Top 100 Music Albums of the 1980s by dihansse

After the Nineties, the Eighties were for me the 10 years with the most classic albums with especially after the mainly UK punk years in the seventies the start of mainly US Indie music of Dinosaur Jr, Husker Du, Sonic Youth, Pavement, and so on. But there of course also the mainstream classics from Dire Straits, Lloyd Cole...; + I feel to add some more typical eighties bands like Spandau Ballet or Human League (and I already did with Fischer-Z). And don't forget the metal with Metallica's best albums, Iron Maiden and Motörhead.

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[First added to this chart: 11/20/2015]
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1984
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[First added to this chart: 11/20/2015]
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1985
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616
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[First added to this chart: 11/27/2015]
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1986
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13,065
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1988
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[First added to this chart: 11/11/2019]
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1987
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[First added to this chart: 11/29/2015]
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1989
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[First added to this chart: 11/20/2015]
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1987
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[First added to this chart: 11/11/2019]
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1988
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[First added to this chart: 11/20/2015]
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1980
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30,334
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[First added to this chart: 11/20/2015]
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1982
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2,898
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Top 100 Music Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 11 11%
1981 7 7%
1982 6 6%
1983 12 12%
1984 8 8%
1985 8 8%
1986 10 10%
1987 14 14%
1988 12 12%
1989 12 12%
Artist Albums %


R.E.M. 6 6%
Hüsker Dü 6 6%
Iron Maiden 5 5%
Screaming Trees 4 4%
Metallica 4 4%
The Dream Syndicate 3 3%
Pixies 3 3%
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Country Albums %


United States 50 50%
United Kingdom 32 32%
Australia 8 8%
Belgium 6 6%
Ireland 2 2%
Mixed Nationality 1 1%
Canada 1 1%
Compilation? Albums %
No 99 99%
Yes 1 1%

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From 08/31/2023 09:06
Great chart
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From 08/31/2023 08:56
Cool chart - love seeing the appreciation for Australian artists/albums.
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From 07/27/2020 02:48
I am blown away by not only how many albums we both list as favorites (Soul Mining, New York, War, Imperial Bedroom, Reckoning, New Day Rising, Buffalo Tom, Wild Planet etc.), but by albums on your list I wouldn't normally consider listening to with a gun to my head (Iron Maiden, Metallica). Strange how tastes intertwine and meander apart.
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From 05/20/2017 21:03
I just knew it. 6 Husker Du's. Heh heh. I only had 2. Oh well.
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From 06/23/2016 02:14
Excellent chart! I especially like the enthusiastic rankings for Zen Arcade and Murmur.
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From 04/22/2016 05:41
29 albums in common :)
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From 12/12/2015 15:01
Good chart.
(no need to put it in alphabetical order: the higher the rating the more points an album gets)
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