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.
19801,807206,294
19811,823123,410
19821,790149,287
19831,772138,148
Murmur (147th)by R.E.M.
19841,774179,226
19851,808147,056
19861,913183,524
19872,095174,882
19882,210162,664
19892,239220,507
Total19,2311,684,997

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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1986
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1989
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195
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1986
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194
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1988
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1980
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193
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1984
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193
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1988
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192
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1982
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191
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1988
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190
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1981
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190
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 120 12%
1982 114 11%
1983 93 9%
1984 102 10%
1985 84 8%
1986 95 10%
1987 84 8%
1988 99 10%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 413 41%
United States 389 39%
Australia 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 32 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 22 2%
Argentina 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 991 99%
Yes 9 1%
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