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.
19801,700205,984
19811,711120,720
19821,678148,891
19831,674136,226
Murmur (142nd)by R.E.M.
19841,686178,209
19851,698145,806
19861,788185,171
19871,980176,060
19882,040166,750
19892,109224,131
Total18,0641,687,948

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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1983
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 120 12%
1982 109 11%
1983 96 10%
1984 102 10%
1985 83 8%
1986 95 10%
1987 84 8%
1988 96 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 410 41%
United States 390 39%
Australia 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 21 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 964 96%
Yes 36 4%
Live? Albums %
No 983 98%
Yes 17 2%
Best Albums of 1952
1. Bird & Diz by Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie
2. Anthology Of American Folk Music by Various Artists
3. Moanin' The Blues by Hank Williams
4. Billie Holiday Sings by Billie Holiday
5. La Vie En Rose by Edith Piaf
6. The Amazing Bud Powell by Bud Powell
7. Genius Of Modern Music, Vol. 2 by Thelonious Monk
8. Unforgettable by Nat King Cole
9. Satchmo Serenades by Louis Armstrong
10. Penthouse Serenade by Nat King Cole
11. La Mauvaise Réputation by Georges Brassens
12. Dancers Of Bali by Anak Agung Gde Mandera / Gamelan Orchestra From The Village Of Pliatan, Bali, Indonesia
13. Legend Of The Sun Virgin by Yma Sumac
14. Harmony Encores by The Chordettes
15. A Second Album Of Bahamian Songs by Blind Blake
16. Blazing Ballads by Dinah Washington
17. Igor Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring by Igor Markevitch / Vienna Philharmonic
18. Vol. 1 by Charlie Parker
19. The Four Aces by The Four Aces
20. Singin' In The Rain by Various Artists
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