Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 42,000 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.
19801,678205,310
19811,681119,937
19821,659147,208
19831,646135,529
Murmur (142nd)by R.E.M.
19841,654176,193
19851,671143,238
19861,755184,962
19871,943175,804
19882,005165,343
19892,061223,972
Total17,7531,677,495

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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1984
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17,912
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1988
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16,726
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1987
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16,051
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1985
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15,948
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1986
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15,654
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1986
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13,313
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1980
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13,196
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1983
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12,646
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1988
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12,574
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1981
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12,193
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 2 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 118 12%
1981 118 12%
1982 110 11%
1983 93 9%
1984 99 10%
1985 82 8%
1986 96 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 95 10%
1989 102 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
R.E.M. 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 403 40%
United States 392 39%
Australia 40 4%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 17 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 965 97%
Yes 35 4%
Top  Data Admins
1. horvis 2,193
2. bojolpif71 1,772
3. Romanelli 1,378
4. albummaster 1,257
5. TheDude85 772
6. ASOARE 686
7. NoisyBeast 493
8. Skerns 338
9. Steppenwolf666 248
10. jnfbn 230
Based on data mods over the past two weeks.
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