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.
19801,783205,938
19811,806123,039
19821,764149,210
19831,740137,970
Murmur (146th)by R.E.M.
19841,757179,642
19851,777147,817
19861,876185,173
19872,073175,834
19882,181164,941
19892,206222,981
Total18,9631,692,544

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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1989
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48,553
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1986
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47,784
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1980
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35,672
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1989
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32,549
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1989
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31,285
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1987
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25,256
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1988
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21,981
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1980
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20,918
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1985
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20,284
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1984
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19,080
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 122 12%
1982 113 11%
1983 96 10%
1984 102 10%
1985 82 8%
1986 94 9%
1987 84 8%
1988 96 10%
1989 99 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 414 41%
United States 389 39%
Australia 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 32 3%
Canada 25 3%
Germany 20 2%
Argentina 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%
Best Artists of the 2000s
1. Radiohead
2. Arcade Fire
3. The Strokes
4. Coldplay
5. Arctic Monkeys
6. Sufjan Stevens
7. Animal Collective
8. Muse
9. Wilco
10. The White Stripes
11. Kanye West
12. Interpol
13. Modest Mouse
14. Godspeed You! Black Emperor
15. Queens Of The Stone Age
16. LCD Soundsystem
17. The National
18. Gorillaz
19. Madvillain
20. The Flaming Lips
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