albums The Greatest Albums of the '80s  

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The greatest albums of the 1980s are being counted down on this list of classic albums. In a decade filled with synth beats, new wave, and neon colors, we chart the most impactful albums of the decade. This is an open list for true '80s fans to expand on.

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Thriller is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Thriller Michael Jackson

The Best Grammy-Nominated Comedy Albums of the 1980s The Best Rock Vocalists

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Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Master of Puppets Metallica

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1984 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
1984 Van Halen

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Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s

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The Number of the Beast is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s

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Whitney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Whitney Whitney Houston

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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Whitney Houston Whitney Houston

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Like a Virgin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Like a Virgin Madonna

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Control is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Control Janet Jackson

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Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s

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The Smiths is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
The Smiths The Smiths

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Graceland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Graceland Paul Simon - Paul Simon

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Album is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Album Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

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Like a Prayer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Like a Prayer Madonna

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London Calling is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
London Calling The Clash

The Absolute Best '80s Dance Moves (in GIF Form) The Greatest Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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Synchronicity is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Synchronicity The Police

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Pyromania is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Pyromania Def Leppard

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1987 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
1987 Whitesnake

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Rio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Rio Duran Duran

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Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath

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Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman

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So is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
So Peter Gabriel

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I Love Rock 'n' Roll is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
I Love Rock 'n' Roll Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

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Born in the U.S.A. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Born in the U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen

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Tattoo You is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Tattoo You The Rolling Stones

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Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s

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Daydream Nation is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Daydream Nation Sonic Youth

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Ghost in the Machine is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s

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The Very Best of Stan Freberg is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
The Very Best of Stan Freberg

20 Greatest Coffee Table Books of All Time Harsh Truths About Healthy Foods and What You Can Do About It

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In Step is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
In Step Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Stevie Ray Vaughan

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Tunnel of Love is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Tunnel of Love Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band

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Brothers in Arms is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Brothers in Arms Dire Straits

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Glass Houses is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Glass Houses Billy Joel - Billy Joel

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Toto IV is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Toto IV Toto

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Cloud Nine is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Cloud Nine George Harrison

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Making Movies is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Making Movies Dire Straits - Dire Straits

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The Joshua Tree is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s

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Murmur is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Murmur R.E.M.

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Remain in Light is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Remain in Light Talking Heads

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She's So Unusual is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
She's So Unusual Cyndi Lauper

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Kill 'Em All is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Kill 'Em All Metallica

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1999 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
1999 Prince

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Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses

The Best Grammy-Nominated Pop Vocal Albums of the 2000s The Best Coffee Drink Brands

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Sign 'O' the Times is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s

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Pump is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Pump Aerosmith

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Bad is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Bad Michael Jackson

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Raw Like Sushi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Raw Like Sushi Neneh Cherry

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Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Billy Idol Billy Idol

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Radio is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Radio LL Cool J

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Permanent Vacation is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Albums of the '80s
Permanent Vacation Aerosmith