Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the greatest albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 39,000 greatest album charts.

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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.
19801,558289,464
19811,598162,261
19821,565204,230
19831,568185,161
Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,596249,748
19851,601196,638
19861,685273,471
19871,852267,854
19881,909247,788
19891,967338,707
Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,8992,415,321

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, U2, Talking Heads, Metallica, The Stone Roses, Sonic Youth and R.E.M..
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1982
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2,510
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1980
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2,508
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1984
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2,507
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1982
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2,494
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1985
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2,482
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1983
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2,476
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1980
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2,462
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1983
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2,430
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1988
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2,424
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1987
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2,422
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 16 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 118 12%
1982 101 10%
1983 97 10%
1984 101 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 97 10%
1987 86 9%
1988 101 10%
1989 101 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%
U2 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 416 42%
United States 386 39%
Australia 37 4%
Canada 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 23 2%
Germany 19 2%
Ireland 18 2%
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