"Heaven knows, it's got to be this time"

- New Order
 

Best Albums of the 1980s

« View best albums of the 1970sView best albums of the 1990s »

Listed below are the greatest albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 38,000 greatest album charts.

Best albums by year or decade
View by decade:
View by year:
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.
19801,539286,000 Remain In Light (39th)
by Talking Heads
19811,572158,926 Moving Pictures (152nd)
by Rush
19821,548201,178 Thriller (73rd)
by Michael Jackson
19831,534182,567 Murmur (143rd)
by R.E.M.
19841,568246,872 Purple Rain (97th)
by Prince And The Revolution
19851,577193,642 Hounds Of Love (105th)
by Kate Bush
19861,650270,609 The Queen Is Dead (20th)
by The Smiths
19871,814263,145 The Joshua Tree (37th)
by U2
19881,870246,043 Daydream Nation (56th)
by Sonic Youth
19891,920336,071 Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,5922,385,052

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, U2, Talking Heads, Metallica, The Stone Roses, Sonic Youth and R.E.M..
View chart at point in time
 Show this chart as it was on the following date
Share this chart
Share | |
| RSS feed: |Download CSV file: Log in / register
URL to this chart: |
Collector's summary (top 1,000)Log in or register to discover the great albums that are missing from your music collection!
Sort byOverall Rank | Number of Charts | Average Rating | Number of Ratings | Release Date | Title | Artist
RankAlbumArtist
991.

Broadcasting From HomeUnited Kingdom Penguin Cafe Orchestra
Year of Release:1984Appears in:22 charts
Rank in 1984:100Rank Score:247
Rank in 1980s991Overall Rank:6,495
Average Rating:  72/100 (36 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.
992.

RedJamaica Black Uhuru
Year of Release:1981Appears in:41 charts
Rank in 1981:117Rank Score:247
Rank in 1980s992Overall Rank:6,498
Average Rating:  73/100 (52 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.
993.

Get LuckyCanada Loverboy
Year of Release:1981Appears in:20 charts
Rank in 1981:118Rank Score:247
Rank in 1980s993Overall Rank:6,508
Average Rating:  64/100 (40 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.
994.

TallulahAustralia The Go-Betweens
Year of Release:1987Appears in:43 charts
Rank in 1987:85Rank Score:247
Rank in 1980s994Overall Rank:6,509
Average Rating:  77/100 (47 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.
995.

Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!United States Megadeth
Year of Release:1985Appears in:36 charts
Rank in 1985:88Rank Score:247
Rank in 1980s995Overall Rank:6,511
Average Rating:  72/100 (104 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.
996.

Bass CultureUnited Kingdom Linton Kwesi Johnson
Year of Release:1980Appears in:37 charts
Rank in 1980:110Rank Score:246
Rank in 1980s996Overall Rank:6,514
Average Rating:  78/100 (28 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.
997.

Slide It InUnited Kingdom Whitesnake
Year of Release:1984Appears in:30 charts
Rank in 1984:101Rank Score:246
Rank in 1980s997Overall Rank:6,518
Average Rating:  72/100 (57 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.
998.

SynthesistGermany Harald Grosskopf
Year of Release:1980Appears in:35 charts
Rank in 1980:111Rank Score:246
Rank in 1980s998Overall Rank:6,529
Average Rating:  75/100 (39 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.
999.

KamikazeArgentina Luis Alberto Spinetta
Year of Release:1982Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 1982:101Rank Score:246
Rank in 1980s999Overall Rank:6,530
Average Rating:  78/100 (18 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.
1000.

Sentimental HygieneUnited States Warren Zevon
Year of Release:1987Appears in:35 charts
Rank in 1987:86Rank Score:245
Rank in 1980s1,000Overall Rank:6,532
Average Rating:  75/100 (48 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 118 12%
1982 101 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 101 10%
1985 88 9%
1986 98 10%
1987 86 9%
1988 99 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
R.E.M. 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
U2 7 1%
Show all
Country Albums %


United Kingdom 415 42%
United States 388 39%
Australia 38 4%
Canada 28 3%
Germany 20 2%
Mixed Nationality 20 2%
Ireland 18 2%
Show all

« View best albums of the 1970sView best albums of the 1990s »

BestEverAlbums.com  Site Newsletter
Sign up to receive the latest site news.
Privacy We value your privacy

BestEverAlbums.com   Music Stores
United States  Buy from your favourite store:
eBay Amazon iTunes
Copyright © 2005-2019 BestEverAlbums.com. All rights reserved.    Terms of Use  |   Privacy Policy  |   Contact Us  |   Advertising  |   RSS Feeds  |   Site Map