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.
19801,695206,370
19811,706120,913
19821,674149,325
19831,668136,407
Murmur (142nd)by R.E.M.
19841,675177,589
19851,696146,042
19861,778185,268
19871,973176,131
19882,029166,710
19892,101224,228
Total17,9951,688,983

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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1980
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5,115
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1987
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5,067
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1983
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5,024
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1980
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4,773
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1987
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4,755
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1985
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4,742
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1984
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4,607
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1985
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4,528
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1988
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4,279
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1984
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4,259
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 6 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 119 12%
1982 110 11%
1983 93 9%
1984 102 10%
1985 82 8%
1986 96 10%
1987 85 9%
1988 95 10%
1989 104 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
U2 7 1%
The Fall 7 1%
R.E.M. 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 407 41%
United States 392 39%
Australia 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 21 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 965 97%
Yes 35 4%
Live? Albums %
No 983 98%
Yes 17 2%
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