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.
19801,577293,728
19811,617164,394
19821,593207,926
19831,588187,232
Murmur (142nd)by R.E.M.
19841,608253,765
19851,618198,312
19861,705276,341
19871,872271,005
19881,939249,765
19892,001343,114
Total17,1182,445,582

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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11,354
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1982
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11,013
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1986
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10,532
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1984
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10,164
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1985
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10,007
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1983
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9,713
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1982
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9,661
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1988
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9,625
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1983
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9,502
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 4 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%
Siouxsie And The Banshees 7 1%
R.E.M. 7 1%
The Smiths 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%
Ireland 18 2%
Germany 18 2%
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Best Ever Albums
1. OK Computer by Radiohead
2. The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
3. Abbey Road by The Beatles
4. Revolver by The Beatles
5. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles
6. Kid A by Radiohead
7. Led Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin
8. Funeral by Arcade Fire
9. The Velvet Underground And Nico by The Velvet Underground And Nico
10. Nevermind by Nirvana
11. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
12. In Rainbows by Radiohead
13. The Beatles (The White Album) by The Beatles
14. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
15. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars by David Bowie
16. London Calling by The Clash
17. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
18. The Bends by Radiohead
19. Doolittle by Pixies
20. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
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