Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 52,000 greatest album charts.

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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.
19802,103195,358
19812,136120,490
19822,109148,546
19832,115136,025
Murmur (141st)by R.E.M.
19842,113172,142
19852,116144,442
19862,219172,599
19872,440163,579
19882,525152,735
19892,541199,639
Total22,4171,605,553

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Prince, Pixies, The Cure, Talking Heads, U2, Metallica, Kate Bush, R.E.M. and The Stone Roses.
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Year of Release:
1986
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39,617
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1989
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38,172
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Year of Release:
1980
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31,144
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Year of Release:
1989
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28,269
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1989
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26,237
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Year of Release:
1987
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20,054
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1985
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19,478
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1988
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17,941
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1982
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17,068
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1980
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17,023
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 117 12%
1981 120 12%
1982 110 11%
1983 96 10%
1984 103 10%
1985 81 8%
1986 96 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 92 9%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Rush 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
The Fall 7 1%
R.E.M. 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 415 42%
United States 387 39%
Australia 40 4%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Canada 23 2%
Germany 22 2%
Ireland 12 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 967 97%
Yes 33 3%
Live? Albums %
No 977 98%
Yes 23 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 1%
Best Artists of 1971
1. Led Zeppelin
2. The Who
3. David Bowie
4. The Rolling Stones
5. Marvin Gaye
6. Joni Mitchell
7. Yes
8. Pink Floyd
9. Can
10. The Doors
11. Carole King
12. Nick Drake
13. Black Sabbath
14. Jethro Tull
15. Paul McCartney
16. John Lennon
17. Paul & Linda McCartney
18. T. Rex
19. Sly & The Family Stone
20. Funkadelic
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