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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.
19801,522283,973 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,546156,749 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,529199,705 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,518181,257 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,557244,337 Purple Rain (96th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,557192,374 Hounds Of Love (104th)
by Kate Bush
19861,628268,357 The Queen Is Dead (20th)
by The Smiths
19871,805261,245 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,845243,792 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,901333,456 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,4082,365,245

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
71.

Isn't AnythingIreland My Bloody Valentine
Year of Release:1988Appears in:400 charts
Rank in 1988:8Rank Score:5,258
Rank in 1980s71Overall Rank:503
Average Rating:  80/100 (536 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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72.

Louder Than Bombs
Compilation
United Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1987Appears in:241 charts
Rank in 1987:9Rank Score:5,251
Rank in 1980s72Overall Rank:504
Average Rating:  83/100 (518 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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73.

Pretty Hate MachineUnited States Nine Inch Nails
Year of Release:1989Appears in:353 charts
Rank in 1989:7Rank Score:5,250
Rank in 1980s73Overall Rank:505
Average Rating:  79/100 (512 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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74.

Kill 'Em AllUnited States Metallica
Year of Release:1983Appears in:341 charts
Rank in 1983:7Rank Score:5,231
Rank in 1980s74Overall Rank:510
Average Rating:  78/100 (705 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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75.

3 Feet High And RisingUnited States De La Soul
Year of Release:1989Appears in:376 charts
Rank in 1989:8Rank Score:5,178
Rank in 1980s75Overall Rank:514
Average Rating:  78/100 (461 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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76.

1999United States Prince
Year of Release:1982Appears in:387 charts
Rank in 1982:7Rank Score:5,146
Rank in 1980s76Overall Rank:515
Average Rating:  79/100 (525 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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77.

Speaking In TonguesUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1983Appears in:367 charts
Rank in 1983:8Rank Score:5,093
Rank in 1980s77Overall Rank:520
Average Rating:  80/100 (511 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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78.

PowerslaveUnited Kingdom Iron Maiden
Year of Release:1984Appears in:286 charts
Rank in 1984:14Rank Score:5,036
Rank in 1980s78Overall Rank:525
Average Rating:  79/100 (512 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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79.

SisterUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1987Appears in:389 charts
Rank in 1987:10Rank Score:4,980
Rank in 1980s79Overall Rank:531
Average Rating:  81/100 (508 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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80.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:327 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:4,764
Rank in 1980s80Overall Rank:555
Average Rating:  80/100 (391 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 119 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 97 10%
1984 99 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 97 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 101 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 414 41%
United States 392 39%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 22 2%
Germany 19 2%
Ireland 16 2%
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