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.
19801,786206,945
19811,806123,630
19821,764149,607
19831,744138,329
Murmur (146th)by R.E.M.
19841,758179,995
19851,780148,055
19861,882185,621
19872,074176,087
19882,186165,194
19892,210222,694
Total18,9901,696,157

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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1984
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9,974
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1984
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9,963
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1984
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9,619
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1983
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9,396
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1987
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9,370
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1989
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9,088
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1984
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8,570
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1985
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8,512
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1988
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8,136
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1985
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7,855
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 3 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 122 12%
1982 111 11%
1983 95 10%
1984 101 10%
1985 82 8%
1986 95 10%
1987 85 9%
1988 96 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 414 41%
United States 390 39%
Australia 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 31 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 992 99%
Yes 8 1%
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