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.

Best albums by year or decade
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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.
19802,115193,864
19812,155120,155
19822,129148,389
19832,128135,580
Murmur (141st)by R.E.M.
19842,132170,955
19852,131143,466
19862,258171,209
19872,459162,712
19882,544151,994
19892,563197,519
Total22,6141,595,843

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:
1986
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39,182
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1989
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37,469
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Year of Release:
1980
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30,731
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Year of Release:
1989
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Rank Score:
27,828
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Year of Release:
1989
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25,901
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Year of Release:
1987
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Rank Score:
19,917
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1985
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19,317
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1988
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17,673
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1982
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16,973
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1980
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16,793
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Total albums: 977. Page 1 of 98

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 96 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 Fall 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
R.E.M. 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 418 42%
United States 385 38%
Australia 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Germany 23 2%
Canada 23 2%
Ireland 12 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 966 97%
Yes 35 3%
Live? Albums %
No 978 98%
Yes 23 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 989 99%
Yes 12 1%
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