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.
19802,115194,014
19812,154120,201
19822,129148,498
19832,125135,562
Murmur (141st)by R.E.M.
19842,129171,107
19852,131143,904
19862,252171,104
19872,454162,678
19882,544152,098
19892,563197,668
Total22,5961,596,834

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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Year of Release:
1984
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16,483
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1988
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13,568
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1986
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13,297
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1985
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13,132
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1987
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12,217
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Year of Release:
1986
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11,855
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1988
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11,293
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Year of Release:
1980
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11,185
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1983
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10,674
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1981
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10,210
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 117 12%
1981 120 12%
1982 111 11%
1983 97 10%
1984 102 10%
1985 81 8%
1986 95 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 93 9%
1989 97 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 417 42%
United States 386 39%
Australia 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Canada 23 2%
Germany 23 2%
Ireland 12 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 966 97%
Yes 34 3%
Live? Albums %
No 977 98%
Yes 23 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 1%
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