It's finally here, well it will be shortly, the top 100 best selling albums of the 1980s. This is designed to compliment the current 80s female thread that the Visitor has been running superbly!
Now before I start I need to make some explanatory remarks.
I've seen at least 5 different lists in this respect all with their various faults and anomolies. So I decided to try to do my own based on figures given at the time, certifications, year end positions, market size etc.
I therefore do not present this as the "Official" top 100 best sellers but the best that I can do. Whilst doing research on this topic several things have, to me, become obvious. Firstly, that figures prior to Gallup taking over seem to have been downgraded/ adjusted somehow. Upon Gallup taking over they seem to cast doubt over the whole BMRB era in their article in the 15th Jan 83 issue even enough to state that the best selling album of 1982, as we know it, was in fact NOT!
I am very aware of the other decade end charts that I have seen including the MRIB one up to 9-12-89 but I have concluded this has to be incorrect. The fact it is MRIB means, as I understand it, it had a different sample base and I recall this being presented in "Number One" magazine at the time (which also carried the Network charts and had different Y/E charts to Gallup which might explain the differences).
In conclusion this is in the most part from my own calculations though I do refer to other estimates on Y/E charts I have seen over the years so thanks to all who posted who once again I cannot recall. Apols to anyone I inadvertantly copied.
I'm sure by the time I am through you'll decide for yourself how correct or otherwise you consider it.
I should add where I have specified a Y/E position I have taken out all compilation albums so that as direct a comparision to the 90s can be drawn as possible. Obviously the peak positions remain the same (otherwise that would alter chart history) but for the purpose of Y/E positions and indeed decade end positions these have been omitted.
The charts covered by this survey are 12.01.80- 06.01.90 for clarities sake.
Also with regards to certifications these are tricky, albums are under certified, over certified and indeed multiple certifications were not shown in the weekly MW (or it's equivalent) until the mid 80s so it's a guessing game of sorts....though having said that i'm fairly confident of my figures 84-89......anyway enjoy
If we can avoid posting any spoilers etc it would greatly increase the enjoyment of the thread