List of number-one albums from the 1980s (New Zealand)

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The following lists the number one albums on the New Zealand Albums Chart during the 1980s. The source for this decade is the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand.

1980[edit]

Key
  ‡  – Album of New Zealand origin
Week Title Artist
6 January 1980 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
13 January 1980 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
20 January 1980 The Wall Pink Floyd
27 January 1980
3 February 1980
10 February 1980
17 February 1980
24 February 1980
2 March 1980 True Colours Split Enz
9 March 1980
16 March 1980 The Wall Pink Floyd
23 March 1980
30 March 1980
6 April 1980 Tusk Fleetwood Mac
13 April 1980 Easter holiday - no chart Easter holiday - no chart
20 April 1980 Music by Candlelight Gheorghe Zamfir & Harry van Hoof
27 April 1980
4 May 1980
11 May 1980 Damn the Torpedoes Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
18 May 1980 Music by Candlelight Gheorghe Zamfir & Harry van Hoof
25 May 1980 Damn the Torpedoes Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
1 June 1980
8 June 1980 Space Race Mi-Sex
15 June 1980
22 June 1980
29 June 1980
6 July 1980 Stardust Willie Nelson
13 July 1980
20 July 1980
27 July 1980
3 August 1980
10 August 1980
17 August 1980 Live Rust Neil Young & Crazy Horse
24 August 1980 Flesh + Blood Roxy Music
31 August 1980
7 September 1980 Unmasked Kiss
14 September 1980 Uprising Bob Marley and the Wailers
21 September 1980 Black Sea XTC
28 September 1980 Uprising Bob Marley and the Wailers
5 October 1980
12 October 1980 Scary Monsters David Bowie
19 October 1980
26 September 1980 Paris Supertramp
2 November 1980 Scary Monsters David Bowie
9 November 1980 Guilty Barbra Streisand
16 November 1980
23 November 1980
30 November 1980
7 December 1980
14 December 1980 Greatest Hits Kenny Rogers
21 December 1980
28 December 1980 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
Week Title Artist

1981[edit]

Key
  ‡  – Album of New Zealand origin
Week Title Artist
4 January 1981 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
11 January 1981 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
18 January 1981 Greatest Hits Kenny Rogers
25 January 1981 Chameleon David Bowie
1 February 1981 Anne Murray's Greatest Hits Anne Murray
8 February 1981
15 February 1981
22 February 1981
1 March 1981
8 March 1981
15 March 1981 Double Fantasy John Lennon / Yoko Ono
22 March 1981 Making Waves The Nolans
29 March 1981 Double Fantasy John Lennon / Yoko Ono
5 April 1981
12 April 1981
19 April 1981 Waiata Split Enz
26 April 1981 Easter holiday - no chart Easter holiday - no chart
3 May 1981 Waiata Split Enz
10 May 1981
17 May 1981 Rêveries / Träumereien Richard Clayderman
24 May 1981
31 May 1981 Faith The Cure
7 June 1981
14 June 1981
21 June 1981 Unknown Pleasures Joy Division
28 June 1981 Hard Promises Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
5 July 1981
12 July 1981 Mistaken Identity Kim Carnes
19 July 1981
26 July 1981
2 August 1981 Long Play Album Stars On 45
9 August 1981
16 August 1981
23 August 1981 Pretenders II The Pretenders
30 August 1981 Cliff Richard 1958-1981 Cliff Richard
6 September 1981
13 September 1981 Tattoo You The Rolling Stones
20 September 1981
27 September 1981 Jazzercise Carol O'Halloran
4 October 1981
11 October 1981
18 October 1981
25 October 1981 Hooked on Classics Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
1 November 1981
8 November 1981 Greatest Hits Queen
15 November 1981
22 November 1981
29 November 1981
6 December 1981
13 December 1981 The Simon and Garfunkel Collection Simon & Garfunkel
20 December 1981
27 December 1981 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
Week Title Artist

