Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 47,000 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.
19801,939203,126
19811,970122,573
19821,936149,258
19831,929137,885
Murmur (152nd)by R.E.M.
19841,917176,673
19851,908146,685
19862,028178,692
19872,215170,303
19882,347160,035
19892,381212,444
Total20,5701,657,676

The best artists of the 1980s were The Smiths, Pixies, Prince, The Cure, Talking Heads, U2, Metallica, Kate Bush, The Stone Roses and R.E.M..
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1981
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Complete Madness 
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1982
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193
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1988
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193
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193
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 110 11%
1981 123 12%
1982 109 11%
1983 98 10%
1984 99 10%
1985 82 8%
1986 97 10%
1987 89 9%
1988 93 9%
1989 100 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 422 42%
United States 386 39%
Australia 34 3%
Mixed Nationality 33 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 22 2%
Ireland 11 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 965 97%
Yes 35 4%
Live? Albums %
No 978 98%
Yes 22 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 987 99%
Yes 13 1%
Best Artists of 1988
1. Sonic Youth
2. Pixies
3. Talk Talk
4. Public Enemy
5. Metallica
6. My Bloody Valentine
7. Tracy Chapman
8. N.W.A
9. R.E.M.
10. Jane's Addiction
11. Iron Maiden
12. Leonard Cohen
13. The Traveling Wilburys
14. Queensrÿche
15. The Go-Betweens
16. The Pogues
17. Morrissey
18. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
19. U2
20. The Church
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