Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 46,000 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.
19801,783205,984
19811,806123,060
19821,763149,239
19831,738137,867
Murmur (146th)by R.E.M.
19841,755179,545
19851,777147,857
19861,875185,224
19872,073175,892
19882,181164,981
19892,205223,038
Total18,9561,692,688

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, Talking Heads, U2, Metallica, The Stone Roses, R.E.M. and Kate Bush.
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1989
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48,572
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1986
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47,800
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1980
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35,683
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1989
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32,561
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1989
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31,289
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1987
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25,265
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1988
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21,989
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1980
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20,925
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1985
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20,290
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1984
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19,085
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 122 12%
1982 113 11%
1983 96 10%
1984 102 10%
1985 82 8%
1986 94 9%
1987 84 8%
1988 96 10%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 414 41%
United States 389 39%
Australia 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 32 3%
Canada 25 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 11 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 964 96%
Yes 36 4%
Live? Albums %
No 981 98%
Yes 19 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 991 99%
Yes 9 1%
Best Artists of 2000
1. Radiohead
2. Godspeed You! Black Emperor
3. Modest Mouse
4. The Avalanches
5. Coldplay
6. Eminem
7. PJ Harvey
8. OutKast
9. At The Drive-In
10. Queens Of The Stone Age
11. Deftones
12. D'Angelo
13. Linkin Park
14. Elliott Smith
15. U2
16. The White Stripes
17. Electric Wizard
18. Grandaddy
19. Deltron 3030
20. Ryan Adams
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