Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 49,000 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.
19801,965201,413
19812,001122,426
19821,969149,772
19831,962137,165
Murmur (149th)by R.E.M.
19841,952176,040
19851,951146,116
19862,050176,712
19872,238169,070
19882,367158,597
19892,400207,773
Total20,8551,645,084

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, Talking Heads, U2, Metallica, Kate Bush, R.E.M. and The Stone Roses.
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1981
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3,559
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1984
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1,285
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1982
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927
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1984
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762
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1987
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693
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1985
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569
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1985
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409
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1988
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406
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1986
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376
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1983
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352
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Total albums: 22. Page 1 of 3

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 120 12%
1982 107 11%
1983 98 10%
1984 102 10%
1985 84 8%
1986 97 10%
1987 88 9%
1988 92 9%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 416 42%
United States 394 39%
Australia 33 3%
Mixed Nationality 32 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 22 2%
Ireland 11 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 966 97%
Yes 34 3%
Live? Albums %
No 979 98%
Yes 21 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 987 99%
Yes 13 1%
Best Ever Albums
1. OK Computer by Radiohead
2. The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
3. Abbey Road by The Beatles
4. Revolver by The Beatles
5. Kid A by Radiohead
6. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles
7. In Rainbows by Radiohead
8. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
9. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars by David Bowie
10. The Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground & Nico
11. Untitled (Led Zeppelin IV) by Led Zeppelin
12. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
13. The Beatles (The White Album) by The Beatles
14. Funeral by Arcade Fire
15. Nevermind by Nirvana (US)
16. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
17. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
18. Doolittle by Pixies
19. London Calling by The Clash
20. To Pimp A Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar
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