Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 42,000 greatest album charts.

Best albums by year or decade
Decade:
Year:
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.
19801,680205,401
19811,683119,995
19821,661147,674
19831,646135,463
Murmur (143rd)by R.E.M.
19841,655176,467
19851,674143,522
19861,759185,332
19871,945175,961
19882,005165,777
19892,064224,118
Total17,7721,679,711

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.
View chart at point in time
 Show this chart as it was on the following date
Share this chart
Share | |
Collector's summary (filtered)Log in or register to discover the great albums that are missing from your music collection!

This chart is currently filtered to only show albums from U2. (Remove this filter)

Sort by
Year of Release:
1987
Appears in:
Rank Score:
25,984
Rank in 1987:
Rank in 1980s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
41.
Ireland U2
Year of Release:
1983
Appears in:
Rank Score:
5,973
Rank in 1983:
Rank in 1980s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1984
Appears in:
Rank Score:
4,238
Rank in 1984:
Rank in 1980s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
111.
Ireland U2
Year of Release:
1980
Appears in:
Rank Score:
2,635
Rank in 1980:
Rank in 1980s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1988
Appears in:
Rank Score:
1,637
Rank in 1988:
Rank in 1980s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1981
Appears in:
Rank Score:
907
Rank in 1981:
Rank in 1980s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1983
Appears in:
Rank Score:
447
Rank in 1983:
Rank in 1980s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Total albums: 7. Page 1 of 1

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 117 12%
1981 118 12%
1982 111 11%
1983 93 9%
1984 100 10%
1985 82 8%
1986 96 10%
1987 86 9%
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%
R.E.M. 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
Show all
Country Albums %


United Kingdom 405 41%
United States 393 39%
Australia 40 4%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 17 2%
Show all
Compilation? Albums %
No 966 97%
Yes 34 3%
Best Ever Artists
1. The Beatles
2. Radiohead
3. Pink Floyd
4. David Bowie
5. Led Zeppelin
6. Bob Dylan
7. Arcade Fire
8. The Rolling Stones
9. The Velvet Underground
10. Nirvana
11. The Smiths
12. Kendrick Lamar
13. Neil Young
14. The Beach Boys
15. Pixies
16. Miles Davis
17. Kanye West
18. Bruce Springsteen
19. The Who
20. R.E.M.
Back to Top