Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 47,000 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.
19801,938203,199
19811,966122,520
19821,934149,348
19831,927137,913
Murmur (151st)by R.E.M.
19841,916176,710
19851,908146,654
19862,025178,734
19872,213170,405
19882,347160,023
19892,377212,345
Total20,5511,657,850

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, Talking Heads, U2, Metallica, Kate Bush, The Stone Roses and R.E.M..
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1981
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1989
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993.
Complete Madness 
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1982
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 123 12%
1982 110 11%
1983 97 10%
1984 99 10%
1985 82 8%
1986 97 10%
1987 89 9%
1988 93 9%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 420 42%
United States 387 39%
Australia 35 4%
Mixed Nationality 33 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 22 2%
Ireland 11 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 965 97%
Yes 35 4%
Live? Albums %
No 978 98%
Yes 22 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 986 99%
Yes 14 1%
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