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.
19801,576293,339
19811,614164,305
19821,592207,483
19831,587187,232
Murmur (142nd)by R.E.M.
19841,605253,182
19851,617198,944
19861,702276,134
19871,870270,914
19881,934249,611
19891,996342,915
Doolittle (19th)by Pixies
Total17,0932,444,058

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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1984
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11,547
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1987
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11,357
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1982
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11,011
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1986
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10,537
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1984
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10,165
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1985
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10,010
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1983
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9,714
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1982
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9,707
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1988
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9,638
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1983
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9,503
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 4 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 109 11%
1981 117 12%
1982 102 10%
1983 97 10%
1984 97 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 99 10%
1987 88 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 104 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 412 41%
United States 389 39%
Australia 37 4%
Canada 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 23 2%
Germany 18 2%
Ireland 17 2%
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