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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 27,000 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.
19801,151229,656 Remain In Light (49th)
by Talking Heads
19811,208127,589 Moving Pictures (155th)
by Rush
19821,180160,292 Thriller (75th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,159145,782 Murmur (141st)
by R.E.M.
19841,218201,287 Purple Rain (107th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,164154,446 Rain Dogs (106th)
by Tom Waits
19861,281222,110 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,401215,103 The Joshua Tree (34th)
by U2
19881,358199,878 Daydream Nation (53rd)
by Sonic Youth
19891,370279,093 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total12,4901,935,237

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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81.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:275 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:3,756
Rank in 1980s81Overall Rank:566
Average Rating:  78/100 (343 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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82.

GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:284 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:3,703
Rank in 1980s82Overall Rank:574
Average Rating:  77/100 (407 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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83.

Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss MeUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1987Appears in:245 charts
Rank in 1987:11Rank Score:3,677
Rank in 1980s83Overall Rank:575
Average Rating:  78/100 (367 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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84.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:234 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:3,632
Rank in 1980s84Overall Rank:590
Average Rating:  80/100 (288 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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85.

Love Over GoldUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1982Appears in:193 charts
Rank in 1982:8Rank Score:3,597
Rank in 1980s85Overall Rank:593
Average Rating:  78/100 (286 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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86.

Substance
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United Kingdom New Order
Year of Release:1987Appears in:161 charts
Rank in 1987:12Rank Score:3,596
Rank in 1980s86Overall Rank:594
Average Rating:  82/100 (288 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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87.

SisterUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1987Appears in:265 charts
Rank in 1987:13Rank Score:3,484
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:607
Average Rating:  81/100 (382 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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88.

Sandinista!United Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1980Appears in:227 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:3,474
Rank in 1980s88Overall Rank:610
Average Rating:  75/100 (415 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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89.

Making MoviesUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1980Appears in:209 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:3,408
Rank in 1980s89Overall Rank:620
Average Rating:  77/100 (323 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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90.

Misplaced ChildhoodUnited Kingdom Marillion
Year of Release:1985Appears in:176 charts
Rank in 1985:9Rank Score:3,390
Rank in 1980s90Overall Rank:626
Average Rating:  77/100 (230 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 120 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 98 10%
1985 84 8%
1986 101 10%
1987 92 9%
1988 96 10%
1989 98 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 396 40%
Australia 43 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 13 1%
Argentina 11 1%
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