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.

Best albums by year or decade
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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.
19801,856205,716
19811,861123,283
19821,833149,564
19831,812138,852
Murmur (144th)by R.E.M.
19841,809179,069
19851,834147,653
19861,931182,895
19872,124174,307
19882,248162,327
19892,265219,625
Total19,5731,683,291

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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1981
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1988
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1982
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194
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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 110 11%
1983 94 9%
1984 102 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 93 9%
1987 85 9%
1988 99 10%
1989 97 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 406 41%
United States 385 39%
Mixed Nationality 38 4%
Australia 37 4%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 22 2%
Ireland 11 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 964 96%
Yes 36 4%
Live? Albums %
No 980 98%
Yes 20 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 989 99%
Yes 11 1%
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10. The A.V. Club's 50 best albums of the 2010s by The A.V. Club (2019)
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