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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.
19801,539286,650 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,573159,119 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,548201,471 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,535182,860 Murmur (143rd)
by R.E.M.
19841,569247,307 Purple Rain (97th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,577193,851 Hounds Of Love (105th)
by Kate Bush
19861,651270,859 The Queen Is Dead (20th)
by The Smiths
19871,814263,265 The Joshua Tree (37th)
by U2
19881,870246,195 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,920336,366 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,5962,387,943

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
581.

Long Cold WinterUnited States Cinderella
Year of Release:1988Appears in:40 charts
Rank in 1988:58Rank Score:512
Rank in 1980s581Overall Rank:3,647
Average Rating:  71/100 (59 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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582.

Bonded By BloodUnited States Exodus
Year of Release:1985Appears in:41 charts
Rank in 1985:46Rank Score:511
Rank in 1980s582Overall Rank:3,651
Average Rating:  76/100 (57 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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583.

Stationary TravellerUnited Kingdom Camel
Year of Release:1984Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1984:64Rank Score:508
Rank in 1980s583Overall Rank:3,666
Average Rating:  74/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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584.

CaliforniaUnited States American Music Club
Year of Release:1988Appears in:58 charts
Rank in 1988:59Rank Score:507
Rank in 1980s584Overall Rank:3,672
Average Rating:  75/100 (58 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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585.

True ColorsUnited States Cyndi Lauper
Year of Release:1986Appears in:48 charts
Rank in 1986:56Rank Score:507
Rank in 1980s585Overall Rank:3,677
Average Rating:  69/100 (66 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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586.

Friday Night In San FranciscoMixed Nationality Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin & Paco de Lucía
Year of Release:1981Appears in:60 charts
Rank in 1981:70Rank Score:506
Rank in 1980s586Overall Rank:3,686
Average Rating:  76/100 (63 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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587.

Building The Perfect BeastUnited States Don Henley
Year of Release:1984Appears in:62 charts
Rank in 1984:65Rank Score:505
Rank in 1980s587Overall Rank:3,691
Average Rating:  69/100 (99 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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588.

SavageUnited Kingdom Eurythmics
Year of Release:1987Appears in:43 charts
Rank in 1987:54Rank Score:503
Rank in 1980s588Overall Rank:3,703
Average Rating:  69/100 (67 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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589.

Construction Time AgainUnited Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1983Appears in:75 charts
Rank in 1983:54Rank Score:502
Rank in 1980s589Overall Rank:3,705
Average Rating:  71/100 (126 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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590.

Ziggy Stardust The Motion PictureUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1983Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1983:55Rank Score:501
Rank in 1980s590Overall Rank:3,706
Average Rating:  76/100 (108 votes)
Comments: 5 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%
Talking Heads 7 1%
Siouxsie And The Banshees 7 1%
R.E.M. 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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