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.
19801,752205,816
19811,768121,729
19821,719149,051
19831,702136,893
Murmur (146th)by R.E.M.
19841,713177,100
19851,741146,946
19861,827185,271
19872,024175,949
19882,083164,698
19892,149222,987
Total18,4781,686,440

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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187
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 113 11%
1981 121 12%
1982 111 11%
1983 97 10%
1984 101 10%
1985 82 8%
1986 93 9%
1987 83 8%
1988 97 10%
1989 102 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
U2 7 1%
The Fall 7 1%
The Smiths 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 411 41%
United States 388 39%
Australia 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 31 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 21 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%
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