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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.
19801,539286,198 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,572158,950 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,548201,262 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,534182,656 Murmur (143rd)
by R.E.M.
19841,568247,053 Purple Rain (97th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,577193,596 Hounds Of Love (105th)
by Kate Bush
19861,651270,666 The Queen Is Dead (20th)
by The Smiths
19871,814263,179 The Joshua Tree (37th)
by U2
19881,870246,036 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,920336,192 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,5932,385,788

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:332 charts
Rank in 1986:9Rank Score:4,772
Rank in 1980s81Overall Rank:561
Average Rating:  80/100 (396 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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82.

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United Kingdom New Order
Year of Release:1987Appears in:225 charts
Rank in 1987:12Rank Score:4,763
Rank in 1980s82Overall Rank:562
Average Rating:  83/100 (375 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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83.

Music For The MassesUnited Kingdom Depeche Mode
Year of Release:1987Appears in:333 charts
Rank in 1987:13Rank Score:4,649
Rank in 1980s83Overall Rank:572
Average Rating:  80/100 (442 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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84.

ReckoningUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1984Appears in:366 charts
Rank in 1984:15Rank Score:4,639
Rank in 1980s84Overall Rank:574
Average Rating:  80/100 (491 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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85.

PretendersUnited Kingdom Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:353 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:4,601
Rank in 1980s85Overall Rank:576
Average Rating:  79/100 (425 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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86.


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Nothing's ShockingUnited States Jane's Addiction
Year of Release:1988Appears in:292 charts
Rank in 1988:9Rank Score:4,519
Rank in 1980s86Overall Rank:581
Average Rating:  77/100 (368 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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87.

Making MoviesUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1980Appears in:291 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:4,396
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:595
Average Rating:  78/100 (426 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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88.

Full Moon FeverUnited States Tom Petty
Year of Release:1989Appears in:349 charts
Rank in 1989:9Rank Score:4,386
Rank in 1980s88Overall Rank:598
Average Rating:  77/100 (423 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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89.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:319 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:4,382
Rank in 1980s89Overall Rank:599
Average Rating:  78/100 (486 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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90.

Operation: MindcrimeUnited States Queensr├┐che
Year of Release:1988Appears in:207 charts
Rank in 1988:10Rank Score:4,331
Rank in 1980s90Overall Rank:601
Average Rating:  79/100 (288 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 118 12%
1982 101 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 101 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 98 10%
1987 86 9%
1988 99 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
U2 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 415 42%
United States 388 39%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 20 2%
Mixed Nationality 20 2%
Ireland 18 2%
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