,127
Rank in 1980s45Overall Rank:347
Average Rating:  80/100 (520 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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46.

PornographyUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1982Appears in:493 charts
Rank in 1982:5Rank Score:7,712
Rank in 1980s46Overall Rank:363
Average Rating:  80/100 (705 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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47.

SkylarkingUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1986Appears in:443 charts
Rank in 1986:5Rank Score:7,379
Rank in 1980s47Overall Rank:374
Average Rating:  81/100 (476 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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48.

SwordfishtrombonesUnited States Tom Waits
Year of Release:1983Appears in:474 charts
Rank in 1983:6Rank Score:7,180
Rank in 1980s48Overall Rank:384
Average Rating:  82/100 (583 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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49.

DocumentUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1987Appears in:526 charts
Rank in 1987:6Rank Score:7,080
Rank in 1980s49Overall Rank:387
Average Rating:  81/100 (701 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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50.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:536 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:7,048
Rank in 1980s50Overall Rank:389
Average Rating:  81/100 (828 votes)
Comments: 43 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 118 12%
1982 101 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 101 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 98 10%
1987 86 9%
1988 99 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 415 42%
United States 388 39%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 20 2%
Mixed Nationality 20 2%
Ireland 18 2%
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