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.
19801,680205,401
19811,683119,995
19821,661147,674
19831,646135,463
Murmur (143rd)by R.E.M.
19841,655176,467
19851,674143,522
19861,759185,332
19871,945175,961
19882,005165,777
19892,064224,118
Total17,7721,679,711

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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1980
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3,094
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1981
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3,091
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1980
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3,050
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1980
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3,023
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1982
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2,926
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1985
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2,921
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1985
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2,910
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1980
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2,895
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1988
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2,885
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1982
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2,860
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 10 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 117 12%
1981 118 12%
1982 111 11%
1983 93 9%
1984 100 10%
1985 82 8%
1986 96 10%
1987 86 9%
1988 94 9%
1989 103 10%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 405 41%
United States 393 39%
Australia 40 4%
Mixed Nationality 26 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 20 2%
Ireland 17 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 966 97%
Yes 34 3%
Best Artists of 1969
1. The Beatles
2. Led Zeppelin
3. King Crimson
4. The Rolling Stones
5. The Velvet Underground
6. Nick Drake
7. Frank Zappa
8. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
9. The Who
10. Neil Young
11. Neil Young With Crazy Horse
12. Creedence Clearwater Revival
13. Miles Davis
14. The Band
15. The Kinks
16. Crosby, Stills & Nash
17. The Stooges
18. Fairport Convention
19. Sly & The Family Stone
20. Dusty Springfield
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