Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 46,000 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.
19801,908203,597
19811,925121,982
19821,889148,732
19831,898138,015
Murmur (151st)by R.E.M.
19841,866176,802
19851,881146,962
19861,989180,252
19872,195171,062
19882,323160,325
19892,335215,381
Total20,2091,663,111

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, Talking Heads, U2, Metallica, The Stone Roses, R.E.M. and Kate Bush.
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1989
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44,700
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1986
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44,468
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1980
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34,377
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1989
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30,284
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1989
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30,145
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1987
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23,331
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1988
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20,590
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1985
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20,116
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1980
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19,188
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1982
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18,166
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 110 11%
1981 122 12%
1982 110 11%
1983 98 10%
1984 100 10%
1985 84 8%
1986 95 10%
1987 85 9%
1988 95 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 410 41%
United States 384 38%
Mixed Nationality 39 4%
Australia 35 4%
Canada 26 3%
Germany 22 2%
Ireland 11 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 965 97%
Yes 35 4%
Live? Albums %
No 979 98%
Yes 21 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 987 99%
Yes 13 1%
Best Albums of the 1990s
1. OK Computer by Radiohead
2. Nevermind by Nirvana (US)
3. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
4. The Bends by Radiohead
5. Loveless by My Bloody Valentine
6. Ten by Pearl Jam
7. Automatic For The People by R.E.M.
8. Siamese Dream by The Smashing Pumpkins
9. (What's The Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis
10. In Utero by Nirvana (US)
11. Grace by Jeff Buckley
12. Ágætis Byrjun by Sigur Rós
13. Illmatic by Nas
14. Weezer (The Blue Album) by Weezer
15. Dummy by Portishead
16. Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins
17. Spiderland by Slint
18. Homogenic by Björk
19. Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) by Wu-Tang Clan
20. The Soft Bulletin by The Flaming Lips
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