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.
19802,152193,686
19812,187120,478
19822,149148,094
19832,166135,262
Murmur (142nd)by R.E.M.
19842,158170,597
19852,178143,921
19862,303169,494
19872,507161,954
19882,592151,859
19892,632197,343
Total23,0241,592,688

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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1984
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193
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1985
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192
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Year of Release:
1980
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192
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1984
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191
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1988
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191
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1987
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191
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Year of Release:
1981
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191
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1988
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191
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1981
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191
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1982
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191
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 99 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 117 12%
1981 123 12%
1982 110 11%
1983 97 10%
1984 103 10%
1985 81 8%
1986 92 9%
1987 86 9%
1988 93 9%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 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 416 42%
United States 388 39%
Australia 41 4%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Canada 23 2%
Germany 22 2%
Ireland 12 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 968 97%
Yes 32 3%
Live? Albums %
No 978 98%
Yes 22 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 1%
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