Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 41,000 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.
19801,660202,790
19811,668118,446
19821,652145,330
19831,636132,916
Murmur (143rd)by R.E.M.
19841,647174,766
19851,663142,735
19861,739183,292
19871,928173,918
19881,991164,388
19892,054223,498
Total17,6381,662,078

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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1989
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50,262
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1986
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49,428
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1980
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35,029
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1989
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33,857
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1989
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30,824
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1987
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25,693
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1988
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22,381
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1980
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21,502
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1982
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19,108
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1985
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19,073
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 119 12%
1982 111 11%
1983 91 9%
1984 102 10%
1985 82 8%
1986 96 10%
1987 87 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 401 40%
United States 389 39%
Australia 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 17 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 964 96%
Yes 36 4%
Live? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 1%
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