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.
19801,801206,810
19811,823123,382
19821,780149,040
19831,763138,229
Murmur (145th)by R.E.M.
19841,768179,355
19851,794147,208
19861,901184,089
19872,087175,334
19882,202163,523
19892,226221,298
Total19,1451,688,266

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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1982
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18,781
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1988
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16,415
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1985
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15,768
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1986
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15,511
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1987
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14,927
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1986
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13,292
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1980
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13,040
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1983
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12,142
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1988
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12,135
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1981
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11,880
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 2 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 121 12%
1982 110 11%
1983 94 9%
1984 101 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 95 10%
1987 85 9%
1988 98 10%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
U2 7 1%
The Fall 7 1%
R.E.M. 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 413 41%
United States 390 39%
Australia 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 32 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 22 2%
Ireland 11 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 964 96%
Yes 36 4%
Live? Albums %
No 981 98%
Yes 19 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 992 99%
Yes 8 1%
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10. Tiny Mix Tapes 2010s: Favorite 100 Music Releases of the Decade by Tiny Mix Tapes (2019)
11. The A.V. Club's 50 best albums of the 2010s by The A.V. Club (2019)
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