Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 42,000 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.
19801,678205,346
19811,681119,980
19821,658147,257
19831,646135,412
Murmur (142nd)by R.E.M.
19841,654176,193
19851,671143,308
19861,755184,981
19871,943175,873
19882,005165,322
19892,061224,095
Total17,7521,677,766

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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3,544
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1987
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3,540
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1981
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3,501
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1980
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3,369
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1983
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3,366
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1987
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3,356
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1980
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3,300
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1989
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3,299
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1988
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3,266
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1987
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3,143
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 9 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 118 12%
1981 118 12%
1982 110 11%
1983 92 9%
1984 99 10%
1985 82 8%
1986 96 10%
1987 88 9%
1988 95 10%
1989 102 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 392 39%
Australia 40 4%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 17 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 965 97%
Yes 35 4%
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