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.
19801,909203,608
19811,925121,993
19821,889148,722
19831,898138,012
Murmur (150th)by R.E.M.
19841,866176,819
19851,881147,038
19861,989180,255
19872,195171,017
19882,323160,310
19892,335215,262
Total20,2101,663,035

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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9,494
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1987
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9,406
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1984
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9,374
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1984
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9,034
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1983
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9,005
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1989
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8,504
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1985
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8,328
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1984
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8,248
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1985
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7,732
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1988
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7,503
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 3 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 110 11%
1981 122 12%
1982 110 11%
1983 97 10%
1984 100 10%
1985 84 8%
1986 95 10%
1987 85 9%
1988 96 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 409 41%
United States 385 39%
Mixed Nationality 39 4%
Australia 35 4%
Canada 26 3%
Germany 22 2%
Ireland 11 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 965 97%
Yes 35 4%
Live? Albums %
No 979 98%
Yes 21 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 987 99%
Yes 13 1%
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