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.
19801,593200,686
19811,627117,438
19821,603144,674
19831,592133,341
Murmur (137th)by R.E.M.
19841,614172,816
19851,623141,204
19861,709183,655
19871,876175,791
19881,953165,587
19892,007222,532
Total17,1971,657,725

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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10,407
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1983
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9,806
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9,758
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1989
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9,271
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1988
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8,597
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1985
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8,406
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1987
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8,329
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1985
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8,253
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1984
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8,169
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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%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
U2 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 the 2000s
1. Radiohead
2. Arcade Fire
3. The Strokes
4. Coldplay
5. Arctic Monkeys
6. Muse
7. Sufjan Stevens
8. Animal Collective
9. Wilco
10. The White Stripes
11. Kanye West
12. Interpol
13. Modest Mouse
14. Godspeed You! Black Emperor
15. Queens Of The Stone Age
16. LCD Soundsystem
17. The National
18. The Flaming Lips
19. Gorillaz
20. Bon Iver
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