1982[edit]

Key
  ‡  – Album of New Zealand origin
Week Title Artist
3 January 1982 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
10 January 1982 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
17 January 1982 The Best of Blondie Blondie
24 January 1982
31 January 1982
7 February 1982 Business as Usual Men at Work
14 February 1982
21 February 1982
28 February 1982
7 March 1982
14 March 1982
21 March 1982
28 March 1982 Jump Up! Elton John
4 April 1982
11 April 1982 Business as Usual Men at Work
18 April 1982 Easter holiday - no chart Easter holiday - no chart
25 April 1982 Cool Bananas DD Smash
2 May 1982 Time and Tide Split Enz
9 May 1982
16 May 1982 Greatest Hits Vol. II Anne Murray
23 May 1982 Business as Usual Men at Work
30 May 1982
6 June 1982 Dare The Human League
13 June 1982
20 June 1982
27 June 1982 Avalon Roxy Music
4 July 1982
11 July 1982
18 July 1982 I Love Rock 'n' Roll Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
25 July 1982 Avalon Roxy Music
1 August 1982 Time and Tide Split Enz
8 August 1982 Circus Animals Cold Chisel
15 August 1982 Avalon Roxy Music
22 August 1982 Time and Tide Split Enz
29 August 1982
5 September 1982
12 September 1982 The Lexicon of Love ABC
19 September 1982
26 September 1982
3 October 1982 Love over Gold Dire Straits
10 October 1982
17 October 1982
24 October 1982
31 October 1982
7 November 1982
14 November 1982
21 November 1982
28 November 1982 The Kids From "Fame" The Kids from "Fame"
5 December 1982 Love over Gold Dire Straits
12 December 1982
19 December 1982
26 December 1982 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
Week Title Artist

1983[edit]

Key
  ‡  – Album of New Zealand origin
Week Title Artist
2 January 1983 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
9 January 1983 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
16 January 1983 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
23 January 1983 Enz of an Era Split Enz
30 January 1983
6 February 1983 Primitive Man Icehouse
13 February 1983
20 February 1983
27 February 1983 The Concert in Central Park Simon & Garfunkel
6 March 1983
13 March 1983 Greatest Hits Little River Band
20 March 1983
27 March 1983
3 April 1983
10 April 1983 Easter holiday - no chart Easter holiday - no chart
17 April 1983 Love over Gold Dire Straits
24 April 1983 The Final Cut Pink Floyd
1 May 1983 Let's Dance David Bowie
8 May 1983
15 May 1983
22 May 1983
29 May 1983
5 June 1983 Thriller Michael Jackson
12 June 1983
19 June 1983
26 June 1983
3 July 1983
10 July 1983 Let's Dance David Bowie
17 July 1983 Faster Than the Speed of Night Bonnie Tyler
24 July 1983
31 July 1983
7 August 1983 Synchronicity The Police
14 August 1983
21 August 1983 Escapade Tim Finn
28 August 1983 Synchronicity The Police
4 September 1983 Fantastic Wham!
11 September 1983
18 September 1983
25 September 1983 True Spandau Ballet
2 October 1983 You and Me Both Yazoo
9 October 1983 The Principle of Moments Robert Plant
23 October 1983
30 October 1983
6 November 1983 Labour of Love UB40
13 November 1983
20 November 1983
27 November 1983 Colour by Numbers Culture Club
4 December 1983 Let's Dance David Bowie
11 December 1983
18 December 1983 Seven and the Ragged Tiger Duran Duran
25 December 1983 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
Week Title Artist

1984[edit]

