Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 45,000 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.
19801,867204,342
19811,885122,345
19821,853149,138
19831,856138,276
Murmur (148th)by R.E.M.
19841,833177,293
19851,854147,643
19861,959180,460
19872,154171,815
19882,281161,486
19892,293218,143
Total19,8351,670,940

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, Talking Heads, U2, Metallica, The Stone Roses, R.E.M. and Kate Bush.
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9,239
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1983
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5,709
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5,068
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4,975
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1983
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3,285
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1983
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2,607
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Total albums: 97. Page 1 of 10

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 110 11%
1981 125 13%
1982 107 11%
1983 97 10%
1984 101 10%
1985 84 8%
1986 93 9%
1987 86 9%
1988 97 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 406 41%
United States 389 39%
Mixed Nationality 37 4%
Australia 36 4%
Canada 25 3%
Germany 22 2%
Ireland 11 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 962 96%
Yes 38 4%
Live? Albums %
No 980 98%
Yes 20 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 989 99%
Yes 11 1%
Best Ever Artists
1. The Beatles
2. Radiohead
3. Pink Floyd
4. David Bowie
5. Bob Dylan
6. Led Zeppelin
7. The Rolling Stones
8. Arcade Fire
9. The Velvet Underground
10. Nirvana
11. Kendrick Lamar
12. The Smiths
13. Neil Young
14. Pixies
15. Miles Davis
16. The Beach Boys
17. Kanye West
18. Jimi Hendrix
19. Bruce Springsteen
20. R.E.M.
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