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.
19801,758205,550
19811,778122,225
19821,737148,978
19831,718137,411
Murmur (145th)by R.E.M.
19841,723178,195
19851,759146,992
19861,842185,689
19872,039175,999
19882,106165,037
19892,166223,640
Total18,6261,689,716

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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1980
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1986
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186
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1983
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186
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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 112 11%
1983 99 10%
1984 100 10%
1985 81 8%
1986 94 9%
1987 83 8%
1988 96 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
U2 7 1%
The Fall 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 413 41%
United States 388 39%
Australia 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 30 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 964 96%
Yes 36 4%
Live? Albums %
No 981 98%
Yes 19 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 992 99%
Yes 8 1%
Best Albums of 1988
1. Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth
2. Surfer Rosa by Pixies
3. Spirit Of Eden by Talk Talk
4. It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back by Public Enemy
5. ...And Justice For All by Metallica
6. Tracy Chapman by Tracy Chapman
7. Isn't Anything by My Bloody Valentine
8. Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A
9. Green by R.E.M.
10. Nothing's Shocking by Jane's Addiction
11. Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son by Iron Maiden
12. I'm Your Man by Leonard Cohen
13. Operation: Mindcrime by Queensrÿche
14. The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1 by The Traveling Wilburys
15. If I Should Fall From Grace With God by The Pogues
16. Tender Prey by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
17. 16 Lovers Lane by The Go-Betweens
18. Viva Hate by Morrissey
19. Rattle And Hum by U2
20. Starfish by The Church
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