USA TOP Albums
USA No. 1 albums of the 80's

1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989

Number one albums of 1980

Date
Weeks on Top
Album Name
Artist Name
January 5
1
On the Radio: Volumes 1 & 2
Donna Summer
January 12
1
Bee Gees' Greatest Hits
Bee Gees
January 19
15
The Wall
Pink Floyd
May 3
6
Against the Wind
Bob Segar and the Silver Bullet Band
June 14
6
Glass Houses
Billy Joel
July 26
7
Emotional Rescue
Rolling Stones
September 13
1
Hold out
Jackson Browne
September 20
5
The Game
Queen
October 25
3
Guilty*
Barbra Streisand
November 8
4
The River
Bruce Springsteen
December 13
2
Kenny Rogers' Greatest Hits
Kenny Rogers
December 27
8
Double Fantasy
John Lennon/Yoko Ono

* Entered chart at #1

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Number one albums of 1981

Date
Weeks on Top
Album Name
Artist Name
February 21
15
Hi Infidelity*
REO Speedwagon
April 4
3
Paradise Theater*
Styx
June 27
4
Mistaken Identity
Kim Carnes
July 25
3
Long Distance Voyager
Moody Blues
August 15
1
Precious Time
Pan Benatar
August 22
10
Foreigner*
Foreigner
September 5
1
Bella Donna
Stevie Nicks
September 19
9
Escape
Journey
September 19
9
Tattoo You
Rolling Stones
December 26
3
For Those About to Rock We Salute You
AC/DC

* Entered chart at #1

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Number one albums of 1982

Date
Weeks on Top
Album Name
Artist Name
February 6
4
Freeze Frame
The J. Geils Band
March 6
6
Beauty and the Beat
Go-Go's
April 17
4
Chariots of Fire
Vangeles - soundtrack
May 15
9
Asia*
Asia
May 29
3
Tug of War
Paul McCartney
August 7
5
Mirage
Fleetwood Mac
September 11
9
American Fool
John Cougar
November 13
15
Business as Usual
Men at Work

* Entered chart at #1

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Number one albums of 1983

Date
Weeks on Top
Album Name
Artist Name
February 26
37
Thriller*
Michael Jackson
June 25
2
Flashdance
soundtrack
July 23
17
Synchronicity*
Police
November 26
1
Metal Health
Quiet Riot
December 3
3
Can't Slow Down
Lionel Richie

* Entered chart at #1

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Number one albums of 1984

Date
Weeks on Top
Album Name
Artist Name
April 21
10
Footloose
soundtrack
June 30
1
Sports
Huey Lewis and the News
July 7
7
Born in the USA
Bruce Springsteen
August 4
24
Purple Rain
Prince and the Revolution - soundtrack

* Entered chart at #1

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Number one albums of 1985

Date
Weeks on Top
Album Name
Artist Name
February 9
3
Like a Virgin
Madonna
March 2
3
Make It Big
Wham!
March 23
1
Centerfield
John Fogerty
March 30
7
No Jacket Required*
Phil Collins
April 27
3
We Are the World
USA for Africa
June 1
3
Around the World in a Day
Prince and the Revolution
June 22
2
Beverly Hills Cop
soundtrack
July 13
5
Songs from the Big Chair*
Tears for Fears
August 10
2
Reckless
Bryan Adams
August 31
9
Brothers in Arms
Dire Straits
November 2
11
Miami Vice*
soundtrack
December 21
1
Heart
Heart

* Entered chart at #1

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Number one albums of 1986

Date
Weeks on Top
Album Name
Artist Name
January 25
3
The Broadway Album
Barbra Streisand
February 15
2
Promise
Sade
March 1
1
Welcome to the Real World
Mr. Mister
March 8
14
Whitney Houston*
Whitney Houston
April 26
3
5150
Van Halen
July 5
2
Control
Janet Jackson
July 19
1
Winner in You
Patti LaBelle
July 26
5
Top Gun*
soundtrack
August 16
5
True Blue
Madonna
September 27
2
Dancing on the Ceiling
Lionel Richie
October 18
1
Fore!
Huey Lewis and the News
October 25
8
Slippery When Wet*
Bon Jovi
November 11
4
Third Stage
Boston
November 29
7
Bruce Springsteein and the E Street Band Live 75-85
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

* Entered chart at #1

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Number one albums of 1987

Date
Weeks on Top
Album Name
Artist Name
March 7
7
Licensed to Ill
Beastie Boys
April 25
9
Joshua Tree
U2
June 27
11
Whitney
Whitney Houston
September 12
2
La Bamba
Los Lobos - soundtrack
September 26
6
Bad
Michael Jackson
November 7
1
Tunnel of Love
Bruce Springsteen
November 14
18
Dirty Dancing*
soundtrack

* Entered chart at #1

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Number one albums of 1988

Date
Weeks on Top
Album Name
Artist Name
January 16
12
Faith*
George Michael
January 23
2
Tiffany
Tiffany
June 25
4
OU812
Van Halen
July 23
6
Hysteria*
Def Leppard
August 6
5
Appetite for Destruction*
Guns n'Roses
August 20
1
Roll with It
Steve Winwood
August 27
1
Tracy Chapman
Tracy Chapman
October 15
4
New Jersey
Bon Jovi
November 12
6
Rattle and Hum
U2
December 24
4
Giving You the Best Тhat I Got
Anita Baker

* Entered chart at #1

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Number one albums of 1989

Date
Weeks on Top
Album Name
Artist Name
January 21
6
Don't Be Cruel*
Bobby Brown
March 11
5
Electric Youth
Debbie Gibson
April 15
1
Loc-ed After Dark
Ton Loc
April 22
6
Like a Prayer
Madonna
June 3
7
The Raw and the Uncooked
Fine Young Cannibals
July 22
6
Batman
Prince - soundtrack
September 2
1
Repeat Offender
Richard Marx
September 9
2
Hangin' Tough
New Kids on the Block
September 23
8
Girl You Know It's True*
Milli Vanilli
October 7
10
Forever Your Girl*
Paula Adbul
October 14
2
Dr. Feelgood
Motley Crue
October 28
4
Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation
Janet Jackson
December 16
1
Storm Front
Billy Joel

* Entered chart at #1

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