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.

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.
19801,785206,894
19811,806123,433
19821,763149,541
19831,743138,261
Murmur (146th)by R.E.M.
19841,756179,963
19851,780148,089
19861,878185,514
19872,074176,109
19882,184165,134
19892,209222,862
Total18,9781,695,800

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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1983
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7,833
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1984
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7,651
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1987
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7,522
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1986
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7,355
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1982
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7,033
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1985
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6,798
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1987
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6,629
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1982
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6,302
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1982
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6,125
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1980
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6,072
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 4 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 122 12%
1982 111 11%
1983 95 10%
1984 102 10%
1985 82 8%
1986 94 9%
1987 85 9%
1988 97 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 412 41%
United States 391 39%
Australia 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 32 3%
Canada 25 3%
Germany 20 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 991 99%
Yes 9 1%
Best Ever Artists
1. The Beatles
2. Radiohead
3. Pink Floyd
4. David Bowie
5. Bob Dylan
6. Led Zeppelin
7. The Rolling Stones
8. Arcade Fire
9. The Velvet Underground
10. Nirvana
11. The Smiths
12. Kendrick Lamar
13. Neil Young
14. The Beach Boys
15. Pixies
16. Miles Davis
17. Kanye West
18. Jimi Hendrix
19. Bruce Springsteen
20. R.E.M.
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