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.

Best albums by year or decade
Decade:
Year:
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.
19801,809206,298
19811,822123,339
19821,790149,253
19831,772138,171
Murmur (146th)by R.E.M.
19841,774179,088
19851,808147,080
19861,913183,446
19872,095174,867
19882,210162,632
19892,239220,467
Total19,2321,684,642

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.
View chart at point in time
 Show this chart as it was on the following date
Share this chart
Share | |
Collector's summary (top 1,000)Log in or register to discover the great albums that are missing from your music collection!
Sort by
Year of Release:
1989
Appears in:
Rank Score:
195
Rank in 1989:
Rank in 1980s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1989
Appears in:
Rank Score:
195
Rank in 1989:
Rank in 1980s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1986
Appears in:
Rank Score:
194
Rank in 1986:
Rank in 1980s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1988
Appears in:
Rank Score:
194
Rank in 1988:
Rank in 1980s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1980
Appears in:
Rank Score:
193
Rank in 1980:
Rank in 1980s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1988
Appears in:
Rank Score:
192
Rank in 1988:
Rank in 1980s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1982
Appears in:
Rank Score:
191
Rank in 1982:
Rank in 1980s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1987
Appears in:
Rank Score:
190
Rank in 1987:
Rank in 1980s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1988
Appears in:
Rank Score:
190
Rank in 1988:
Rank in 1980s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
1981
Appears in:
Rank Score:
190
Rank in 1981:
Rank in 1980s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 120 12%
1982 114 11%
1983 93 9%
1984 102 10%
1985 84 8%
1986 95 10%
1987 84 8%
1988 99 10%
1989 98 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%
Show all
Country Albums %


United Kingdom 413 41%
United States 389 39%
Australia 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 32 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 22 2%
Argentina 11 1%
Show all
Compilation? Albums %
No 965 97%
Yes 35 4%
Live? Albums %
No 981 98%
Yes 19 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 991 99%
Yes 9 1%
Recent Member  Charts
1. Top 70 Music Albums of 2021 by RockyRaccoon (2021)
2. Top 17 Music Albums of 1996 by dougcummings (2021)
3. Top 50 Music Albums of 1983 by covecove (2021)
4. Top 50 Music Albums of 1982 by covecove (2021)
5. Top 100 Music Albums of 1973 by paladisiac (2021)
6. 1973 year, 101-200* by paladisiac (2021)
7. Top 100 Music Albums of the 2000s by djnizzi (2021)
8. Top 75 Music Albums of 2003 by paladisiac (2021)
9. 2000s, #101-200 by paladisiac (2021)
10. top albums, #1101-1200 by paladisiac (2021)
11. 2000s, #201-300* by paladisiac (2021)
12. all-time fav arteests (pts) #196-290* by paladisiac (2021)
13. top albums, #1201-1300* by paladisiac (2021)
14. Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by sszwalbenest (2021)
15. Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by buzzdainer (2021)
16. Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Jbalbinolr (2021)
17. Top 100 Music Albums of the 1990s by sszwalbenest (2021)
18. Top 100 Music Albums of the 1970s by buzzdainer (2021)
19. Top 13 Music Albums of 1993 by sszwalbenest (2021)
20. Albums of the Year by sszwalbenest (2021)
Back to Top