Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 46,000 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.
19801,780205,659
19811,803122,544
19821,757149,308
19831,731137,967
Murmur (144th)by R.E.M.
19841,752179,293
19851,771147,868
19861,867185,569
19872,063175,880
19882,166164,854
19892,197223,116
Total18,8871,692,057

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, Talking Heads, U2, Metallica, The Stone Roses, R.E.M. and Kate Bush.
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1988
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1982
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190
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1982
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189
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1989
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188
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1986
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187
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 121 12%
1982 113 11%
1983 95 10%
1984 102 10%
1985 82 8%
1986 95 10%
1987 84 8%
1988 96 10%
1989 100 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 412 41%
United States 391 39%
Australia 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 32 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 20 2%
Jamaica 11 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 964 96%
Yes 36 4%
Live? Albums %
No 981 98%
Yes 19 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 991 99%
Yes 9 1%
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