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.
19801,918203,195
19811,932122,062
19821,899148,354
19831,907137,692
Murmur (150th)by R.E.M.
19841,886176,127
19851,890146,814
19861,996179,268
19872,198170,439
19882,332160,441
19892,351213,899
Total20,3091,658,290

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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1988
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196
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1985
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195
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1981
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1983
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1981
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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 108 11%
1981 122 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%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
R.E.M. 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
U2 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 412 41%
United States 383 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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