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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.
19801,539285,841 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,572158,810 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,548201,182 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,534182,569 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,568246,836 Purple Rain (97th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,577193,440 Hounds Of Love (105th)
by Kate Bush
19861,649270,514 The Queen Is Dead (20th)
by The Smiths
19871,814263,198 The Joshua Tree (37th)
by U2
19881,870245,887 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,920336,049 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,5912,384,326

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
91.

GreenUnited States R.E.M.
Year of Release:1988Appears in:367 charts
Rank in 1988:11Rank Score:4,282
Rank in 1980s91Overall Rank:610
Average Rating:  78/100 (536 votes)
Comments: 43 comments
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92.

Permanent WavesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1980Appears in:305 charts
Rank in 1980:11Rank Score:4,280
Rank in 1980s92Overall Rank:611
Average Rating:  81/100 (442 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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93.

Misplaced ChildhoodUnited Kingdom Marillion
Year of Release:1985Appears in:250 charts
Rank in 1985:9Rank Score:4,270
Rank in 1980s93Overall Rank:613
Average Rating:  77/100 (302 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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94.

DisciplineUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1981Appears in:288 charts
Rank in 1981:2Rank Score:4,211
Rank in 1980s94Overall Rank:623
Average Rating:  80/100 (396 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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95.

Sandinista!United Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1980Appears in:306 charts
Rank in 1980:12Rank Score:4,107
Rank in 1980s95Overall Rank:637
Average Rating:  76/100 (522 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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96.

Love Over GoldUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1982Appears in:266 charts
Rank in 1982:8Rank Score:4,060
Rank in 1980s96Overall Rank:641
Average Rating:  78/100 (375 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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97.

Seventh Son Of A Seventh SonUnited Kingdom Iron Maiden
Year of Release:1988Appears in:231 charts
Rank in 1988:12Rank Score:4,045
Rank in 1980s97Overall Rank:643
Average Rating:  79/100 (404 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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98.

Computerwelt [Computer World]Germany Kraftwerk
Year of Release:1981Appears in:315 charts
Rank in 1981:3Rank Score:4,009
Rank in 1980s98Overall Rank:649
Average Rating:  81/100 (387 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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99.

RioUnited Kingdom Duran Duran
Year of Release:1982Appears in:324 charts
Rank in 1982:9Rank Score:3,924
Rank in 1980s99Overall Rank:664
Average Rating:  76/100 (410 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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100.

My Life In The Bush Of GhostsMixed Nationality Brian Eno & David Byrne
Year of Release:1981Appears in:282 charts
Rank in 1981:4Rank Score:3,903
Rank in 1980s100Overall Rank:665
Average Rating:  78/100 (317 votes)
Comments: 22 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 100 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 98 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 99 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 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 38 4%
Canada 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 20 2%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 18 2%
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