Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 41,000 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.
19801,660203,059
19811,670118,499
19821,652145,709
19831,637132,940
Murmur (143rd)by R.E.M.
19841,648174,847
19851,663142,806
19861,739183,077
19871,928173,997
19881,993164,358
19892,054223,712
Total17,6441,663,006

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, Talking Heads, U2, Metallica, The Stone Roses, R.E.M. and Sonic Youth.
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1989
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50,230
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1986
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49,437
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1980
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35,037
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1989
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33,964
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1989
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30,898
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1987
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25,759
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1988
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22,378
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1980
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21,447
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1982
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19,136
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1985
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19,110
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 115 12%
1981 119 12%
1982 112 11%
1983 91 9%
1984 102 10%
1985 82 8%
1986 96 10%
1987 86 9%
1988 97 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
U2 7 1%
R.E.M. 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 401 40%
United States 388 39%
Australia 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Canada 25 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 17 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 964 96%
Yes 36 4%
Live? Albums %
No 987 99%
Yes 13 1%
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