Best Albums of 1985

Listed below are the best albums of 1985 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 46,000 greatest album charts.

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1985 year summaryThe best artists of 1985 were Kate Bush, Tom Waits, Dire Straits, The Smiths, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Tears For Fears, The Cure, The Replacements, Prefab Sprout and Marillion.
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1985
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20,105
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1985
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14,669
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8,324
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7,729
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1985
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6,494
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1985
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5,186
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1985
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4,765
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4,109
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3,218
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3,204
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of 1985 composition

Country Albums %


United States 391 39%
United Kingdom 246 25%
Mixed Nationality 47 5%
Germany 45 5%
Australia 30 3%
Japan 23 2%
Canada 22 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 924 92%
Yes 76 8%
Live? Albums %
No 985 99%
Yes 15 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 987 99%
Yes 13 1%
Best Artists of 1990
1. Depeche Mode
2. Cocteau Twins
3. Ride
4. Megadeth
5. Pixies
6. Sonic Youth
7. Jane's Addiction
8. Fugazi
9. The La's
10. Public Enemy
11. Soda Stereo
12. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
13. The Sundays
14. Happy Mondays
15. They Might Be Giants
16. Sinéad O'Connor
17. Angelo Badalamenti
18. The Black Crowes
19. Neil Young
20. Neil Young & Crazy Horse
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