Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 39,000 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.
19801,568292,295
19811,605164,061
19821,583206,705
19831,579187,128
Murmur (142nd)by R.E.M.
19841,602252,460
19851,612198,743
19861,699275,364
19871,863270,362
19881,931249,630
19891,987342,418
Doolittle (19th)by Pixies
Total17,0292,439,166

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, U2, Talking Heads, Metallica, The Stone Roses, Sonic Youth and R.E.M..
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1987
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257
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1981
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257
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1986
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1987
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1983
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256
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1989
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256
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1980
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256
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1983
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1980
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255
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1984
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255
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 110 11%
1981 118 12%
1982 101 10%
1983 98 10%
1984 98 10%
1985 86 9%
1986 98 10%
1987 87 9%
1988 101 10%
1989 103 10%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 10 1%
Depeche Mode 8 1%
Iron Maiden 8 1%
Rush 8 1%
U2 7 1%
Talking Heads 7 1%
Siouxsie And The Banshees 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 413 41%
United States 388 39%
Australia 37 4%
Canada 27 3%
Mixed Nationality 24 2%
Ireland 18 2%
Germany 18 2%
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Best Artists of 1984
1. Prince
2. Prince And The Revolution
3. The Smiths
4. Metallica
5. Bruce Springsteen
6. The Replacements
7. Bob Marley & The Wailers
8. Bob Marley
9. Minutemen
10. Cocteau Twins
11. U2
12. Talking Heads
13. Hüsker Dü
14. Echo & The Bunnymen
15. Iron Maiden
16. R.E.M.
17. Van Halen
18. Meat Puppets
19. Sade
20. Lloyd Cole and the Commotions


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