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.

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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.
19801,839206,024
19811,845123,145
19821,813149,298
19831,789138,142
Murmur (146th)by R.E.M.
19841,792178,955
19851,821147,897
19861,921183,175
19872,109174,288
19882,224162,321
19892,253220,254
Total19,4061,683,498

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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1985
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1982
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195
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1987
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194
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1989
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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 111 11%
1981 123 12%
1982 111 11%
1983 95 10%
1984 102 10%
1985 84 8%
1986 95 10%
1987 84 8%
1988 97 10%
1989 98 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 408 41%
United States 389 39%
Australia 37 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 981 98%
Yes 19 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 990 99%
Yes 10 1%
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