Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 50,000 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.
19802,033199,558
19812,063123,175
19822,025149,659
19832,014137,718
Murmur (146th)by R.E.M.
19842,034175,007
19852,002145,670
19862,106175,579
19872,289167,294
19882,441157,466
19892,446205,344
Total21,4531,636,471

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, Talking Heads, U2, Metallica, Kate Bush, R.E.M. and The Stone Roses.
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1989
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198
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1981
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1981
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1986
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197
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1987
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197
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1986
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197
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1987
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196
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1989
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196
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1988
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196
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 121 12%
1982 110 11%
1983 95 10%
1984 101 10%
1985 83 8%
1986 98 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 93 9%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Rush (CA) 8 1%
The Fall 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
R.E.M. 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 415 42%
United States 394 39%
Australia 34 3%
Mixed Nationality 30 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 23 2%
Ireland 12 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 965 97%
Yes 35 4%
Live? Albums %
No 978 98%
Yes 22 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 1%
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