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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.
19801,535285,203 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,567157,974 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,542200,539 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,529182,124 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,563245,904 Purple Rain (96th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,569193,120 Hounds Of Love (104th)
by Kate Bush
19861,638269,096 The Queen Is Dead (20th)
by The Smiths
19871,810262,127 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,856244,454 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,909334,861 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,5182,375,402

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
621.

Hi InfidelityUnited States REO Speedwagon
Year of Release:1980Appears in:70 charts
Rank in 1980:74Rank Score:466
Rank in 1980s621Overall Rank:3,913
Average Rating:  71/100 (82 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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622.

Run-D.M.C.United States Run-D.M.C.
Year of Release:1984Appears in:94 charts
Rank in 1984:66Rank Score:464
Rank in 1980s622Overall Rank:3,921
Average Rating:  74/100 (120 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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623.

The People Who Grinned Themselves To DeathUnited Kingdom The Housemartins
Year of Release:1987Appears in:55 charts
Rank in 1987:59Rank Score:463
Rank in 1980s623Overall Rank:3,932
Average Rating:  77/100 (57 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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624.

Street Fighting YearsUnited Kingdom Simple Minds
Year of Release:1989Appears in:54 charts
Rank in 1989:61Rank Score:461
Rank in 1980s624Overall Rank:3,946
Average Rating:  69/100 (72 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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625.

Marshall CrenshawUnited States Marshall Crenshaw
Year of Release:1982Appears in:52 charts
Rank in 1982:64Rank Score:461
Rank in 1980s625Overall Rank:3,948
Average Rating:  73/100 (65 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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626.

Shock TroopsUnited Kingdom Cock Sparrer
Year of Release:1982Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1982:65Rank Score:459
Rank in 1980s626Overall Rank:3,964
Average Rating:  71/100 (31 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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627.

Circus AnimalsAustralia Cold Chisel
Year of Release:1982Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1982:66Rank Score:455
Rank in 1980s627Overall Rank:3,987
Average Rating:  69/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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628.

TinderboxUnited Kingdom Siouxsie And The Banshees
Year of Release:1986Appears in:66 charts
Rank in 1986:60Rank Score:455
Rank in 1980s628Overall Rank:3,988
Average Rating:  78/100 (86 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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629.

Forever NowUnited Kingdom The Psychedelic Furs
Year of Release:1982Appears in:55 charts
Rank in 1982:67Rank Score:454
Rank in 1980s629Overall Rank:3,992
Average Rating:  76/100 (61 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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630.

Depois Do FimBrazil Bacamarte
Year of Release:1983Appears in:28 charts
Rank in 1983:59Rank Score:452
Rank in 1980s630Overall Rank:4,001
Average Rating:  72/100 (39 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 117 12%
1982 102 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 100 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 97 10%
1987 88 9%
1988 99 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
U2 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 416 42%
United States 388 39%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 27 3%
Mixed Nationality 20 2%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 17 2%
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