Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 40,000 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.
19801,594200,659
19811,627117,350
19821,605144,809
19831,593133,424
Murmur (136th)by R.E.M.
19841,617173,261
19851,624141,235
19861,709183,679
19871,878175,945
19881,953165,500
19892,014222,590
Total17,2141,658,452

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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1987
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7,718
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1983
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7,345
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1986
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7,198
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1985
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7,135
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1984
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6,961
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1982
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6,841
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1982
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6,654
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1987
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6,621
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1984
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6,243
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1983
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5,925
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 4 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 118 12%
1982 107 11%
1983 93 9%
1984 100 10%
1985 81 8%
1986 98 10%
1987 91 9%
1988 98 10%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 404 40%
United States 388 39%
Australia 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 31 3%
Canada 26 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 16 2%
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Best Albums of 1973
1. The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
2. Houses Of The Holy by Led Zeppelin
3. Innervisions by Stevie Wonder
4. Selling England By The Pound by Genesis
5. Quadrophenia by The Who
6. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John
7. Raw Power by Iggy And The Stooges
8. Band On The Run by Paul McCartney & Wings
9. Aladdin Sane by David Bowie
10. Future Days by Can
11. (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd) by Lynyrd Skynyrd
12. For Your Pleasure by Roxy Music
13. Berlin by Lou Reed
14. Head Hunters by Herbie Hancock
15. Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield
16. Closing Time by Tom Waits
17. The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle by Bruce Springsteen
18. Larks' Tongues In Aspic by King Crimson
19. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath by Black Sabbath
20. Let's Get It On by Marvin Gaye
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