Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 40,000 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.
19801,605200,458
19811,635116,893
19821,616144,214
19831,604132,827
Murmur (138th)by R.E.M.
19841,625172,922
19851,637141,272
19861,713182,883
19871,896174,245
19881,970165,274
19892,025221,883
Total17,3261,652,871

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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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 122 12%
1982 108 11%
1983 92 9%
1984 100 10%
1985 83 8%
1986 95 10%
1987 91 9%
1988 97 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 402 40%
United States 390 39%
Australia 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 30 3%
Canada 25 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 17 2%
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Best Artists of the 2000s
1. Radiohead
2. Arcade Fire
3. The Strokes
4. Coldplay
5. Arctic Monkeys
6. Muse
7. Sufjan Stevens
8. Animal Collective
9. Wilco
10. The White Stripes
11. Kanye West
12. Interpol
13. Modest Mouse
14. Godspeed You! Black Emperor
15. Queens Of The Stone Age
16. LCD Soundsystem
17. The National
18. The Flaming Lips
19. Bon Iver
20. Gorillaz
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