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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 30,000 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.
19801,292250,609 Remain In Light (46th)
by Talking Heads
19811,323139,776 Moving Pictures (150th)
by Rush
19821,302175,943 Thriller (70th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,268160,101 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,323218,948 Purple Rain (102nd)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,301169,389 Rain Dogs (106th)
by Tom Waits
19861,418240,078 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,549233,893 The Joshua Tree (33rd)
by U2
19881,595216,863 Daydream Nation (54th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,574300,720 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total13,9452,106,320

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, U2, The Cure, The Stone Roses, Talking Heads, Metallica, Sonic Youth and R.E.M..
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RankAlbumArtist
591.

Secret MessagesUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1983Appears in:41 charts
Rank in 1983:54Rank Score:447
Rank in 1980s591Overall Rank:3,614
Average Rating:  69/100 (75 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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592.

Too Fast For LoveUnited States Mötley Crüe
Year of Release:1981Appears in:38 charts
Rank in 1981:68Rank Score:446
Rank in 1980s592Overall Rank:3,618
Average Rating:  67/100 (65 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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593.

MummerUnited Kingdom XTC
Year of Release:1983Appears in:45 charts
Rank in 1983:55Rank Score:446
Rank in 1980s593Overall Rank:3,620
Average Rating:  75/100 (59 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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594.

Hell AwaitsUnited States Slayer
Year of Release:1985Appears in:38 charts
Rank in 1985:47Rank Score:446
Rank in 1980s594Overall Rank:3,623
Average Rating:  74/100 (79 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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595.

JuntaUnited States Phish
Year of Release:1989Appears in:42 charts
Rank in 1989:53Rank Score:445
Rank in 1980s595Overall Rank:3,631
Average Rating:  76/100 (48 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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596.

HeydayAustralia The Church
Year of Release:1986Appears in:42 charts
Rank in 1986:59Rank Score:445
Rank in 1980s596Overall Rank:3,632
Average Rating:  77/100 (50 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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597.

CaliforniaUnited States American Music Club
Year of Release:1988Appears in:49 charts
Rank in 1988:59Rank Score:442
Rank in 1980s597Overall Rank:3,652
Average Rating:  74/100 (49 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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598.

You Are What You IsUnited States Frank Zappa
Year of Release:1981Appears in:35 charts
Rank in 1981:69Rank Score:442
Rank in 1980s598Overall Rank:3,653
Average Rating:  73/100 (70 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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599.

The MessageUnited States Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
Year of Release:1982Appears in:70 charts
Rank in 1982:60Rank Score:441
Rank in 1980s599Overall Rank:3,654
Average Rating:  75/100 (67 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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600.

BummedUnited Kingdom Happy Mondays
Year of Release:1988Appears in:65 charts
Rank in 1988:60Rank Score:441
Rank in 1980s600Overall Rank:3,656
Average Rating:  75/100 (67 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 123 12%
1982 98 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 93 9%
1985 81 8%
1986 103 10%
1987 90 9%
1988 99 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 413 41%
United States 398 40%
Australia 44 4%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 21 2%
Ireland 16 2%
Norway 10 1%
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