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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 28,000 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.
19801,193235,874 Remain In Light (48th)
by Talking Heads
19811,251131,270 Moving Pictures (153rd)
by Rush
19821,222163,984 Thriller (71st)
by Michael Jackson
19831,199150,336 Murmur (141st)
by R.E.M.
19841,249205,452 Purple Rain (106th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,214159,659 Rain Dogs (105th)
by Tom Waits
19861,328227,905 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,459221,223 The Joshua Tree (33rd)
by U2
19881,440206,657 Daydream Nation (54th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,428287,951 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total12,9831,990,311

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
591.

Don't Say NoUnited States Billy Squier
Year of Release:1981Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1981:67Rank Score:423
Rank in 1980s591Overall Rank:3,607
Average Rating:  72/100 (58 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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592.

Different Trains (Kronos Quartet); Electric Counterpoint (Pat Metheny)United States Steve Reich
Year of Release:1989Appears in:33 charts
Rank in 1989:55Rank Score:421
Rank in 1980s592Overall Rank:3,622
Average Rating:  78/100 (26 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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593.

Empires And DanceUnited Kingdom Simple Minds
Year of Release:1980Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1980:72Rank Score:419
Rank in 1980s593Overall Rank:3,626
Average Rating:  73/100 (53 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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594.

BummedUnited Kingdom Happy Mondays
Year of Release:1988Appears in:61 charts
Rank in 1988:59Rank Score:418
Rank in 1980s594Overall Rank:3,636
Average Rating:  75/100 (66 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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595.

MaskUnited Kingdom Bauhaus
Year of Release:1981Appears in:61 charts
Rank in 1981:68Rank Score:417
Rank in 1980s595Overall Rank:3,643
Average Rating:  77/100 (81 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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596.

Ali Farka Toure (Ten Songs From The Legendary Singer From Mali)Mali Ali Farka TourĂ©
Year of Release:1988Appears in:23 charts
Rank in 1988:60Rank Score:415
Rank in 1980s596Overall Rank:3,653
Average Rating:  79/100 (12 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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597.

SufferUnited States Bad Religion
Year of Release:1988Appears in:40 charts
Rank in 1988:61Rank Score:415
Rank in 1980s597Overall Rank:3,656
Average Rating:  73/100 (60 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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598.

Can't Slow DownUnited States Lionel Richie
Year of Release:1983Appears in:56 charts
Rank in 1983:55Rank Score:414
Rank in 1980s598Overall Rank:3,661
Average Rating:  69/100 (63 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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599.

PontiacUnited States Lyle Lovett
Year of Release:1987Appears in:41 charts
Rank in 1987:59Rank Score:413
Rank in 1980s599Overall Rank:3,664
Average Rating:  73/100 (40 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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600.

CalentureAustralia The Triffids
Year of Release:1987Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1987:60Rank Score:413
Rank in 1980s600Overall Rank:3,672
Average Rating:  75/100 (44 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 121 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 95 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 101 10%
1987 91 9%
1988 97 10%
1989 99 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 418 42%
United States 395 40%
Australia 43 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 13 1%
Norway 11 1%
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