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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.
19801,539286,000 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,572158,926 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,548201,178 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,534182,567 Murmur (143rd)
by R.E.M.
19841,568246,872 Purple Rain (97th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,577193,642 Hounds Of Love (105th)
by Kate Bush
19861,650270,609 The Queen Is Dead (20th)
by The Smiths
19871,814263,145 The Joshua Tree (37th)
by U2
19881,870246,043 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,920336,071 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,5922,385,052

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
691.

The Great Adventures Of Slick RickUnited Kingdom Slick Rick
Year of Release:1988Appears in:67 charts
Rank in 1988:70Rank Score:398
Rank in 1980s691Overall Rank:4,433
Average Rating:  75/100 (78 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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692.

Born AgainUnited Kingdom Black Sabbath
Year of Release:1983Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1983:67Rank Score:398
Rank in 1980s692Overall Rank:4,434
Average Rating:  63/100 (98 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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693.

Face DancesUnited Kingdom The Who
Year of Release:1981Appears in:56 charts
Rank in 1981:82Rank Score:397
Rank in 1980s693Overall Rank:4,435
Average Rating:  64/100 (132 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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694.

DramaUnited Kingdom Yes
Year of Release:1980Appears in:72 charts
Rank in 1980:82Rank Score:397
Rank in 1980s694Overall Rank:4,440
Average Rating:  75/100 (112 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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695.

Hold Your FireCanada Rush
Year of Release:1987Appears in:41 charts
Rank in 1987:65Rank Score:397
Rank in 1980s695Overall Rank:4,442
Average Rating:  70/100 (115 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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696.

Night TimeUnited Kingdom Killing Joke
Year of Release:1985Appears in:59 charts
Rank in 1985:55Rank Score:397
Rank in 1980s696Overall Rank:4,444
Average Rating:  76/100 (65 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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697.

Body And SoulUnited Kingdom Joe Jackson
Year of Release:1984Appears in:48 charts
Rank in 1984:73Rank Score:396
Rank in 1980s697Overall Rank:4,452
Average Rating:  73/100 (64 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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698.

MelissaDenmark Mercyful Fate
Year of Release:1983Appears in:51 charts
Rank in 1983:68Rank Score:396
Rank in 1980s698Overall Rank:4,454
Average Rating:  75/100 (66 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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699.

Morbid TalesSwitzerland Celtic Frost
Year of Release:1984Appears in:30 charts
Rank in 1984:74Rank Score:395
Rank in 1980s699Overall Rank:4,456
Average Rating:  76/100 (41 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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700.

Give The People What They WantUnited Kingdom The Kinks
Year of Release:1981Appears in:34 charts
Rank in 1981:83Rank Score:393
Rank in 1980s700Overall Rank:4,471
Average Rating:  72/100 (53 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 118 12%
1982 101 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 101 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 98 10%
1987 86 9%
1988 99 10%
1989 100 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 415 42%
United States 388 39%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 20 2%
Mixed Nationality 20 2%
Ireland 18 2%
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