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.
19801,909203,500
19811,926121,952
19821,889148,763
19831,898138,000
Murmur (151st)by R.E.M.
19841,867176,837
19851,881146,857
19861,990180,079
19872,195170,882
19882,324160,193
19892,337215,207
Total20,2161,662,270

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, Talking Heads, U2, Metallica, The Stone Roses, R.E.M. and Kate Bush.
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 110 11%
1981 122 12%
1982 110 11%
1983 97 10%
1984 100 10%
1985 84 8%
1986 95 10%
1987 85 9%
1988 96 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
The Fall 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 409 41%
United States 385 39%
Mixed Nationality 39 4%
Australia 35 4%
Canada 26 3%
Germany 22 2%
Ireland 11 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 965 97%
Yes 35 4%
Live? Albums %
No 979 98%
Yes 21 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 987 99%
Yes 13 1%
Best Albums of 1955
1. In The Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra
2. Sarah Vaughan by Sarah Vaughan
3. Rock Around The Clock by Bill Haley And His Comets
4. Julie Is Her Name by Julie London
5. Ramblin' Man by Hank Williams
6. Concert By The Sea by Erroll Garner
7. Study In Brown by Clifford Brown & Max Roach
8. Shake, Rattle And Roll by Bill Haley And His Comets
9. Dinah Jams by Dinah Washington
10. Satch Plays Fats by Louis Armstrong
11. Lullabies Of Birdland by Ella Fitzgerald
12. Sarah Vaughan In Hi-Fi by Sarah Vaughan
13. Blue Moods by Miles Davis
14. Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 by Wilhelm Furtwängler / Bayreuth Festpiele Orchester Und Chor
15. Lennie Tristano by Lennie Tristano
16. Diz And Getz by Stan Getz & Dizzy Gillespie
17. Les And Mary by Les Paul & Mary Ford
18. Chet Atkins In Three Dimensions by Chet Atkins
19. Lotte Lenya Singt Kurt Weill by Lotte Lenya
20. Hamp & Getz by Stan Getz / Lionel Hampton
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