Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 41,000 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.
19801,621200,014
19811,648116,393
19821,632144,764
19831,625132,536
Murmur (139th)by R.E.M.
19841,632172,548
19851,646141,578
19861,723182,006
19871,911172,640
19881,977164,278
19892,037221,296
Total17,4521,648,054

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 121 12%
1982 107 11%
1983 92 9%
1984 100 10%
1985 83 8%
1986 95 10%
1987 90 9%
1988 98 10%
1989 102 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 391 39%
Australia 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 29 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 17 2%
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Best Ever Artists
1. The Beatles
2. Radiohead
3. Pink Floyd
4. David Bowie
5. Led Zeppelin
6. Bob Dylan
7. Arcade Fire
8. The Rolling Stones
9. The Velvet Underground
10. Nirvana
11. The Smiths
12. Kendrick Lamar
13. Neil Young
14. Pixies
15. The Beach Boys
16. Miles Davis
17. Kanye West
18. Bruce Springsteen
19. The Who
20. R.E.M.
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