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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Stop Making Sense 
Live soundtrack
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1984
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4,563
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1985
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1,053
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1982
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820
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1984
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731
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1982
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607
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1983
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597
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1986
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526
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1981
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476
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1985
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450
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Paris 
Live
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1980
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411
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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 Albums of 2011
1. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes
2. Bon Iver, Bon Iver by Bon Iver
3. The Smile Sessions by The Beach Boys
4. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
5. The King Of Limbs by Radiohead
6. El Camino by The Black Keys
7. Kaputt by Destroyer
8. Hurry Up, We're Dreaming by M83
9. 21 by Adele
10. Wasting Light by Foo Fighters
11. Strange Mercy by St. Vincent
12. Section.80 by Kendrick Lamar
13. Exmilitary by Death Grips
14. James Blake by James Blake
15. Take Care by Drake
16. Suck It And See by Arctic Monkeys
17. Torches by Foster The People
18. Ceremonials by Florence + The Machine
19. House Of Balloons by The Weeknd
20. Angles by The Strokes
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