Best Albums of 1985

Listed below are the best albums of 1985 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 44,000 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, The Cure, Tears For Fears, The Replacements, New Order and Marillion.
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1985
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19,841
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1985
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15,757
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1985
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8,406
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7,715
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1985
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6,677
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1985
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4,851
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1985
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4,625
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3,982
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1985
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3,197
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3,137
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of 1985 composition

Country Albums %


United States 393 39%
United Kingdom 251 25%
Germany 43 4%
Mixed Nationality 42 4%
Australia 28 3%
Japan 22 2%
Canada 21 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 935 93%
Yes 68 7%
Live? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 15 1%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 992 99%
Yes 11 1%
Best Artists of 1982
1. Michael Jackson
2. Iron Maiden
3. Bruce Springsteen
4. The Cure
5. Kate Bush
6. Prince
7. Roxy Music
8. Duran Duran
9. Donald Fagen
10. Dire Straits
11. The Clash
12. Simple Minds
13. Elvis Costello
14. Elvis Costello And The Attractions
15. Laurie Anderson
16. Bad Brains
17. Peter Gabriel
18. XTC
19. The Fall
20. Judas Priest
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