Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 43,000 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.
19801,696206,471
19811,706120,928
19821,675149,661
19831,671136,600
Murmur (142nd)by R.E.M.
19841,675178,026
19851,697146,130
19861,780185,393
19871,973176,298
19882,030166,957
19892,103224,241
Total18,0061,690,706

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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1988
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 119 12%
1982 110 11%
1983 94 9%
1984 102 10%
1985 82 8%
1986 95 10%
1987 85 9%
1988 95 10%
1989 104 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 407 41%
United States 392 39%
Australia 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 21 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 965 97%
Yes 35 4%
Live? Albums %
No 983 98%
Yes 17 2%
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. Hounds Of Love by Kate Bush
10. Thriller by Michael Jackson
11. Purple Rain by Prince And The Revolution
12. Surfer Rosa by Pixies
13. Rain Dogs by Tom Waits
14. Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses
15. Master Of Puppets by Metallica
16. Back In Black by AC/DC
17. Graceland by Paul Simon
18. Murmur by R.E.M.
19. Spirit Of Eden by Talk Talk
20. Moving Pictures by Rush
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