Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 43,000 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.
19801,690206,847
19811,687120,813
19821,667149,076
19831,657136,292
Murmur (145th)by R.E.M.
19841,665178,107
19851,677144,423
19861,767186,193
19871,955177,025
19882,010166,639
19892,075225,204
Total17,8501,690,619

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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1981
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759
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1984
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752
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752
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1980
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1986
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739
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1982
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738
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1982
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722
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720
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720
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719
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 35 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 118 12%
1981 120 12%
1982 111 11%
1983 94 9%
1984 101 10%
1985 81 8%
1986 94 9%
1987 84 8%
1988 94 9%
1989 103 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 407 41%
United States 391 39%
Australia 40 4%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Canada 25 3%
Germany 21 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 967 97%
Yes 33 3%
Live? Albums %
No 983 98%
Yes 17 2%
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. Kid A by Radiohead
6. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles
7. In Rainbows by Radiohead
8. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
9. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars by David Bowie
10. The Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground & Nico
11. Funeral by Arcade Fire
12. Untitled (Led Zeppelin IV) by Led Zeppelin
13. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
14. Nevermind by Nirvana
15. The Beatles (The White Album) by The Beatles
16. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
17. Doolittle by Pixies
18. London Calling by The Clash
19. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
20. The Bends by Radiohead
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