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U2's classic 'The Joshua Tree' has been named the best album of the 80s by Radio 2 listeners.

The poll was carried out on the station this week, and saw thousands of music fans take part.

Such matters are always open to debate, and the confirmation of the final Top 10 has set tongues wagging.

U2's 'The Joshua Tree' - the Irish band's international breakthrough - scooped top spot, nudging Dire Straight's CD shuffler 'Brothers In Arms' into second place.

The Stone Roses took third place with their 1989 debut album, while the likes of Michael Jackson and Prince were much further down the Top 10.

'The Joshua Tree' remains a core U2 text, with some songs - 'With Or Without You' for example - transcending their authors.

Speaking to Radio 2, guitarist the Edge commented: "We've had the privilege of playing 'The Joshua Tree' live all over the world in the last few years and it's almost like the album has come full circle."

"We're just thrilled that people are still connecting with these songs, night after night, year after year."

Here's the Top 10.

1. U2 - The Joshua Tree
2. Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms
3. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
4. Michael Jackson - Thriller
5. Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction
6. The Human League - Dare
7. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
8. Paul Simon - Graceland
9. ABC - Lexicon Of Love
10. Prince - Purple Rain

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