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.
19801,594200,730
19811,627117,332
19821,605144,670
19831,592133,445
Murmur (137th)by R.E.M.
19841,617173,068
19851,624141,147
19861,709183,696
19871,878175,818
19881,953165,678
19892,014222,848
Total17,2131,658,433

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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10,406
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1983
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9,805
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1984
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9,757
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1989
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9,268
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1988
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8,591
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1985
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8,400
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1987
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8,257
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1985
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8,213
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1984
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8,163
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 3 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 119 12%
1982 106 11%
1983 93 9%
1984 99 10%
1985 81 8%
1986 98 10%
1987 91 9%
1988 99 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 403 40%
United States 389 39%
Australia 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 31 3%
Canada 26 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 16 2%
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Best Artists of 2000
1. Radiohead
2. Godspeed You! Black Emperor
3. Modest Mouse
4. The Avalanches
5. Coldplay
6. Eminem
7. PJ Harvey
8. OutKast
9. At The Drive-In
10. Queens Of The Stone Age
11. Deftones
12. D'Angelo
13. Linkin Park
14. Elliott Smith
15. The White Stripes
16. U2
17. Ryan Adams
18. Electric Wizard
19. Grandaddy
20. Deltron 3030
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