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.
19801,558289,667
19811,598162,385
19821,565204,633
19831,568185,252
Murmur (143rd)
by R.E.M.
19841,596250,062
19851,601196,732
19861,686273,432
19871,852268,065
19881,909247,879
19891,969339,042
Doolittle (19th)
by Pixies
Total16,9022,417,149

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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566
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1981
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565
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1988
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560
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1981
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560
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1986
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559
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1988
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559
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1984
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556
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1987
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555
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1988
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554
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 55 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 119 12%
1982 101 10%
1983 97 10%
1984 100 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 97 10%
1987 86 9%
1988 101 10%
1989 101 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%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 416 42%
United States 386 39%
Australia 37 4%
Canada 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 23 2%
Germany 19 2%
Ireland 18 2%
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