"Life is just a party and parties weren't meant to last"

- Prince
 

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 27,000 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.
19801,152229,664 Remain In Light (49th)
by Talking Heads
19811,209127,612 Moving Pictures (155th)
by Rush
19821,180160,267 Thriller (75th)
by Michael Jackson
19831,160145,884 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,219201,676 Purple Rain (107th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,164154,661 Rain Dogs (104th)
by Tom Waits
19861,282222,440 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,401215,306 The Joshua Tree (34th)
by U2
19881,370200,415 Daydream Nation (53rd)
by Sonic Youth
19891,385279,278 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total12,5221,937,202

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, U2, 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
1.

DoolittleUnited States Pixies
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,689 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:70,378
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,882 votes)
Comments: 197 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.
2.

The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Year of Release:1986Appears in:1,603 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:64,622
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,803 votes)
Comments: 180 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.
3.

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,289 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:48,979
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,492 votes)
Comments: 142 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.
4.

The Joshua TreeIreland U2
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,215 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:43,201
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:34
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,657 votes)
Comments: 160 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.
5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,112 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:34,774
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:49
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,290 votes)
Comments: 106 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.
6.

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,010 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:33,884
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:52
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,168 votes)
Comments: 76 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.
7.

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,015 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:33,184
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:53
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,209 votes)
Comments: 103 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.
8.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:923 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:28,591
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:64
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,211 votes)
Comments: 77 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.
9.

Appetite For DestructionUnited States Guns N' Roses
Year of Release:1987Appears in:887 charts
Rank in 1987:2Rank Score:28,307
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:66
Average Rating:  78/100 (1,309 votes)
Comments: 112 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.
10.

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Year of Release:1982Appears in:919 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:26,247
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:75
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,349 votes)
Comments: 91 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 114 11%
1981 120 12%
1982 99 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 98 10%
1985 84 8%
1986 102 10%
1987 92 9%
1988 95 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
U2 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
Simple Minds 7 1%
Show all
Country Albums %


United Kingdom 418 42%
United States 395 40%
Australia 43 4%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 13 1%
Norway 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 © 2005-2017 BestEverAlbums.com. All rights reserved.    Terms of Use  |   Privacy Policy  |   Contact Us  |   Advertising  |   RSS Feeds  |   Site Map  |   Hosting by ServInt