Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 39,000 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.
19801,577293,620
19811,616164,317
19821,593207,858
19831,588187,223
Murmur (142nd)by R.E.M.
19841,608253,782
19851,617198,325
19861,705276,225
19871,872271,008
19881,939249,773
19892,000343,146
Total17,1152,445,277

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, U2, Talking Heads, Metallica, The Stone Roses, Sonic Youth and R.E.M..
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1989
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15,628
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1984
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15,104
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1984
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15,001
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1988
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14,215
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1984
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14,168
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1983
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13,618
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1985
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12,656
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1984
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12,473
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1985
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12,178
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1987
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12,176
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 3 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 108 11%
1981 118 12%
1982 102 10%
1983 96 10%
1984 99 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 99 10%
1987 88 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 103 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%
U2 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 411 41%
United States 389 39%
Australia 37 4%
Canada 29 3%
Mixed Nationality 24 2%
Germany 18 2%
Ireland 18 2%
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Best Albums of 1953
1. Black Coffee by Peggy Lee
2. Chante Les Chansons Poétiques no1 by Georges Brassens
3. Sonny Rollins With The Modern Jazz Quartet by Sonny Rollins
4. La Vie En Rose by Edith Piaf
5. Dean Martin Sings by Dean Martin
6. Wagner: Tristan Und Isolde by Wilhelm Furtwängler / Philharmonia Orchestra
7. Songs By Tom Lehrer by Tom Lehrer
8. Jazz At Oberlin by The Dave Brubeck Quartet
9. Vol. 2 by Georges Brassens
10. Inca Taqui by Yma Sumac
11. The Astaire Story by Fred Astaire
12. Moondog And His Friends by Moondog
13. Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen by Wilhelm Furtwängler / Orchestra Sinfonica E Coro Della Radio Italiana
14. Ludwig Van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" by Wilhelm Furtwangler / Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
15. Calamity Jane by Doris Day
16. New Concepts Of Artistry In Rhythm by Stan Kenton
17. Charlie Parker by Charlie Parker
18. Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana by Tullio Serafin / Coro E Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano
19. Dvořák: Symphony No. 5 In E Minor, Op. 95 "From The New World" by George Szell / The Cleveland Orchestra
20. Nat King Cole Sings For Two In Love by Nat King Cole
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