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.
19801,731205,647
19811,742121,102
19821,703149,042
19831,687136,127
Murmur (142nd)by R.E.M.
19841,699177,557
19851,724146,198
19861,806184,874
19872,002176,225
19882,065165,651
19892,130223,583
Total18,2891,686,005

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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1983
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190
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190
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1988
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189
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1982
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189
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1981
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189
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1987
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189
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1983
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189
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1984
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 120 12%
1982 111 11%
1983 97 10%
1984 102 10%
1985 82 8%
1986 93 9%
1987 84 8%
1988 96 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 412 41%
United States 389 39%
Australia 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 21 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 964 96%
Yes 36 4%
Live? Albums %
No 982 98%
Yes 18 2%
Best Artists of 1973
1. Pink Floyd
2. Led Zeppelin
3. Stevie Wonder
4. Genesis
5. The Who
6. Elton John
7. Paul McCartney
8. Paul McCartney & Wings
9. The Stooges
10. Iggy And The Stooges
11. David Bowie
12. Can
13. Bruce Springsteen
14. Roxy Music
15. Lynyrd Skynyrd
16. Herbie Hancock
17. Lou Reed
18. Mike Oldfield
19. Tom Waits
20. Bob Marley
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