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.
19802,128194,129
19812,159120,498
19822,134148,449
19832,130135,703
Murmur (143rd)by R.E.M.
19842,142171,129
19852,142143,798
19862,268170,226
19872,472162,367
19882,562151,623
19892,583197,367
Total22,7201,595,290

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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1984
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16,404
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1984
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9,174
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1984
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8,780
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1984
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8,371
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1984
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7,798
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1984
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6,779
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1984
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5,185
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Stop Making Sense 
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1984
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4,425
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1984
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4,273
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1984
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 118 12%
1981 123 12%
1982 110 11%
1983 96 10%
1984 102 10%
1985 80 8%
1986 94 9%
1987 86 9%
1988 94 9%
1989 98 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 415 41%
United States 386 39%
Australia 41 4%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Canada 23 2%
Germany 22 2%
Ireland 12 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 967 97%
Yes 34 3%
Live? Albums %
No 978 98%
Yes 23 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 13 1%
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