Key
  ‡  – Album of New Zealand origin
Week Title Artist
1 January 1984 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
8 January 1984 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
15 January 1984 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
22 January 1984 An Innocent Man Billy Joel
29 January 1984 Touch Eurythmics
5 February 1984 Rock 'n Soul Part 1 Hall & Oates
12 February 1984 Sparkle in the Rain Simple Minds
19 February 1984
26 February 1984 Under a Blood Red Sky U2
4 March 1984 Maggie Foster and Allen
11 March 1984
18 March 1984 Thriller Michael Jackson
25 March 1984 Easter holiday - no chart Easter holiday - no chart
1 April 1984 Thriller Michael Jackson
8 April 1984
15 April 1984
22 April 1984
6 May 1984
13 May 1984 Into the Gap Thompson Twins
20 May 1984 Can't Slow Down Lionel Richie
27 May 1984 Into the Gap Thompson Twins
3 June 1984
10 June 1984 Footloose Soundtrack
17 June 1984
24 June 1984
1 July 1984
8 July 1984
15 July 1984
22 July 1984
29 July 1984
5 August 1984 An Innocent Man Billy Joel
12 August 1984
19 August 1984 Legend Bob Marley and the Wailers
26 August 1984
2 September 1984
9 September 1984
16 September 1984 Diamond Life Sade
23 September 1984
30 September 1984 1100 Bel Air Place Julio Iglesias
7 October 1984
14 October 1984
21 October 1984
28 October 1984 Heartbeat City The Cars
4 November 1984 The Unforgettable Fire U2
11 November 1984
18 November 1984
25 November 1984 Born in the U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen
2 December 1984 Diamond Life Sade
9 December 1984
16 December 1984 Heartbeat City The Cars
23 December 1984 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
30 December 1984 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
Week Title Artist


1985[edit]

Key
  ‡  – Album of New Zealand origin
Week Title Artist
6 January 1985 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
13 January 1985 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
20 January 1985 Welcome to the Pleasuredome Frankie Goes to Hollywood
27 January 1985
3 February 1985 Make It Big Wham!
10 February 1985 Born in the U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen
17 February 1985
24 February 1985 Alf Alison Moyet
3 March 1985 Born in the U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen
10 March 1985
17 March 1985
24 March 1985
31 March 1985
7 April 1985
14 April Easter holiday - no chart Easter holiday - no chart
21 April 1985 No Jacket Required Phil Collins
28 April 1985 Born in the U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen
5 May 1985
12 May 1985
19 May 1985
26 May 1985
2 June 1985
9 June 1985 Brothers in Arms Dire Straits
16 June 1985
23 June 1985
30 June 1985 Little Creatures Talking Heads
7 July 1985
14 July 1985
21 July 1985 Like a Virgin Madonna
28 July 1985
4 August 1985
11 August 1985 Greatest Hits Billy Joel
18 August 1985
25 August 1985
1 September 1985 Like a Virgin Madonna
8 September 1985
15 September 1985
22 September 1985
29 September 1985
6 October 1985 Reckless Bryan Adams
13 October 1985
20 October 1985
27 October 1985
3 November 1985
10 November 1985
17 November 1985 Afterburner ZZ Top
24 November 1985
1 December 1985
8 December 1985 Brothers in Arms Dire Straits
15 December 1985
22 December 1985 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
29 December 1985 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
Week Title Artist

1986[edit]

