Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 46,000 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.
19801,917203,099
19811,932121,821
19821,899148,459
19831,906137,547
Murmur (150th)by R.E.M.
19841,885176,206
19851,889146,685
19861,996179,263
19872,198170,449
19882,332160,462
19892,351214,040
Total20,3051,658,031

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, Talking Heads, U2, Metallica, The Stone Roses, Kate Bush and R.E.M..
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1985
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1984
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1980
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194
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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 109 11%
1981 121 12%
1982 110 11%
1983 98 10%
1984 100 10%
1985 84 8%
1986 96 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 95 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 411 41%
United States 384 38%
Mixed Nationality 39 4%
Australia 35 4%
Canada 26 3%
Germany 22 2%
Ireland 11 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 964 96%
Yes 36 4%
Live? Albums %
No 979 98%
Yes 21 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 987 99%
Yes 13 1%
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