Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 46,000 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.
19801,799207,331
19811,817123,580
19821,775149,593
19831,759138,840
Murmur (146th)by R.E.M.
19841,766179,722
19851,794147,935
19861,893184,752
19872,081176,074
19882,197164,345
19892,223221,669
Total19,1041,693,844

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, Talking Heads, U2, Metallica, The Stone Roses, R.E.M. and Kate Bush.
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1984
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1981
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192
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1986
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192
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192
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192
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1980
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191
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 122 12%
1982 110 11%
1983 94 9%
1984 101 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 95 10%
1987 84 8%
1988 98 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
U2 7 1%
The Fall 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 412 41%
United States 391 39%
Australia 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 32 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 22 2%
Ireland 11 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 964 96%
Yes 36 4%
Live? Albums %
No 981 98%
Yes 19 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 992 99%
Yes 8 1%
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