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.
19801,568292,295
19811,605164,148
19821,583206,755
19831,579187,004
Murmur (142nd)by R.E.M.
19841,602252,512
19851,612198,725
19861,699275,346
19871,863270,380
19881,931249,541
19891,989342,348
Doolittle (19th)by Pixies
Total17,0312,439,054

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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1989
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5,490
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1981
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4,117
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1988
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2,706
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1987
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2,439
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1984
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2,276
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1980
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1,696
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1983
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1,432
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1984
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1,055
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1981
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1,045
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1988
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661
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Total albums: 24. Page 1 of 3

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 110 11%
1981 118 12%
1982 101 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 97 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 99 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 101 10%
1989 103 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 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 388 39%
Australia 37 4%
Canada 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 24 2%
Germany 18 2%
Ireland 18 2%
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