Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 50,000 greatest album charts.

Best albums by year or decade
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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.
19802,032199,769
19812,065123,165
19822,027149,844
19832,016137,687
Murmur (146th)by R.E.M.
19842,034175,015
19852,006145,555
19862,107175,509
19872,290167,119
19882,441157,255
19892,446204,908
Total21,4641,635,827

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, Talking Heads, U2, Metallica, Kate Bush, R.E.M. and The Stone Roses.
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1984
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9,482
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1987
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9,284
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1984
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9,244
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1983
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8,722
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1984
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8,691
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1984
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8,152
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1985
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7,967
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1989
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7,720
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1986
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7,384
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1988
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7,306
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 3 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 121 12%
1982 110 11%
1983 95 10%
1984 102 10%
1985 83 8%
1986 98 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 93 9%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 414 41%
United States 395 40%
Australia 34 3%
Mixed Nationality 30 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 23 2%
Ireland 12 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 965 97%
Yes 35 4%
Live? Albums %
No 978 98%
Yes 22 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 1%
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