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.
19801,605200,444
19811,635116,951
19821,614144,223
19831,604132,868
Murmur (137th)by R.E.M.
19841,624172,867
19851,637141,291
19861,713182,885
19871,896174,253
19881,970165,278
19892,024221,899
Total17,3221,652,960

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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1989
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 122 12%
1982 108 11%
1983 92 9%
1984 100 10%
1985 83 8%
1986 95 10%
1987 90 9%
1988 97 10%
1989 101 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%
Talking Heads 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 402 40%
United States 390 39%
Australia 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 30 3%
Canada 25 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 17 2%
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