Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 40,000 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.
19801,594200,740
19811,626117,325
19821,604144,660
19831,592133,361
Murmur (137th)by R.E.M.
19841,615172,849
19851,623141,149
19861,709183,647
19871,876175,703
19881,953165,603
19892,007222,496
Total17,1991,657,533

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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1984
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4,316
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1985
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4,256
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1988
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4,214
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1985
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4,182
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1988
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4,157
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1984
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4,103
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1988
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4,036
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1987
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3,913
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1986
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3,887
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1986
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3,878
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 7 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 119 12%
1982 106 11%
1983 93 9%
1984 99 10%
1985 81 8%
1986 98 10%
1987 91 9%
1988 99 10%
1989 100 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%
Talking Heads 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 403 40%
United States 389 39%
Australia 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 31 3%
Canada 26 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 16 2%
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7. Top 100 Albums of the Decade by Crack Magazine (2019)
8. Tiny Mix Tapes 2010s: Favorite 100 Music Releases of the Decade by Tiny Mix Tapes (2019)
9. The A.V. Club's 50 best albums of the 2010s by The A.V. Club (2019)
10. Top 50 Albums of the 2010s by The Wild Honey Pie (2019)
11. The 100 Best Albums Of The 2010s by Stereogum (2019)
12. The 200 Best Albums of the 2010s by Pitchfork (2019)
13. Top 100 Albums of the 2010s by Consequence of Sound (2019)
14. The 100 Best Albums of the 2010s by Paste (2019)
15. StuBru albums of 2010s by StuBru (2017)
16. 100 greatest albums of the 2010s by cleveland.com (2019)
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