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.
19801,754205,946
19811,773121,913
19821,721148,837
19831,705137,083
Murmur (147th)by R.E.M.
19841,714177,499
19851,743147,148
19861,831185,494
19872,028175,899
19882,085164,767
19892,150223,404
Total18,5041,687,991

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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1984
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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 99 10%
1984 101 10%
1985 81 8%
1986 92 9%
1987 84 8%
1988 97 10%
1989 102 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 412 41%
United States 388 39%
Australia 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 31 3%
Canada 24 2%
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%
Best Artists of 1969
1. The Beatles
2. Led Zeppelin
3. King Crimson
4. The Rolling Stones
5. The Velvet Underground
6. Nick Drake
7. Frank Zappa
8. Miles Davis
9. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
10. Creedence Clearwater Revival
11. Neil Young
12. Neil Young With Crazy Horse
13. The Who
14. The Band
15. The Kinks
16. Crosby, Stills & Nash
17. The Stooges
18. Fairport Convention
19. Sly & The Family Stone
20. Dusty Springfield
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