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.
19801,575293,319
19811,614164,249
19821,592207,481
19831,587187,122
Murmur (142nd)by R.E.M.
19841,605253,165
19851,617198,947
19861,702276,103
19871,870270,804
19881,933249,602
19891,996342,929
Doolittle (19th)by Pixies
Total17,0912,443,721

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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1987
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7,173
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1987
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7,157
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1989
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6,955
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1989
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6,790
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1984
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6,761
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1984
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6,611
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1984
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6,605
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1986
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6,477
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1980
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6,324
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1986
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6,276
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 6 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 108 11%
1981 117 12%
1982 102 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 97 10%
1985 85 9%
1986 99 10%
1987 88 9%
1988 102 10%
1989 104 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 412 41%
United States 388 39%
Australia 37 4%
Canada 28 3%
Mixed Nationality 23 2%
Germany 18 2%
Ireland 18 2%
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