Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 52,000 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.
19802,102195,245
19812,134120,257
19822,104148,376
19832,114136,053
Murmur (141st)by R.E.M.
19842,113172,002
19852,117144,365
19862,217172,543
19872,433163,338
19882,523152,900
19892,536199,816
Total22,3931,604,896

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:
1989
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38,249
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1980
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31,194
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1988
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17,970
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1982
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17,042
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1984
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16,626
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1988
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13,759
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1986
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13,452
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1985
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13,172
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1987
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12,334
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1986
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11,947
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Total albums: 387. Page 1 of 39

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 117 12%
1981 121 12%
1982 110 11%
1983 96 10%
1984 103 10%
1985 81 8%
1986 96 10%
1987 86 9%
1988 92 9%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
U2 7 1%
The Fall 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 415 42%
United States 387 39%
Australia 41 4%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Canada 23 2%
Germany 22 2%
Ireland 12 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 967 97%
Yes 33 3%
Live? Albums %
No 977 98%
Yes 23 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 1%
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