Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 46,000 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.
19801,907203,686
19811,925121,993
19821,887148,776
19831,897137,980
Murmur (150th)by R.E.M.
19841,864176,765
19851,881146,988
19861,989180,146
19872,195171,148
19882,321160,348
19892,335215,460
Total20,2011,663,291

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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1989
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44,760
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1986
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44,486
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1980
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34,385
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1989
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30,293
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1989
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30,153
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1987
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23,340
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1988
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20,597
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1985
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20,121
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1980
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19,194
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1982
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18,172
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 1 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 110 11%
1981 122 12%
1982 110 11%
1983 98 10%
1984 100 10%
1985 84 8%
1986 95 10%
1987 85 9%
1988 95 10%
1989 101 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 410 41%
United States 384 38%
Mixed Nationality 39 4%
Australia 35 4%
Canada 26 3%
Germany 22 2%
Ireland 11 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 965 97%
Yes 35 4%
Live? Albums %
No 979 98%
Yes 21 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 987 99%
Yes 13 1%
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