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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 30,000 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.
19801,293250,340 Remain In Light (47th)
by Talking Heads
19811,323139,579 Moving Pictures (150th)
by Rush
19821,303176,238 Thriller (70th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,270160,409 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,324218,940 Purple Rain (102nd)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,304169,425 Rain Dogs (106th)
by Tom Waits
19861,416239,946 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,550233,997 The Joshua Tree (33rd)
by U2
19881,594216,665 Daydream Nation (54th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,576300,556 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total13,9532,106,095

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, U2, The Cure, The Stone Roses, Talking Heads, Metallica, Sonic Youth and R.E.M..
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RankAlbumArtist
81.

GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:321 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:4,036
Rank in 1980s81Overall Rank:568
Average Rating:  77/100 (453 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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82.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:299 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:4,030
Rank in 1980s82Overall Rank:569
Average Rating:  79/100 (366 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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83.

Music For The MassesUnited Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1987Appears in:284 charts
Rank in 1987:11Rank Score:4,009
Rank in 1980s83Overall Rank:574
Average Rating:  79/100 (353 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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84.

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United Kingdom New Order
Year of Release:1987Appears in:185 charts
Rank in 1987:12Rank Score:3,975
Rank in 1980s84Overall Rank:578
Average Rating:  83/100 (319 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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85.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:267 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:3,938
Rank in 1980s85Overall Rank:583
Average Rating:  80/100 (323 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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86.

Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss MeUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1987Appears in:286 charts
Rank in 1987:13Rank Score:3,935
Rank in 1980s86Overall Rank:584
Average Rating:  78/100 (406 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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87.

Misplaced ChildhoodUnited Kingdom Marillion
Year of Release:1985Appears in:214 charts
Rank in 1985:9Rank Score:3,847
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:599
Average Rating:  77/100 (255 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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88.

Sandinista!United Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1980Appears in:252 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:3,796
Rank in 1980s88Overall Rank:604
Average Rating:  75/100 (451 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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89.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:248 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:3,742
Rank in 1980s89Overall Rank:610
Average Rating:  78/100 (384 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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90.

Operation: MindcrimeUnited States Queensr├┐che
Year of Release:1988Appears in:171 charts
Rank in 1988:11Rank Score:3,706
Rank in 1980s90Overall Rank:614
Average Rating:  78/100 (242 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 123 12%
1982 98 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 93 9%
1985 83 8%
1986 101 10%
1987 90 9%
1988 99 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
R.E.M. 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
U2 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 413 41%
United States 399 40%
Australia 43 4%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 21 2%
Ireland 16 2%
Norway 10 1%
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