Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 40,000 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.
19801,594200,809
19811,628117,276
19821,605144,799
19831,593133,388
Murmur (137th)by R.E.M.
19841,617173,296
19851,624141,321
19861,709183,594
19871,878175,889
19881,954165,558
19892,013222,582
Total17,2151,658,512

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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1980
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34,615
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1983
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4,419
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1984
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4,370
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1985
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1,311
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1982
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951
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1988
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527
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1986
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253
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 118 12%
1982 107 11%
1983 93 9%
1984 100 10%
1985 81 8%
1986 98 10%
1987 91 9%
1988 98 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 404 40%
United States 388 39%
Australia 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 31 3%
Canada 26 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 16 2%
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