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.
19801,605200,598
19811,635117,006
19821,614144,291
19831,604132,940
Murmur (137th)by R.E.M.
19841,624172,953
19851,637141,362
19861,713182,999
19871,895174,361
19881,970165,347
19892,025222,057
Total17,3221,653,915

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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184
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184
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 122 12%
1982 108 11%
1983 92 9%
1984 100 10%
1985 83 8%
1986 95 10%
1987 90 9%
1988 97 10%
1989 101 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 402 40%
United States 390 39%
Australia 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 30 3%
Canada 25 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 17 2%
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Best Albums of the 1990s
1. OK Computer by Radiohead
2. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
3. Nevermind by Nirvana
4. The Bends by Radiohead
5. Loveless by My Bloody Valentine
6. Ten by Pearl Jam
7. Siamese Dream by The Smashing Pumpkins
8. In Utero by Nirvana
9. (What's The Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis
10. Automatic For The People by R.E.M.
11. Grace by Jeff Buckley
12. Ágætis Byrjun by Sigur Rós
13. Weezer (The Blue Album) by Weezer
14. Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins
15. Illmatic by Nas
16. Dummy by Portishead
17. Spiderland by Slint
18. Pinkerton by Weezer
19. The Soft Bulletin by The Flaming Lips
20. Achtung Baby by U2
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