Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 47,000 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.
19801,955201,274
19811,988122,206
19821,954149,242
19831,946136,858
Murmur (150th)by R.E.M.
19841,933175,858
19851,925145,672
19862,043176,992
19872,229168,949
19882,357158,777
19892,393209,420
Total20,7231,645,249

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, Talking Heads, U2, Metallica, Kate Bush, R.E.M. and The Stone Roses.
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1986
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7,273
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1983
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7,228
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1984
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7,076
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1987
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6,981
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1982
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6,839
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1982
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6,613
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1985
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6,608
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1987
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6,390
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1982
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6,064
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1980
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5,937
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 4 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 110 11%
1981 122 12%
1982 109 11%
1983 96 10%
1984 102 10%
1985 82 8%
1986 97 10%
1987 90 9%
1988 91 9%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 422 42%
United States 387 39%
Mixed Nationality 34 3%
Australia 34 3%
Canada 23 2%
Germany 22 2%
Ireland 11 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 965 97%
Yes 35 4%
Live? Albums %
No 978 98%
Yes 22 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 987 99%
Yes 13 1%
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. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
12. Untitled (Led Zeppelin IV) by Led Zeppelin
13. The Beatles (The White Album) by The Beatles
14. Funeral by Arcade Fire
15. Nevermind by Nirvana (US)
16. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
17. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
18. London Calling by The Clash
19. Doolittle by Pixies
20. To Pimp A Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar
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