Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 43,000 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.
/yearstats.php?y=19801,690207,068
/yearstats.php?y=19811,689120,892
/yearstats.php?y=19821,667149,057
/yearstats.php?y=19831,657136,368
Murmur (142nd)by R.E.M.
/yearstats.php?y=19841,665177,864
/yearstats.php?y=19851,679144,644
/yearstats.php?y=19861,767186,324
/yearstats.php?y=19871,956177,007
/yearstats.php?y=19882,012166,721
/yearstats.php?y=19892,078225,360
Total17,8601,691,305

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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1984
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506
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1988
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504
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1981
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504
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1980
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500
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1980
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499
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1989
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498
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1980
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498
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1988
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496
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1985
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495
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1984
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 47 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 117 12%
1981 119 12%
1982 112 11%
1983 93 9%
1984 101 10%
1985 81 8%
1986 94 9%
1987 85 9%
1988 95 10%
1989 103 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 407 41%
United States 390 39%
Australia 40 4%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 21 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 967 97%
Yes 33 3%
Live? Albums %
No 984 98%
Yes 16 2%
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