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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 28,000 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.
19801,193236,115 Remain In Light (48th)
by Talking Heads
19811,253131,478 Moving Pictures (151st)
by Rush
19821,223164,072 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,201150,605 Murmur (140th)
by R.E.M.
19841,250205,697 Purple Rain (106th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,220159,746 Rain Dogs (105th)
by Tom Waits
19861,331228,267 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,462221,468 The Joshua Tree (33rd)
by U2
19881,445206,940 Daydream Nation (54th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,434288,071 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total13,0121,992,460

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
81.

Substance
Compilation
United Kingdom New Order
Year of Release:1987Appears in:177 charts
Rank in 1987:11Rank Score:3,850
Rank in 1980s81Overall Rank:565
Average Rating:  83/100 (306 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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82.

SisterUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1987Appears in:273 charts
Rank in 1987:12Rank Score:3,805
Rank in 1980s82Overall Rank:568
Average Rating:  81/100 (391 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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83.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:282 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:3,769
Rank in 1980s83Overall Rank:572
Average Rating:  78/100 (354 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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84.

Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss MeUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1987Appears in:249 charts
Rank in 1987:13Rank Score:3,725
Rank in 1980s84Overall Rank:581
Average Rating:  78/100 (379 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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85.

GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:288 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:3,720
Rank in 1980s85Overall Rank:583
Average Rating:  77/100 (425 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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86.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:239 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:3,667
Rank in 1980s86Overall Rank:590
Average Rating:  80/100 (303 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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87.

Misplaced ChildhoodUnited Kingdom Marillion
Year of Release:1985Appears in:186 charts
Rank in 1985:9Rank Score:3,571
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:613
Average Rating:  77/100 (240 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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88.

Operation: MindcrimeUnited States Queensr├┐che
Year of Release:1988Appears in:161 charts
Rank in 1988:11Rank Score:3,560
Rank in 1980s88Overall Rank:615
Average Rating:  77/100 (226 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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89.

Sandinista!United Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1980Appears in:234 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:3,499
Rank in 1980s89Overall Rank:623
Average Rating:  75/100 (427 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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90.

Love Over GoldUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1982Appears in:203 charts
Rank in 1982:8Rank Score:3,497
Rank in 1980s90Overall Rank:624
Average Rating:  78/100 (296 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 121 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 95 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 101 10%
1987 91 9%
1988 97 10%
1989 99 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 418 42%
United States 395 40%
Australia 43 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 13 1%
Argentina 11 1%
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