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.
19802,117193,987
19812,157120,060
19822,129148,193
19832,128135,385
Murmur (142nd)by R.E.M.
19842,133170,954
19852,136143,896
19862,261170,449
19872,462162,552
19882,556152,034
19892,568197,173
Total22,6471,594,684

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:
1988
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3,831
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1989
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3,431
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1980
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2,990
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1981
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2,759
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1988
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2,229
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1987
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1,679
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1980
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1,441
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1984
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1,326
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1983
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1,310
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1984
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1,042
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 116 12%
1981 121 12%
1982 111 11%
1983 97 10%
1984 102 10%
1985 80 8%
1986 95 10%
1987 88 9%
1988 93 9%
1989 97 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 418 42%
United States 385 39%
Australia 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Germany 23 2%
Canada 23 2%
Ireland 12 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 965 97%
Yes 35 4%
Live? Albums %
No 977 98%
Yes 23 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 1%
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