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.
19801,752205,827
19811,769121,933
19821,721149,022
19831,703136,999
Murmur (146th)by R.E.M.
19841,713177,135
19851,742146,836
19861,829185,162
19872,027175,949
19882,084164,747
19892,150222,756
Total18,4901,686,366

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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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 113 11%
1981 121 12%
1982 111 11%
1983 97 10%
1984 101 10%
1985 81 8%
1986 93 9%
1987 83 8%
1988 97 10%
1989 103 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 412 41%
United States 388 39%
Australia 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 31 3%
Canada 25 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 964 96%
Yes 36 4%
Live? Albums %
No 982 98%
Yes 18 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 992 99%
Yes 8 1%
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4. Is This It by The Strokes
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10. Madvillainy by Madvillain
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12. A Rush Of Blood To The Head by Coldplay
13. Sound Of Silver by LCD Soundsystem
14. Elephant by The White Stripes
15. Amnesiac by Radiohead
16. Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective
17. Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips
18. Demon Days by Gorillaz
19. Fleet Foxes by Fleet Foxes
20. Songs For The Deaf by Queens Of The Stone Age
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