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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.
19801,539286,000 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,572158,926 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,548201,178 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,534182,567 Murmur (143rd)
by R.E.M.
19841,568246,872 Purple Rain (97th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,577193,642 Hounds Of Love (105th)
by Kate Bush
19861,650270,609 The Queen Is Dead (20th)
by The Smiths
19871,814263,145 The Joshua Tree (37th)
by U2
19881,870246,043 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,920336,071 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,5922,385,052

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
981.

Start TodayUnited States Gorilla Biscuits
Year of Release:1989Appears in:21 charts
Rank in 1989:100Rank Score:252
Rank in 1980s981Overall Rank:6,392
Average Rating:  72/100 (27 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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982.

Alles Ist GutGermany D.A.F.
Year of Release:1981Appears in:41 charts
Rank in 1981:115Rank Score:251
Rank in 1980s982Overall Rank:6,406
Average Rating:  76/100 (30 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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983.

Prince CharmingUnited Kingdom Adam And The Ants
Year of Release:1981Appears in:30 charts
Rank in 1981:116Rank Score:251
Rank in 1980s983Overall Rank:6,420
Average Rating:  69/100 (58 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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984.

Jonathan Sings!United States Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers
Year of Release:1983Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1983:98Rank Score:249
Rank in 1980s984Overall Rank:6,451
Average Rating:  71/100 (34 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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985.

YouthquakeUnited Kingdom Dead Or Alive
Year of Release:1985Appears in:16 charts
Rank in 1985:86Rank Score:249
Rank in 1980s985Overall Rank:6,453
Average Rating:  69/100 (20 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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986.

Fore!United States Huey Lewis & The News
Year of Release:1986Appears in:33 charts
Rank in 1986:97Rank Score:248
Rank in 1980s986Overall Rank:6,475
Average Rating:  69/100 (52 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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987.

Clara CrocodiloBrazil Arrigo BarnabĂ©
Year of Release:1980Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1980:109Rank Score:248
Rank in 1980s987Overall Rank:6,479
Average Rating:  74/100 (23 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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988.

So Red The RoseUnited Kingdom Arcadia
Year of Release:1985Appears in:24 charts
Rank in 1985:87Rank Score:248
Rank in 1980s988Overall Rank:6,486
Average Rating:  64/100 (35 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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989.

Beautiful VisionUnited Kingdom Van Morrison
Year of Release:1982Appears in:43 charts
Rank in 1982:100Rank Score:248
Rank in 1980s989Overall Rank:6,488
Average Rating:  76/100 (52 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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990.

Big WorldUnited Kingdom Joe Jackson
Year of Release:1986Appears in:25 charts
Rank in 1986:98Rank Score:247
Rank in 1980s990Overall Rank:6,490
Average Rating:  74/100 (38 votes)
Comments: 3 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%
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 38 4%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 20 2%
Mixed Nationality 20 2%
Ireland 18 2%
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