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.

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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.
19801,678205,362
19811,681119,895
19821,659147,428
19831,646135,435
Murmur (142nd)by R.E.M.
19841,655176,293
19851,673143,276
19861,757185,205
19871,944175,920
19882,005165,570
19892,062224,232
Total17,7601,678,615

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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1981
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3,567
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1984
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1,210
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1982
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1,080
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1984
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851
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1985
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520
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1987
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493
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1980
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380
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1988
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377
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1985
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364
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 117 12%
1981 118 12%
1982 111 11%
1983 93 9%
1984 99 10%
1985 82 8%
1986 96 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 95 10%
1989 102 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 404 40%
United States 392 39%
Australia 40 4%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 17 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 965 97%
Yes 35 4%
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