Best Albums of the 1980s

Listed below are the best albums of the 1980s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 44,000 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.
19801,733205,695
19811,744121,097
19821,703149,183
19831,688136,150
Murmur (142nd)by R.E.M.
19841,701177,525
19851,724146,222
19861,808184,971
19872,003176,295
19882,064165,661
19892,132223,690
Total18,3001,686,489

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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191
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1983
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190
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1986
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190
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1988
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189
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1982
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189
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1981
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189
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1987
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189
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1983
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189
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1980
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189
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1984
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Total albums: 1,000. Page 100 of 100

Best Albums of the 1980s composition

Year Albums %


1980 114 11%
1981 121 12%
1982 111 11%
1983 97 10%
1984 102 10%
1985 82 8%
1986 93 9%
1987 84 8%
1988 96 10%
1989 101 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%
R.E.M. 7 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 412 41%
United States 389 39%
Australia 39 4%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Canada 24 2%
Germany 21 2%
Ireland 13 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 965 96%
Yes 36 4%
Live? Albums %
No 983 98%
Yes 18 2%
Best Artists of 1998
1. Neutral Milk Hotel
2. Massive Attack
3. Air (FR)
4. OutKast
5. Boards Of Canada
6. Lauryn Hill
7. Elliott Smith
8. Madonna
9. Eels
10. Mercury Rev
11. Lucinda Williams
12. The Smashing Pumpkins
13. Refused
14. Placebo
15. Tortoise
16. Belle And Sebastian
17. Pulp
18. Dirty Three
19. Pearl Jam
20. Black Star
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