Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 53,000 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.
19802,158194,039
19812,191120,613
19822,153148,371
19832,170135,449
Murmur (142nd)by R.E.M.
19842,165170,663
19852,180143,916
19862,308169,420
19872,512162,140
19882,595151,865
19892,636197,194
Total23,0681,593,670

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Prince, Pixies, The Cure, Talking Heads, U2, Metallica, Kate Bush, R.E.M. and The Stone Roses.
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Year of Release:
1986
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38,012
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1989
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36,319
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Year of Release:
1980
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30,327
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Year of Release:
1989
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27,803
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1989
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25,588
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Year of Release:
1987
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19,686
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1985
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19,172
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1988
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17,393
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1982
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17,142
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1984
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16,730
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Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 118 12%
1981 123 12%
1982 110 11%
1983 97 10%
1984 103 10%
1985 80 8%
1986 93 9%
1987 87 9%
1988 91 9%
1989 98 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 417 42%
United States 386 39%
Australia 41 4%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Canada 23 2%
Germany 22 2%
Ireland 12 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 968 97%
Yes 32 3%
Live? Albums %
No 978 98%
Yes 22 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 12 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. Kendrick Lamar
11. Nirvana
12. Neil Young
13. The Smiths
14. Miles Davis
15. The Beach Boys
16. Kanye West
17. Pixies
18. R.E.M.
19. Jimi Hendrix
20. Bruce Springsteen
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