Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 43,000 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.
19801,690206,847
19811,687120,813
19821,667149,076
19831,657136,292
Murmur (145th)by R.E.M.
19841,665178,107
19851,677144,423
19861,767186,193
19871,955177,025
19882,010166,639
19892,075225,204
Total17,8501,690,619

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, Talking Heads, U2, Metallica, The Stone Roses, R.E.M. and Sonic Youth.
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1985
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2,271
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1982
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1,577
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1980
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661
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1983
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543
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1986
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321
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1984
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302
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1981
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256
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 118 12%
1981 120 12%
1982 111 11%
1983 94 9%
1984 101 10%
1985 81 8%
1986 94 9%
1987 84 8%
1988 94 9%
1989 103 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 407 41%
United States 391 39%
Australia 40 4%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Canada 25 3%
Germany 21 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 967 97%
Yes 33 3%
Live? Albums %
No 983 98%
Yes 17 2%
Best Artists of 1971
1. Led Zeppelin
2. The Who
3. David Bowie
4. The Rolling Stones
5. Marvin Gaye
6. Joni Mitchell
7. Pink Floyd
8. Can
9. Yes
10. The Doors
11. Carole King
12. Nick Drake
13. John Lennon
14. T. Rex
15. Jethro Tull
16. Black Sabbath
17. Paul McCartney
18. The Allman Brothers Band
19. Paul & Linda McCartney
20. Sly & The Family Stone
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