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.
19801,605200,669
19811,634117,033
19821,614144,345
19831,604132,892
Murmur (138th)by R.E.M.
19841,625172,987
19851,637141,322
19861,713183,048
19871,895174,377
19881,970165,252
19892,025222,061
Total17,3221,653,986

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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1987
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240
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 80 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 112 11%
1981 122 12%
1982 108 11%
1983 92 9%
1984 100 10%
1985 83 8%
1986 95 10%
1987 90 9%
1988 97 10%
1989 101 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 402 40%
United States 390 39%
Australia 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 30 3%
Canada 25 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 17 2%
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Best Artists of the 1960s
1. The Beatles
2. The Velvet Underground
3. Jimi Hendrix
4. Bob Dylan
5. The Beach Boys
6. The Velvet Underground & Nico
7. The Jimi Hendrix Experience
8. Led Zeppelin
9. The Doors
10. The Rolling Stones
11. King Crimson
12. John Coltrane
13. Frank Zappa
14. The Kinks
15. Van Morrison
16. Love
17. Neil Young
18. Charles Mingus
19. The Who
20. Pink Floyd
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