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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 35,000 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.
19801,423278,329 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,470152,678 Moving Pictures (153rd)
by Rush
19821,462194,130 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,435176,690 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,477239,019 Purple Rain (96th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,472186,151 Rain Dogs (109th)
by Tom Waits
19861,544262,377 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,718254,341 The Joshua Tree (35th)
by U2
19881,741238,836 Daydream Nation (55th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,803327,631 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total15,5452,310,181

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, U2, The Cure, Talking Heads, The Stone Roses, Metallica, Sonic Youth and R.E.M..
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

DoolittleUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1989Appears in:2,039 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:81,561
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,289 votes)
Comments: 236 comments
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2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,945 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:75,246
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,219 votes)
Comments: 212 comments
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3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,550 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:55,966
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,782 votes)
Comments: 171 comments
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4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,477 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:49,112
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:35
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,964 votes)
Comments: 190 comments
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5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,460 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:46,007
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:39
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,652 votes)
Comments: 134 comments
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6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,296 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:42,405
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:44
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,453 votes)
Comments: 105 comments
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7.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,233 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:38,091
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:55
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,437 votes)
Comments: 117 comments
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8.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,148 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:33,210
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:65
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,473 votes)
Comments: 90 comments
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9.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,083 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:31,683
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:72
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,545 votes)
Comments: 132 comments
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10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:1,183 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:31,103
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:73
Average Rating:  81/100 (1,636 votes)
Comments: 110 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 110 11%
1981 120 12%
1982 102 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 96 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 99 10%
1987 86 9%
1988 104 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 419 42%
United States 395 40%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 26 3%
Germany 19 2%
Mixed Nationality 16 2%
Ireland 16 2%
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