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.
19801,868204,535
19811,885122,363
19821,849149,333
19831,854138,230
Murmur (147th)by R.E.M.
19841,833177,423
19851,851147,557
19861,957180,587
19872,149172,220
19882,281161,877
19892,291218,628
Total19,8181,672,754

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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1985
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Eponymous 
Compilation
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1988
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194
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1982
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Ramones Mania 
Compilation
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1988
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193
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1989
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1981
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 110 11%
1981 125 13%
1982 108 11%
1983 97 10%
1984 101 10%
1985 84 8%
1986 93 9%
1987 86 9%
1988 97 10%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 407 41%
United States 388 39%
Mixed Nationality 37 4%
Australia 36 4%
Canada 25 3%
Germany 22 2%
Jamaica 11 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 962 96%
Yes 38 4%
Live? Albums %
No 980 98%
Yes 20 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 989 99%
Yes 11 1%
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