"It's so easy to laugh. It's so easy to hate. It takes strength to be gentle and kind."

- The Smiths
 

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 23,000 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.
19801,022211,090 Remain In Light (49th)
by Talking Heads
19811,097117,353 Moving Pictures (154th)
by Rush
19821,090147,708 Thriller (76th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,059135,163 Murmur (138th)
by R.E.M.
19841,094185,876 Purple Rain (108th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,013141,295 Rain Dogs (105th)
by Tom Waits
19861,103203,603 The Queen Is Dead (22nd)
by The Smiths
19871,210200,607 The Joshua Tree (32nd)
by U2
19881,204183,030 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,252258,630 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total11,1441,784,356

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, U2, Prince, The Cure, The Stone Roses, Metallica, Talking Heads, Sonic Youth and R.E.M..
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
591.

Key Lime PieUnited States Camper Van Beethoven
Year of Release:1989Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1989:56Rank Score:376
Rank in 1980s591Overall Rank:3,644
Average Rating:  76/100 (40 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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.
592.

Nada PersonalArgentina Soda Stereo
Year of Release:1985Appears in:15 charts
Rank in 1985:46Rank Score:375
Rank in 1980s592Overall Rank:3,655
Average Rating:  68/100 (13 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.
593.

Candy Apple GreyUnited States Hüsker Dü
Year of Release:1986Appears in:50 charts
Rank in 1986:59Rank Score:375
Rank in 1980s593Overall Rank:3,656
Average Rating:  78/100 (74 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.
594.

BeatUnited Kingdom King Crimson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:39 charts
Rank in 1982:59Rank Score:375
Rank in 1980s594Overall Rank:3,663
Average Rating:  72/100 (80 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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.
595.

Shabooh ShoobahAustralia INXS
Year of Release:1982Appears in:27 charts
Rank in 1982:60Rank Score:374
Rank in 1980s595Overall Rank:3,667
Average Rating:  75/100 (40 votes)
Comments: 8 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.
596.

Flesh And BloodUnited Kingdom Roxy Music
Year of Release:1980Appears in:40 charts
Rank in 1980:74Rank Score:372
Rank in 1980s596Overall Rank:3,672
Average Rating:  74/100 (84 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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.
597.

Robbie RobertsonCanada Robbie Robertson
Year of Release:1987Appears in:35 charts
Rank in 1987:60Rank Score:372
Rank in 1980s597Overall Rank:3,678
Average Rating:  73/100 (58 votes)
Comments: 5 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.
598.

So Far, So Good... So What!United States Megadeth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1988:58Rank Score:372
Rank in 1980s598Overall Rank:3,681
Average Rating:  74/100 (78 votes)
Comments: 3 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.
599.

Under The Big Black SunUnited States X
Year of Release:1982Appears in:29 charts
Rank in 1982:61Rank Score:371
Rank in 1980s599Overall Rank:3,686
Average Rating:  70/100 (42 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.
600.

Upstairs At Eric'sUnited Kingdom Yazoo
Year of Release:1982Appears in:56 charts
Rank in 1982:62Rank Score:370
Rank in 1980s600Overall Rank:3,693
Average Rating:  73/100 (64 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.

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 109 11%
1981 125 13%
1982 96 10%
1983 96 10%
1984 96 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 104 10%
1987 93 9%
1988 96 10%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
R.E.M. 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Eurythmics 7 1%
Siouxsie And The Banshees 7 1%
Show all
Country Albums %


United Kingdom 416 42%
United States 394 39%
Australia 41 4%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 17 2%
Ireland 14 1%
Mixed Nationality 11 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