Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 43,000 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.
19801,689206,794
19811,687120,784
19821,666148,968
19831,655136,246
Murmur (145th)by R.E.M.
19841,665178,009
19851,677144,469
19861,766186,194
19871,954176,971
19882,009166,635
19892,073225,131
Total17,8411,690,202

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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1987
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3,113
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1981
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3,092
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1980
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3,083
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1985
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3,033
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1982
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3,030
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1980
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3,015
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1985
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2,910
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1980
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2,891
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1988
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2,883
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1985
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2,866
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 10 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 903 9%
1981 975 10%
1982 965 10%
1983 936 9%
1984 959 10%
1985 953 10%
1986 1,014 10%
1987 1,049 10%
1988 1,097 11%
1989 1,149 11%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 187 2%
Frank Zappa 25 0%
The Residents 22 0%
Tangerine Dream 20 0%
Gary Numan 18 0%
The Fall 15 0%
The Cure 14 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 3,773 38%
United Kingdom 2,581 26%
Germany 469 5%
Mixed Nationality 464 5%
Australia 282 3%
Canada 261 3%
Japan 220 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 9,304 93%
Yes 696 7%
Live? Albums %
No 9,872 99%
Yes 128 1%
Best Artists of 1966
1. The Beatles
2. The Beach Boys
3. Bob Dylan
4. Simon & Garfunkel
5. The Rolling Stones
6. The Mothers Of Invention
7. Frank Zappa
8. 13th Floor Elevators
9. John Coltrane
10. The Kinks
11. Cream
12. Monks
13. Love
14. Nina Simone
15. The Mamas And The Papas
16. The Byrds
17. Ennio Morricone
18. John Mayall & Eric Clapton
19. Donovan
20. Wayne Shorter
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