Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 44,000 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.
19801,731205,695
19811,741121,091
19821,701149,025
19831,687136,234
Murmur (143rd)by R.E.M.
19841,698177,610
19851,721146,101
19861,806184,988
19871,999176,174
19882,065165,749
19892,130223,675
Total18,2791,686,343

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 114 11%
1981 120 12%
1982 111 11%
1983 97 10%
1984 102 10%
1985 82 8%
1986 93 9%
1987 84 8%
1988 96 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 412 41%
United States 389 39%
Australia 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 21 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 964 96%
Yes 36 4%
Live? Albums %
No 982 98%
Yes 18 2%
Best Albums of the 2000s
1. Kid A by Radiohead
2. In Rainbows by Radiohead
3. Funeral by Arcade Fire
4. Is This It by The Strokes
5. Illinois by Sufjan Stevens
6. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot by Wilco
7. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not by Arctic Monkeys
8. Turn On The Bright Lights by Interpol
9. Lift Yr. Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
10. For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver
11. Madvillainy by Madvillain
12. A Rush Of Blood To The Head by Coldplay
13. Sound Of Silver by LCD Soundsystem
14. Elephant by The White Stripes
15. Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective
16. Amnesiac by Radiohead
17. Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips
18. Demon Days by Gorillaz
19. Fleet Foxes by Fleet Foxes
20. Songs For The Deaf by Queens Of The Stone Age
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