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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 27,000 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.
19801,152229,674 Remain In Light (49th)
by Talking Heads
19811,208127,626 Moving Pictures (155th)
by Rush
19821,180160,305 Thriller (75th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,159145,785 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,218201,322 Purple Rain (107th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,164154,566 Rain Dogs (104th)
by Tom Waits
19861,281222,124 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,401215,161 The Joshua Tree (34th)
by U2
19881,359199,937 Daydream Nation (53rd)
by Sonic Youth
19891,370279,103 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total12,4921,935,606

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.

CalentureAustralia The Triffids
Year of Release:1987Appears in:38 charts
Rank in 1987:59Rank Score:409
Rank in 1980s591Overall Rank:3,638
Average Rating:  76/100 (45 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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592.

Ta Ein Kjangs!Norway Stavangerensemblet
Year of Release:1980Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1980:72Rank Score:408
Rank in 1980s592Overall Rank:3,648
Average Rating:  67/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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593.

Upstairs At Eric'sUnited Kingdom Yazoo
Year of Release:1982Appears in:61 charts
Rank in 1982:57Rank Score:408
Rank in 1980s593Overall Rank:3,649
Average Rating:  73/100 (73 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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594.

Robbie RobertsonCanada Robbie Robertson
Year of Release:1987Appears in:42 charts
Rank in 1987:60Rank Score:408
Rank in 1980s594Overall Rank:3,651
Average Rating:  73/100 (61 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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595.

WorkbookUnited States Bob Mould
Year of Release:1989Appears in:48 charts
Rank in 1989:56Rank Score:407
Rank in 1980s595Overall Rank:3,654
Average Rating:  78/100 (43 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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596.

Empires And DanceUnited Kingdom Simple Minds
Year of Release:1980Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1980:73Rank Score:406
Rank in 1980s596Overall Rank:3,662
Average Rating:  72/100 (49 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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597.

The Uplift Mofo Party PlanUnited States Red Hot Chili Peppers
Year of Release:1987Appears in:51 charts
Rank in 1987:61Rank Score:405
Rank in 1980s597Overall Rank:3,666
Average Rating:  68/100 (132 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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598.

The Wild HeartUnited States Stevie Nicks
Year of Release:1983Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1983:55Rank Score:405
Rank in 1980s598Overall Rank:3,670
Average Rating:  75/100 (46 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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599.

Bonded By BloodUnited States Exodus
Year of Release:1985Appears in:37 charts
Rank in 1985:47Rank Score:403
Rank in 1980s599Overall Rank:3,677
Average Rating:  76/100 (44 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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600.

SimplementeMexico El Tri
Year of Release:1984Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1984:64Rank Score:402
Rank in 1980s600Overall Rank:3,685
Average Rating:  71/100 (3 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 120 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 98 10%
1985 84 8%
1986 101 10%
1987 92 9%
1988 96 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 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 396 40%
Australia 43 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 13 1%
Norway 11 1%
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