Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 39,000 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.
19801,569292,886
19811,610164,401
19821,585207,085
19831,583187,024
Murmur (142nd)by R.E.M.
19841,603252,697
19851,614198,738
19861,700275,595
19871,867270,561
19881,932249,707
19891,991342,998
Doolittle (19th)by Pixies
Total17,0542,441,692

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, U2, Talking Heads, Metallica, The Stone Roses, Sonic Youth and R.E.M..
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1981
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1980
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1982
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818
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1988
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554
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440
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1984
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370
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Total albums: 7. Page 1 of 1

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 108 11%
1981 118 12%
1982 101 10%
1983 97 10%
1984 97 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 99 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 105 11%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
R.E.M. 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
U2 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 412 41%
United States 389 39%
Australia 37 4%
Canada 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 24 2%
Germany 18 2%
Ireland 17 2%
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Best Albums of the 2000s
1. Kid A by Radiohead
2. Funeral by Arcade Fire
3. In Rainbows by Radiohead
4. Is This It by The Strokes
5. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot by Wilco
6. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not by Arctic Monkeys
7. Illinois by Sufjan Stevens
8. Elephant by The White Stripes
9. A Rush Of Blood To The Head by Coldplay
10. Turn On The Bright Lights by Interpol
11. For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver
12. Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips
13. Amnesiac by Radiohead
14. Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective
15. Lift Yr. Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
16. Neon Bible by Arcade Fire
17. The Moon & Antarctica by Modest Mouse
18. Fleet Foxes by Fleet Foxes
19. Sound Of Silver by LCD Soundsystem
20. Demon Days by Gorillaz


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