Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 39,000 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.
19801,577293,509
19811,616164,323
19821,593207,864
19831,588187,265
Murmur (142nd)by R.E.M.
19841,608253,795
19851,617198,308
19861,705276,167
19871,872271,059
19881,939249,793
19891,999343,165
Total17,1142,445,249

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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1981
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511
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1988
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511
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510
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508
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1989
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507
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1988
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507
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1980
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505
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504
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1984
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503
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501
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 60 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 108 11%
1981 118 12%
1982 102 10%
1983 96 10%
1984 99 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 99 10%
1987 88 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 103 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Siouxsie And The Banshees 7 1%
R.E.M. 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 411 41%
United States 389 39%
Australia 37 4%
Canada 29 3%
Mixed Nationality 24 2%
Ireland 18 2%
Germany 18 2%
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Best Ever Artists
1. The Beatles
2. Radiohead
3. Pink Floyd
4. Led Zeppelin
5. Bob Dylan
6. David Bowie
7. Arcade Fire
8. The Rolling Stones
9. Nirvana
10. The Velvet Underground
11. The Smiths
12. Pixies
13. The Beach Boys
14. The Clash
15. U2
16. The Who
17. Neil Young
18. Bruce Springsteen
19. Jimi Hendrix
20. Miles Davis
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