Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 46,000 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.
19801,783206,076
19811,806123,058
19821,763149,150
19831,738137,872
Murmur (146th)by R.E.M.
19841,754179,616
19851,776147,860
19861,874185,307
19872,072175,935
19882,179165,068
19892,203223,153
Total18,9481,693,095

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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1982
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18,926
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1988
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16,547
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1985
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16,094
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1986
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15,603
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1987
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14,776
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1986
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13,560
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1980
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12,920
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1988
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12,310
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1983
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12,285
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1981
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11,958
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 2 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 122 12%
1982 112 11%
1983 96 10%
1984 102 10%
1985 82 8%
1986 94 9%
1987 84 8%
1988 96 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 413 41%
United States 389 39%
Australia 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 33 3%
Canada 25 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 11 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 964 96%
Yes 36 4%
Live? Albums %
No 981 98%
Yes 19 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 991 99%
Yes 9 1%
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11. The A.V. Club's 50 best albums of the 2010s by The A.V. Club (2019)
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