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.

Best albums by year or decade
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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.
19801,730205,710
19811,739121,066
19821,701148,826
19831,686136,389
Murmur (142nd)by R.E.M.
19841,698177,719
19851,722145,993
19861,805184,909
19871,999176,254
19882,064165,727
19892,130223,754
Total18,2741,686,348

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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746
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1987
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742
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1984
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741
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1986
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738
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1982
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736
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1981
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733
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1987
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732
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1986
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730
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1986
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726
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1989
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726
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 35 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 120 12%
1982 111 11%
1983 97 10%
1984 102 10%
1985 82 8%
1986 93 9%
1987 83 8%
1988 97 10%
1989 101 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%
Talking Heads 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 411 41%
United States 389 39%
Australia 40 4%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 21 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 964 96%
Yes 36 4%
Live? Albums %
No 982 98%
Yes 18 2%
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8. The Needle Drop's Top Albums Of The 2010s by The Needle Drop (2019)
9. Tiny Mix Tapes 2010s: Favorite 100 Music Releases of the Decade by Tiny Mix Tapes (2019)
10. The A.V. Club's 50 best albums of the 2010s by The A.V. Club (2019)
11. Top 50 Albums of the 2010s by The Wild Honey Pie (2019)
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