Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 53,000 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.
19802,138193,599
19812,176120,318
19822,140148,014
19832,152135,350
Murmur (144th)by R.E.M.
19842,157170,604
19852,168144,214
19862,285169,747
19872,491162,160
19882,572151,582
19892,600197,614
Total22,8791,593,202

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Prince, Pixies, The Cure, Talking Heads, U2, Metallica, Kate Bush, R.E.M. and The Stone Roses.
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Year of Release:
1980
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16,563
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1988
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13,366
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1986
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13,138
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1985
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12,953
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1987
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12,138
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1986
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11,618
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1988
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11,203
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Year of Release:
1980
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11,149
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1983
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10,519
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1981
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10,004
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 117 12%
1981 123 12%
1982 110 11%
1983 96 10%
1984 102 10%
1985 81 8%
1986 94 9%
1987 86 9%
1988 93 9%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 416 42%
United States 386 39%
Australia 41 4%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Canada 23 2%
Germany 22 2%
Ireland 12 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 969 97%
Yes 32 3%
Live? Albums %
No 978 98%
Yes 23 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 13 1%
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