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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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RankAlbumArtist
871.

The Nature Of The BeastCanada April Wine
Year of Release:1981Appears in:26 charts
Rank in 1981:103Rank Score:299
Rank in 1980s871Overall Rank:5,618
Average Rating:  71/100 (43 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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872.

1984 (For The Love Of Big Brother)United Kingdom Eurythmics
Year of Release:1984Appears in:31 charts
Rank in 1984:88Rank Score:299
Rank in 1980s872Overall Rank:5,623
Average Rating:  70/100 (47 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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873.

Black MetalUnited Kingdom Venom
Year of Release:1982Appears in:47 charts
Rank in 1982:89Rank Score:298
Rank in 1980s873Overall Rank:5,629
Average Rating:  74/100 (82 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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874.

The WarningUnited States Queensr├┐che
Year of Release:1984Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1984:89Rank Score:298
Rank in 1980s874Overall Rank:5,635
Average Rating:  73/100 (47 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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875.

Balance Of PowerUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
Year of Release:1986Appears in:42 charts
Rank in 1986:87Rank Score:298
Rank in 1980s875Overall Rank:5,636
Average Rating:  67/100 (71 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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876.

RevengeUnited Kingdom Eurythmics
Year of Release:1986Appears in:59 charts
Rank in 1986:88Rank Score:297
Rank in 1980s876Overall Rank:5,642
Average Rating:  70/100 (78 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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877.

Kings Of MetalUnited States Manowar
Year of Release:1988Appears in:12 charts
Rank in 1988:86Rank Score:297
Rank in 1980s877Overall Rank:5,647
Average Rating:  70/100 (46 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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878.

Fire Down UnderUnited States Riot
Year of Release:1981Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 1981:104Rank Score:296
Rank in 1980s878Overall Rank:5,667
Average Rating:  68/100 (32 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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879.

Long Live The KaneUnited States Big Daddy Kane
Year of Release:1988Appears in:40 charts
Rank in 1988:87Rank Score:295
Rank in 1980s879Overall Rank:5,669
Average Rating:  77/100 (42 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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880.

Ice Cream For CrowUnited States Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
Year of Release:1982Appears in:49 charts
Rank in 1982:90Rank Score:295
Rank in 1980s880Overall Rank:5,671
Average Rating:  74/100 (78 votes)
Comments: 3 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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