Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 43,000 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.
19801,700205,943
19811,713121,041
19821,679148,924
19831,675136,182
Murmur (142nd)by R.E.M.
19841,686178,385
19851,698145,774
19861,788185,190
19871,981176,146
19882,041166,742
19892,109224,222
Total18,0701,688,550

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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1984
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1987
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188
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188
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 121 12%
1982 109 11%
1983 96 10%
1984 102 10%
1985 83 8%
1986 94 9%
1987 84 8%
1988 96 10%
1989 101 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 410 41%
United States 391 39%
Australia 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 21 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 964 96%
Yes 36 4%
Live? Albums %
No 983 98%
Yes 17 2%
Best Albums of the 1960s
1. Abbey Road by The Beatles
2. Revolver by The Beatles
3. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles
4. The Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground & Nico
5. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
6. The Beatles (The White Album) by The Beatles
7. Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan
8. Rubber Soul by The Beatles
9. In The Court Of The Crimson King by King Crimson
10. The Doors by The Doors
11. Blonde On Blonde by Bob Dylan
12. Are You Experienced by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
13. Led Zeppelin II by Led Zeppelin
14. Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin
15. Astral Weeks by Van Morrison
16. Let It Bleed by The Rolling Stones
17. Forever Changes by Love
18. Electric Ladyland by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
19. A Love Supreme by John Coltrane
20. Magical Mystery Tour by The Beatles
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