"I don't know much about Jesus, But I feel the need for a prayer"

- Lisa Germano
 

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 37,000 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.
19801,467281,817 Remain In Light (40th)
by Talking Heads
19811,504154,826 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,493197,676 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,476178,920 Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,523242,536 Purple Rain (95th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,514189,510 Rain Dogs (109th)
by Tom Waits
19861,596266,288 The Queen Is Dead (21st)
by The Smiths
19871,763258,296 The Joshua Tree (36th)
by U2
19881,794242,526 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,851331,547 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total15,9812,343,942

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, U2, Talking Heads, Metallica, The Stone Roses, 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 111) (filtered)Log in or register to discover the great albums that are missing from your music collection!

This chart is currently filtered to only show albums from 1980. (Remove this filter).

Sort byOverall Rank | Number of Charts | Average Rating | Number of Ratings | Release Date | Title | Artist
RankAlbumArtist
5.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,484 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:46,390
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:40
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,692 votes)
Comments: 139 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:1,166 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:33,316
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:67
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,505 votes)
Comments: 92 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.
14.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:960 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:25,287
Rank in 1980s14Overall Rank:101
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,489 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.
42.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:482 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:8,407
Rank in 1980s42Overall Rank:334
Average Rating:  81/100 (549 votes)
Comments: 33 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.
50.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:518 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:6,921
Rank in 1980s50Overall Rank:387
Average Rating:  81/100 (792 votes)
Comments: 42 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.
51.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:443 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:6,921
Rank in 1980s51Overall Rank:388
Average Rating:  79/100 (656 votes)
Comments: 32 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.
64.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:347 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:5,848
Rank in 1980s64Overall Rank:458
Average Rating:  82/100 (387 votes)
Comments: 16 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.
82.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:347 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:4,645
Rank in 1980s82Overall Rank:559
Average Rating:  79/100 (413 votes)
Comments: 19 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.
87.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:311 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:4,376
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:588
Average Rating:  78/100 (469 votes)
Comments: 25 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.
91.

Permanent WavesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1980Appears in:297 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:4,212
Rank in 1980s91Overall Rank:608
Average Rating:  81/100 (431 votes)
Comments: 22 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 111 11%
1981 117 12%
1982 102 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 97 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 99 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Siouxsie And The Banshees 7 1%
R.E.M. 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
Show all
Country Albums %


United Kingdom 420 42%
United States 391 39%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 27 3%
Germany 19 2%
Mixed Nationality 17 2%
Ireland 17 2%
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 © 2005-2019 BestEverAlbums.com. All rights reserved.    Terms of Use  |   Privacy Policy  |   Contact Us  |   Advertising  |   RSS Feeds  |   Site Map