Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the greatest albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 39,000 greatest album charts.

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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.
19801,554288,870
19811,597161,805
19821,565204,057
19831,568185,100
Murmur (142nd)
by R.E.M.
19841,596249,494
19851,601196,452
19861,684273,515
19871,848267,614
19881,907247,579
19891,953338,096
Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,8732,412,583

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..
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1980
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7,082
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1987
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7,077
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1989
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6,863
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1984
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6,678
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1984
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6,662
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1989
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6,627
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1986
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6,501
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1984
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6,471
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1986
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6,294
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1986
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6,268
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 6 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 111 11%
1981 117 12%
1982 101 10%
1983 97 10%
1984 101 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 98 10%
1987 86 9%
1988 101 10%
1989 102 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%
U2 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 416 42%
United States 387 39%
Australia 37 4%
Canada 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 22 2%
Germany 19 2%
Ireland 18 2%
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