Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 51,000 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.
19802,083195,733
19812,121120,821
19822,086148,165
19832,095136,208
Murmur (143rd)by R.E.M.
19842,095172,863
19852,101143,949
19862,199173,887
19872,412164,113
19882,499154,228
19892,503201,680
Total22,1941,611,647

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, Talking Heads, U2, Metallica, Kate Bush, R.E.M. and The Stone Roses.
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1988
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3,645
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1982
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3,642
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1986
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3,637
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1989
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3,637
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1986
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3,554
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1981
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3,520
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1989
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3,517
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1988
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3,510
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1988
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3,483
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1984
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3,480
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 8 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 115 12%
1981 122 12%
1982 108 11%
1983 98 10%
1984 102 10%
1985 83 8%
1986 96 10%
1987 84 8%
1988 92 9%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Rush (CA) 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
R.E.M. 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 417 42%
United States 389 39%
Australia 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 21 2%
Ireland 12 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 966 97%
Yes 35 3%
Live? Albums %
No 978 98%
Yes 23 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 988 99%
Yes 13 1%
Best Albums of the 1980s
1. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
2. Doolittle by Pixies
3. Remain In Light by Talking Heads
4. Disintegration by The Cure
5. The Stone Roses by The Stone Roses
6. The Joshua Tree by U2
7. Hounds Of Love by Kate Bush
8. Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth
9. Closer by Joy Division
10. Thriller by Michael Jackson
11. Purple Rain by Prince And The Revolution
12. Surfer Rosa by Pixies
13. Master Of Puppets by Metallica
14. Rain Dogs by Tom Waits
15. Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses
16. Graceland by Paul Simon
17. Spirit Of Eden by Talk Talk
18. Back In Black by AC/DC
19. Murmur by R.E.M.
20. Moving Pictures by Rush (CA)
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