Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 41,000 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.
19801,661202,993
19811,670118,424
19821,652145,844
19831,637133,071
Murmur (143rd)by R.E.M.
19841,651174,867
19851,664142,781
19861,740183,445
19871,928174,308
19881,993164,702
19892,054223,881
Total17,6501,664,318

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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1989
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50,091
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1986
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49,411
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1980
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34,893
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1989
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33,989
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1989
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30,936
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1987
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25,802
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1988
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22,480
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1980
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21,462
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1982
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19,140
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1985
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19,134
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 115 12%
1981 119 12%
1982 111 11%
1983 91 9%
1984 102 10%
1985 81 8%
1986 96 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 97 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
U2 7 1%
R.E.M. 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 400 40%
United States 389 39%
Australia 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Canada 25 3%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 17 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 964 96%
Yes 36 4%
Live? Albums %
No 985 99%
Yes 15 2%
Best Artists of the 1990s
1. Radiohead
2. Nirvana
3. Neutral Milk Hotel
4. The Smashing Pumpkins
5. Oasis
6. My Bloody Valentine
7. Weezer
8. Pearl Jam
9. R.E.M.
10. Richard David James
11. Björk
12. Pavement
13. Jeff Buckley
14. Sigur Rós
15. Blur
16. Red Hot Chili Peppers
17. Portishead
18. Elliott Smith
19. Nas
20. Massive Attack
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