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.
19801,846205,766
19811,849123,294
19821,814149,491
19831,790138,231
Murmur (147th)by R.E.M.
19841,793178,827
19851,822148,137
19861,927183,260
19872,119174,587
19882,225162,393
19892,255220,155
Total19,4401,684,139

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, Talking Heads, U2, Metallica, The Stone Roses, R.E.M. and Kate Bush.
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1987
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3,568
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1988
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3,419
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1989
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3,419
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1981
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3,406
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1983
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3,398
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1980
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3,313
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1980
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3,241
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1985
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3,227
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1987
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3,227
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1985
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3,223
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 9 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 110 11%
1981 124 12%
1982 110 11%
1983 95 10%
1984 102 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 94 9%
1987 85 9%
1988 96 10%
1989 98 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 407 41%
United States 389 39%
Australia 37 4%
Mixed Nationality 34 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 22 2%
Ireland 11 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 964 96%
Yes 36 4%
Live? Albums %
No 981 98%
Yes 19 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 990 99%
Yes 10 1%
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