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.
19801,696206,471
19811,706120,928
19821,675149,661
19831,671136,600
Murmur (142nd)by R.E.M.
19841,675178,026
19851,697146,130
19861,780185,393
19871,973176,298
19882,030166,957
19892,103224,241
Total18,0061,690,706

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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1986
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752
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1982
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752
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1987
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751
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1989
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749
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1986
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748
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1981
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748
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1984
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744
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1989
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743
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1986
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743
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738
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 35 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 119 12%
1982 110 11%
1983 94 9%
1984 102 10%
1985 82 8%
1986 95 10%
1987 85 9%
1988 95 10%
1989 104 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 407 41%
United States 392 39%
Australia 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 21 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 965 97%
Yes 35 4%
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. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles
6. Kid A by Radiohead
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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