Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 45,000 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.
19801,860205,250
19811,879122,191
19821,840149,300
19831,820138,492
Murmur (144th)by R.E.M.
19841,820178,473
19851,838147,568
19861,941181,913
19872,136173,321
19882,265162,394
19892,279219,405
Total19,6781,678,307

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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1982
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2,794
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1985
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2,790
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1981
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2,789
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1980
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2,743
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1988
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2,702
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1986
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2,682
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1982
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2,652
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1983
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2,632
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1989
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2,597
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1989
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2,559
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 11 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 110 11%
1981 124 12%
1982 109 11%
1983 95 10%
1984 102 10%
1985 83 8%
1986 93 9%
1987 86 9%
1988 99 10%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 408 41%
United States 386 39%
Mixed Nationality 37 4%
Australia 36 4%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 22 2%
Ireland 11 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 962 96%
Yes 38 4%
Live? Albums %
No 979 98%
Yes 21 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 989 99%
Yes 11 1%
Best Artists of the 1990s
1. Radiohead
2. Nirvana
3. Neutral Milk Hotel
4. The Smashing Pumpkins
5. My Bloody Valentine
6. Oasis
7. Weezer
8. Pearl Jam
9. R.E.M.
10. Richard David James
11. Björk
12. Pavement
13. Jeff Buckley
14. Blur
15. Sigur Rós
16. Nas
17. Portishead
18. Red Hot Chili Peppers
19. Elliott Smith
20. Massive Attack
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