Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 44,000 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.
19801,843205,620
19811,848123,107
19821,814149,387
19831,790138,282
Murmur (146th)by R.E.M.
19841,793178,779
19851,821148,068
19861,923183,010
19872,111174,373
19882,225162,252
19892,254220,151
Total19,4221,683,028

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, Talking Heads, U2, Metallica, The Stone Roses, R.E.M. and Kate Bush.
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1985
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195
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195
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195
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1984
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195
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194
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1987
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194
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1989
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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 110 11%
1981 124 12%
1982 110 11%
1983 95 10%
1984 102 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 94 9%
1987 86 9%
1988 95 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 407 41%
United States 389 39%
Australia 37 4%
Mixed Nationality 34 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 22 2%
Ireland 11 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 965 97%
Yes 35 4%
Live? Albums %
No 981 98%
Yes 19 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 990 99%
Yes 10 1%
Best Ever Albums
1. OK Computer by Radiohead
2. The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
3. Abbey Road by The Beatles
4. Revolver by The Beatles
5. Kid A by Radiohead
6. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles
7. In Rainbows by Radiohead
8. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
9. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars by David Bowie
10. The Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground & Nico
11. Untitled (Led Zeppelin IV) by Led Zeppelin
12. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
13. Funeral by Arcade Fire
14. The Beatles (The White Album) by The Beatles
15. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
16. Nevermind by Nirvana
17. Doolittle by Pixies
18. London Calling by The Clash
19. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
20. The Bends by Radiohead
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