Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 44,000 greatest album charts.

Best albums by year or decade
Decade:
Year:
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.
19801,731205,695
19811,741121,091
19821,701149,025
19831,687136,234
Murmur (143rd)by R.E.M.
19841,698177,610
19851,721146,101
19861,806184,988
19871,999176,174
19882,065165,749
19892,130223,675
Total18,2791,686,343

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, Talking Heads, U2, Metallica, The Stone Roses, R.E.M. and Sonic Youth.
View chart at point in time
 Show this chart as it was on the following date
Share this chart
Share | |
Collector's summary (top 1,000)Log in or register to discover the great albums that are missing from your music collection!
Sort by
Year of Release:
1989
Appears in:
Rank Score:
48,954
Rank in 1989:
Rank in 1980s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1986
Appears in:
Rank Score:
48,103
Rank in 1986:
Rank in 1980s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1980
Appears in:
Rank Score:
35,160
Rank in 1980:
Rank in 1980s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1989
Appears in:
Rank Score:
33,521
Rank in 1989:
Rank in 1980s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1989
Appears in:
Rank Score:
31,496
Rank in 1989:
Rank in 1980s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1987
Appears in:
Rank Score:
25,644
Rank in 1987:
Rank in 1980s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1988
Appears in:
Rank Score:
22,238
Rank in 1988:
Rank in 1980s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1980
Appears in:
Rank Score:
21,377
Rank in 1980:
Rank in 1980s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1985
Appears in:
Rank Score:
19,911
Rank in 1985:
Rank in 1980s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1982
Appears in:
Rank Score:
19,452
Rank in 1982:
Rank in 1980s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 120 12%
1982 111 11%
1983 97 10%
1984 102 10%
1985 82 8%
1986 93 9%
1987 84 8%
1988 96 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 412 41%
United States 389 39%
Australia 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 21 2%
Ireland 13 1%
Show all
Compilation? Albums %
No 964 96%
Yes 36 4%
Live? Albums %
No 982 98%
Yes 18 2%
Best Ever Artists
1. The Beatles
2. Radiohead
3. Pink Floyd
4. David Bowie
5. Bob Dylan
6. Led Zeppelin
7. Arcade Fire
8. The Rolling Stones
9. The Velvet Underground
10. Nirvana
11. The Smiths
12. Kendrick Lamar
13. Neil Young
14. Pixies
15. The Beach Boys
16. Miles Davis
17. Kanye West
18. Bruce Springsteen
19. R.E.M.
20. The Who
Back to Top