Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 53,000 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.
19802,141193,240
19812,182120,183
19822,142147,885
19832,156135,173
Murmur (142nd)by R.E.M.
19842,158170,360
19852,171143,913
19862,291169,505
19872,497162,001
19882,579151,356
19892,616197,232
Total22,9331,590,850

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Prince, Pixies, The Cure, Talking Heads, U2, Metallica, Kate Bush, R.E.M. and The Stone Roses.
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Year of Release:
1987
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19,720
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43.
War 
Ireland U2
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Year of Release:
1983
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5,458
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Year of Release:
1984
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3,948
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124.
Boy 
Ireland U2
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Year of Release:
1980
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2,191
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Year of Release:
1988
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1,438
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Year of Release:
1987
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1,216
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Year of Release:
1988
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Rank Score:
886
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321.
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Year of Release:
1981
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Rank Score:
784
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Year of Release:
1983
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Rank Score:
604
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Year of Release:
1983
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326
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 117 12%
1981 123 12%
1982 110 11%
1983 97 10%
1984 103 10%
1985 82 8%
1986 93 9%
1987 86 9%
1988 92 9%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 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 415 41%
United States 389 39%
Australia 41 4%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Germany 23 2%
Canada 23 2%
Ireland 12 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 970 97%
Yes 32 3%
Live? Albums %
No 980 98%
Yes 22 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 990 99%
Yes 12 1%
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