List of best-selling albums of the 1980s in the United Kingdom

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1980s in music in the UK
Number-one singles
Number-one albums
Best-selling singles
Best-selling albums
Summaries and charts
1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984
1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989
19791990
Top 10 singles
1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984
1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989
19791990
 
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Dire Straits had the #1 album of the 1980s with Brothers in Arms.
1980s in music in the UK
Number-one singles
Number-one albums
Best-selling singles
Best-selling albums
Summaries and charts
1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984
1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989
19791990
Top 10 singles
1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984
1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989
19791990

Albums are defined by the Official Charts Company (OCC) as being a type of music release that features more than four tracks and lasts longer than 25 minutes;[1] during the 1980s, sales of albums in the United Kingdom were compiled on behalf by of the British music industry by the British Market Research Bureau (BMRB) until 4 January 1983, after which they were monitored by Gallup.[2]

The biggest-selling album of the 1980s was Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits, which was the first album to sell a million copies on CD.[3] Both Michael Jackson and Madonna had two of the best selling albums of the decade.

Albums[edit]

Best-selling albums of the 1980s in the UK
PositionAlbumArtistRecord label[a]Year[a]Peak on the
UK Albums Chart[a]
1Brothers in ArmsDire StraitsVertigo19851
2BadJackson, MichaelMichael JacksonEpic19871
3ThrillerJackson, MichaelMichael JacksonEpic19821
4Greatest HitsQueenParlophone19811
5KylieMinogue, KylieKylie MinoguePWL19881
6WhitneyHouston, WhitneyWhitney HoustonArista19871
7Tango in the NightFleetwood MacWarner Bros.19871
8No Jacket RequiredCollins, PhilPhil CollinsVirgin19851
9True BlueMadonnaSire19861
10The Joshua TreeU2Island19871
11GracelandSimon, PaulPaul SimonWarner Bros.19861
12Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'ArbyD'Arby, Terence TrentTerence Trent D'ArbyCBS19871
13Popped In Souled OutWet Wet WetThe Precious Organisation19871
14Ten Good ReasonsDonovan, JasonJason DonovanPWL19891
15A New FlameSimply RedWEA19891
16Can't Slow DownRichie, LionelLionel RichieMotown19831
17Like a VirginMadonnaSire19841
18Make It BigWham!Epic19841
19Diamond LifeSadeEpic19842
20Money for NothingDire StraitsVertigo19881
  1. ^ a b c The record labels, years and chart peaks are those given by the OCC.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rules For Chart Eligibility – Albums" (PDF). London: The Official UK Charts Company. January 2007. Archived from the original on 27 June 2007. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Key Dates in the History of the Official UK Charts". The Official UK Charts Company. Archived from the original on 10 January 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Firth, Niall (17 August 2007). "25 years of the CD". Daily Mail (London: Associated Newspapers). Retrieved 9 September 2011. "... Dire Straits' classic album 'Brothers in Arms' was the first CD to sell one million copies ..." 
  4. ^ "Artist Chart History". London: Official Charts Company. 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2011.