Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 45,000 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.
19801,754205,859
19811,772121,861
19821,721148,844
19831,705137,057
Murmur (146th)by R.E.M.
19841,714177,362
19851,743146,927
19861,830185,363
19872,027175,864
19882,085164,566
19892,150223,079
Total18,5011,686,781

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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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 113 11%
1981 120 12%
1982 111 11%
1983 98 10%
1984 101 10%
1985 81 8%
1986 92 9%
1987 84 8%
1988 97 10%
1989 103 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 412 41%
United States 388 39%
Australia 37 4%
Mixed Nationality 31 3%
Canada 25 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 964 96%
Yes 36 4%
Live? Albums %
No 982 98%
Yes 18 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 992 99%
Yes 8 1%
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