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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.
19801,546287,958 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,591160,498 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,558202,509 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,557184,007 Murmur (143rd)
by R.E.M.
19841,578248,533 Purple Rain (97th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,594195,379 Hounds Of Love (103rd)
by Kate Bush
19861,665272,664 The Queen Is Dead (20th)
by The Smiths
19871,832266,357 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,890246,846 Daydream Nation (58th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,935337,920 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,7462,402,670

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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81.

The Colour Of SpringUnited Kingdom Talk Talk
Year of Release:1986Appears in:334 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:4,793
Rank in 1980s81Overall Rank:560
Average Rating:  80/100 (397 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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82.

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United Kingdom New Order
Year of Release:1987Appears in:228 charts
Rank in 1987:12Rank Score:4,771
Rank in 1980s82Overall Rank:564
Average Rating:  83/100 (377 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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83.

Music For The MassesUnited Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1987Appears in:340 charts
Rank in 1987:13Rank Score:4,667
Rank in 1980s83Overall Rank:572
Average Rating:  80/100 (446 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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84.


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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:297 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:4,658
Rank in 1980s84Overall Rank:573
Average Rating:  78/100 (371 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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85.

ReckoningUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1984Appears in:369 charts
Rank in 1984:15Rank Score:4,651
Rank in 1980s85Overall Rank:574
Average Rating:  80/100 (496 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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86.

PretendersUnited Kingdom Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:357 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:4,632
Rank in 1980s86Overall Rank:576
Average Rating:  79/100 (429 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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87.

Making MoviesUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1980Appears in:293 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:4,489
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:590
Average Rating:  78/100 (432 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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88.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:294 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:4,390
Rank in 1980s88Overall Rank:595
Average Rating:  80/100 (408 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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89.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:321 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:4,386
Rank in 1980s89Overall Rank:596
Average Rating:  78/100 (492 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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90.

Operation: MindcrimeUnited States Queensr├┐che
Year of Release:1988Appears in:213 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:4,383
Rank in 1980s90Overall Rank:597
Average Rating:  79/100 (289 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 109 11%
1981 117 12%
1982 100 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 101 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 98 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 100 10%
1989 102 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 37 4%
Canada 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 21 2%
Germany 19 2%
Ireland 18 2%
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