Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 53,000 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.
19802,139193,286
19812,182120,203
19822,142147,914
19832,155135,204
Murmur (142nd)by R.E.M.
19842,158170,396
19852,170143,930
19862,290169,567
19872,496161,954
19882,578151,335
19892,616197,306
Total22,9261,591,097

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Prince, Pixies, The Cure, Talking Heads, U2, Metallica, Kate Bush, R.E.M. and The Stone Roses.
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Year of Release:
1984
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2,423
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1988
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2,423
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1988
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2,405
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1980
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2,400
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1989
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2,283
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1980
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2,275
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1980
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2,270
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1983
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2,250
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1983
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2,231
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1982
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2,223
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 12 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 117 12%
1981 123 12%
1982 110 11%
1983 96 10%
1984 103 10%
1985 81 8%
1986 93 9%
1987 86 9%
1988 92 9%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 415 42%
United States 388 39%
Australia 41 4%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Canada 23 2%
Germany 22 2%
Ireland 12 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 968 97%
Yes 32 3%
Live? Albums %
No 978 98%
Yes 22 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 1%
Best Artists of 1982
1. Michael Jackson
2. Kate Bush
3. Iron Maiden
4. The Cure
5. Bruce Springsteen
6. Roxy Music
7. Prince
8. Duran Duran
9. Dire Straits
10. Donald Fagen
11. The Clash
12. Elvis Costello
13. Elvis Costello And The Attractions
14. Simple Minds
15. Peter Gabriel
16. XTC
17. Laurie Anderson
18. Judas Priest
19. The Fall
20. Bad Brains
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