Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 44,000 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.
19801,807206,183
19811,823123,399
19821,788149,256
19831,769138,247
Murmur (146th)by R.E.M.
19841,773179,360
19851,807147,000
19861,911183,803
19872,094174,921
19882,209162,799
19892,240220,455
Total19,2211,685,422

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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1980
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1984
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1988
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192
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1986
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191
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1982
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191
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1988
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190
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1981
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190
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1986
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190
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1989
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190
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1986
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189
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 120 12%
1982 112 11%
1983 93 9%
1984 101 10%
1985 84 8%
1986 97 10%
1987 84 8%
1988 99 10%
1989 99 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 412 41%
United States 391 39%
Australia 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 31 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 22 2%
Ireland 11 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 965 97%
Yes 35 4%
Live? Albums %
No 981 98%
Yes 19 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 992 99%
Yes 8 1%
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