Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 44,000 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.
19801,807206,305
19811,823123,295
19821,788149,295
19831,772138,118
Murmur (147th)by R.E.M.
19841,773179,274
19851,808147,016
19861,912183,561
19872,094174,918
19882,209162,688
19892,239220,526
Total19,2251,684,998

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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195
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1986
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194
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1988
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1981
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1980
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193
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1984
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193
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1988
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192
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1982
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191
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1988
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190
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 120 12%
1982 114 11%
1983 93 9%
1984 102 10%
1985 84 8%
1986 95 10%
1987 84 8%
1988 99 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 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 389 39%
Australia 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 32 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 22 2%
Ireland 11 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 965 97%
Yes 35 4%
Live? Albums %
No 981 98%
Yes 19 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 991 99%
Yes 9 1%
Best Ever Artists
1. The Beatles
2. Radiohead
3. Pink Floyd
4. David Bowie
5. Bob Dylan
6. Led Zeppelin
7. The Rolling Stones
8. Arcade Fire
9. The Velvet Underground
10. Nirvana
11. The Smiths
12. Kendrick Lamar
13. Neil Young
14. The Beach Boys
15. Miles Davis
16. Pixies
17. Kanye West
18. Jimi Hendrix
19. Bruce Springsteen
20. R.E.M.
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