"Used to be one of the rotten ones and I liked you for that"

- Broken Social Scene
 

Best Albums of the 1980s

« View best albums of the 1970sView best albums of the 1990s »

Listed below are the greatest albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 18,000 greatest album charts.

Best albums by year or decade
View by decade:
View by year:
1980s decade summary
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.
1980756178,533 Remain In Light (56th)
by Talking Heads
198185796,306 Moving Pictures (163rd)
by Rush
1982854123,714 Thriller (72nd)
by Michael Jackson
1983822110,361 Murmur (130th)
by R.E.M.
1984856156,625 Purple Rain (114th)
by Prince & The Revolution
1985812120,833 Rain Dogs (99th)
by Tom Waits
1986921172,455 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
1987978170,528 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,000157,520 Daydream Nation (49th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,047220,995 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total8,9031,507,871

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, U2, The Cure, The Stone Roses, Metallica, Talking Heads, Sonic Youth, R.E.M. and Michael Jackson.
View chart at point in time
 Show this chart as it was on the following date
Share this chart
Share | |
| RSS feed: | Download CSV file: Log in / register
URL to this chart: |
Collector's summary (top 1,000)Log in or register to discover the great albums that are missing from your music collection!
Sort byOverall Rank | Number of Charts | Average Rating | Number of Ratings | Release Date | Title | Artist
RankAlbumArtist
131.

Dare!United Kingdom The Human League
Year of Release:1981Appears in:122 charts
Rank in 1981:9Rank Score:1,951
Rank in 1980s131Overall Rank:807
Average Rating:  72/100 (182 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.
132.

Colossal YouthUnited Kingdom Young Marble Giants
Year of Release:1980Appears in:127 charts
Rank in 1980:18Rank Score:1,900
Rank in 1980s132Overall Rank:821
Average Rating:  79/100 (132 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.
133.

Meat Puppets IIUnited States Meat Puppets
Year of Release:1984Appears in:126 charts
Rank in 1984:17Rank Score:1,894
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:823
Average Rating:  79/100 (140 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.
134.

The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1Mixed Nationality The Traveling Wilburys
Year of Release:1988Appears in:121 charts
Rank in 1988:14Rank Score:1,894
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:824
Average Rating:  77/100 (155 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.
135.

Rattle And HumIreland U2
Year of Release:1988Appears in:132 charts
Rank in 1988:15Rank Score:1,874
Rank in 1980s135Overall Rank:826
Average Rating:  72/100 (303 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.
136.

Heaven Up HereUnited Kingdom Echo & The Bunnymen
Year of Release:1981Appears in:101 charts
Rank in 1981:10Rank Score:1,868
Rank in 1980s136Overall Rank:834
Average Rating:  76/100 (134 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.
137.

Sound AffectsUnited Kingdom The Jam
Year of Release:1980Appears in:110 charts
Rank in 1980:19Rank Score:1,864
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:837
Average Rating:  78/100 (150 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.
138.

Tunnel Of LoveUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1987Appears in:110 charts
Rank in 1987:16Rank Score:1,863
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:838
Average Rating:  74/100 (222 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.
139.

Script Of The BridgeUnited Kingdom The Chameleons
Year of Release:1983Appears in:93 charts
Rank in 1983:12Rank Score:1,837
Rank in 1980s139Overall Rank:851
Average Rating:  77/100 (105 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.
140.

Ace Of SpadesUnited Kingdom Motörhead
Year of Release:1980Appears in:120 charts
Rank in 1980:20Rank Score:1,821
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:861
Average Rating:  77/100 (181 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 118 12%
1982 92 9%
1983 93 9%
1984 97 10%
1985 91 9%
1986 110 11%
1987 89 9%
1988 100 10%
1989 97 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Siouxsie & The Banshees 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
Ramones 7 1%
Show all
Country Albums %


United Kingdom 413 41%
United States 392 39%
Australia 42 4%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 17 2%
Norway 14 1%
Ireland 13 1%
Show all

« View best albums of the 1970sView best albums of the 1990s »

BestEverAlbums.com  Site Newsletter
Sign up to receive the latest site news.
We value your privacy

BestEverAlbums.com   Music Stores
United States  Buy from your favourite store:
eBay Amazon iTunes


Copyright © 2005-2014 BestEverAlbums.com. All rights reserved.    Terms of Use  |   Privacy Policy  |   Contact Us  |   Advertising  |   RSS Feeds  |   Site Map  |   Hosting by ServInt