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.
19801,908203,701
19811,925122,000
19821,887148,756
19831,897137,958
Murmur (150th)by R.E.M.
19841,865176,735
19851,881147,002
19861,989180,207
19872,195171,105
19882,322160,360
19892,334215,485
Total20,2031,663,309

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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44,762
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1986
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44,486
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1980
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34,385
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1989
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30,295
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1989
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30,153
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1987
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23,340
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1988
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20,597
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1985
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20,121
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1980
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19,194
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1982
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18,172
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 110 11%
1981 122 12%
1982 110 11%
1983 98 10%
1984 100 10%
1985 84 8%
1986 95 10%
1987 85 9%
1988 95 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 410 41%
United States 384 38%
Mixed Nationality 39 4%
Australia 35 4%
Canada 26 3%
Germany 22 2%
Ireland 11 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 965 97%
Yes 35 4%
Live? Albums %
No 979 98%
Yes 21 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 987 99%
Yes 13 1%
Best Artists of 2009
1. Animal Collective
2. The Antlers
3. The xx
4. Grizzly Bear
5. Phoenix (FR)
6. Muse
7. Florence + The Machine
8. Arctic Monkeys
9. Dirty Projectors
10. Kid Cudi
11. Mumford & Sons
12. Mastodon
13. Fever Ray
14. Yeah Yeah Yeahs
15. St. Vincent
16. Kasabian
17. The Horrors
18. Lady Gaga
19. The Flaming Lips
20. Them Crooked Vultures
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