Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 40,000 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.
19801,598200,990
19811,627117,446
19821,606144,774
19831,594133,193
Murmur (139th)by R.E.M.
19841,618173,252
19851,624141,487
19861,709183,706
19871,878175,895
19881,954165,764
19892,013222,593
Total17,2211,659,100

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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1980
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1,602
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1987
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1,590
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1984
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1,572
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1980
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1,560
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1986
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1,548
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1988
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1,537
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1987
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1,529
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1989
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1,512
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1980
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1,512
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 18 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 118 12%
1982 107 11%
1983 93 9%
1984 100 10%
1985 81 8%
1986 98 10%
1987 91 9%
1988 98 10%
1989 100 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 404 40%
United States 388 39%
Australia 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 31 3%
Canada 26 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 16 2%
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Best Albums of the 1980s
1. Doolittle by Pixies
2. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
3. Remain In Light by Talking Heads
4. The Stone Roses by The Stone Roses
5. Disintegration by The Cure
6. The Joshua Tree by U2
7. Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth
8. Closer by Joy Division
9. Thriller by Michael Jackson
10. Hounds Of Love by Kate Bush
11. Purple Rain by Prince And The Revolution
12. Surfer Rosa by Pixies
13. Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses
14. Rain Dogs by Tom Waits
15. Master Of Puppets by Metallica
16. Graceland by Paul Simon
17. Back In Black by AC/DC
18. Murmur by R.E.M.
19. Spirit Of Eden by Talk Talk
20. Moving Pictures by Rush
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