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.
19801,758205,630
19811,778122,100
19821,737149,052
19831,718137,419
Murmur (145th)by R.E.M.
19841,722178,227
19851,757147,054
19861,842185,857
19872,039176,103
19882,106165,078
19892,166223,784
Total18,6231,690,305

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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1980
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1983
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186
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 113 11%
1981 121 12%
1982 112 11%
1983 99 10%
1984 100 10%
1985 81 8%
1986 94 9%
1987 83 8%
1988 96 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 413 41%
United States 388 39%
Australia 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 30 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 964 96%
Yes 36 4%
Live? Albums %
No 981 98%
Yes 19 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 992 99%
Yes 8 1%
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