Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 52,000 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.
19802,102195,173
19812,133120,278
19822,104148,396
19832,114136,070
Murmur (141st)by R.E.M.
19842,113172,039
19852,117144,386
19862,217172,597
19872,433163,371
19882,522152,923
19892,535199,860
Total22,3901,605,094

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Prince, Pixies, The Cure, Talking Heads, U2, Metallica, Kate Bush, R.E.M. and The Stone Roses.
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1981
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194
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1982
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194
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1988
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193
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1986
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193
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1984
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1986
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192
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1986
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192
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1985
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192
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1981
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192
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1987
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 117 12%
1981 121 12%
1982 110 11%
1983 96 10%
1984 103 10%
1985 82 8%
1986 96 10%
1987 85 9%
1988 92 9%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 416 42%
United States 387 39%
Australia 40 4%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Canada 23 2%
Germany 22 2%
Ireland 12 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 966 97%
Yes 34 3%
Live? Albums %
No 977 98%
Yes 23 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 1%
Best Ever Artists
1. The Beatles
2. Radiohead
3. Pink Floyd
4. David Bowie
5. Bob Dylan
6. Led Zeppelin
7. The Rolling Stones
8. Arcade Fire
9. The Velvet Underground
10. Kendrick Lamar
11. Nirvana
12. The Smiths
13. Neil Young
14. Miles Davis
15. The Beach Boys
16. Kanye West
17. Pixies
18. R.E.M.
19. Jimi Hendrix
20. Bruce Springsteen
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