Key
  ‡  – Album of New Zealand origin
Week Title Artist
5 January 1986 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
12 January 1986 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
19 January 1986 Brothers in Arms Dire Straits
26 January 1986
2 February 1986
9 February 1986 Here's to Future Days Thompson Twins
16 February 1986
23 February 1986 Brothers in Arms Dire Straits
2 March 1986
9 March 1986
16 March 1986
23 March 1986
30 March 1986
6 April 1986 Easter holiday - no chart Easter holiday - no chart
13 April 1986 Brothers in Arms Dire Straits
20 April 1986
27 April 1986 Island Life Grace Jones
4 May 1986
11 May 1986 Brothers in Arms Dire Straits
18 May 1986 The Broadway Album Barbra Streisand
25 May 1986 Brothers in Arms Dire Straits
1 June 1986
8 June 1986
15 June 1986
22 June 1986 Hunting High and Low A-ha
29 June 1986
6 July 1986 So Peter Gabriel
13 July 1986 True Blue Madonna
20 July 1986
27 July 1986 Street Life: 20 Great Hits Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music
3 August 1986
10 August 1986
17 August 1986 The Final Wham!
24 August 1986
31 August 1986
7 September 1986
14 September 1986
21 September 1986
28 August 1986
5 October 1986 True Stories Talking Heads
12 October 1986
19 October 1986
26 October 1986
2 November 1986
9 November 1986 Invisible Touch Genesis
16 November 1986 True Stories Talking Heads
23 November 1986 Fore! Huey Lewis and the News
30 November 1986 Graceland Paul Simon
7 December 1986
14 December 1986
21 December 1986 Every Breath You Take: The Singles The Police
28 December 1986 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
Week Title Artist

1987[edit]

Key
  ‡  – Album of New Zealand origin
Week Title Artist
4 January 1987 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
11 January 1987 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
18 January 1987 Revenge Eurythmics
25 January 1987
1 February 1987
8 February 1987
15 February 1987
22 February 1987
1 March 1987
8 March 1987
15 March 1987
22 March 1987
29 March 1987 The Joshua Tree U2
5 April 1987 Funky Town Pseudo Echo
12 April 1987
19 April 1987
26 1987 Easter holiday - no chart Easter holiday - no chart
3 May 1987 The Joshua Tree U2
10 May 1987
17 May 1987 Raindancing Alison Moyet
24 May 1987
31 May 1987 Slippery When Wet Bon Jovi
7 June 1987
14 June 1987
21 June 1987
28 June 1987
5 July 1987 Whitney Whitney Houston
12 July 1987
19 July 1987 Slippery When Wet Bon Jovi
26 July 1987
2 August 1987 Solitude Standing Suzanne Vega
9 August 1987
16 August 1987 The Joshua Tree U2
23 August 1987
30 August 1987
6 September 1987
13 September 1987
20 September 1987 Slippery When Wet Bon Jovi
27 September 1987 Bad Michael Jackson
4 October 1987 Dancing with Strangers Chris Rea
11 October 1987 Diesel and Dust Midnight Oil
18 October 1987
25 October 1987
1 November 1987
8 November 1987
15 August 1987
22 November 1987 A Momentary Lapse of Reason Pink Floyd
29 November 1987
6 December 1987 Diesel and Dust Midnight Oil
13 December 1987 A Momentary Lapse of Reason Pink Floyd
20 December 1987 Diesel and Dust Midnight Oil
27 December 1987 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
Week Title Artist

1988[edit]

Key
  ‡  – Album of New Zealand origin
Week Title Artist
3 January 1988 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
10 January 1988 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
17 January 1988 Diesel and Dust Midnight Oil
24 January 1988 A Momentary Lapse of Reason Pink Floyd
31 January 1988
7 February 1988 Man of Colours Icehouse
14 February 1988
21 February 1988 A Momentary Lapse of Reason Pink Floyd
28 February 1988 Dirty Dancing Soundtrack
6 March 1988
13 March 1988
20 March 1988
27 March 1988
3 April 1988
10 April 1988 Easter holiday - no chart Easter holiday - no chart
17 April 1988 The Best of OMD Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
24 April 1988
1 May 1988
8 May 1988
15 May 1988 The Phantom of the Opera Andrew Lloyd Webber
22 May 1988 The Best of OMD Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
29 May 1988 Tiffany Tiffany
5 June 1988
12 June 1988
19 June 1988 Lovesexy Prince
26 June 1988
3 July 1988 The Phantom of the Opera Andrew Lloyd Webber
10 July 1988
17 July 1988 Hysteria Def Leppard
24 July 1988
31 July 1988
7 August 1988 Kick INXS
14 August 1988
21 August 1988 The Phantom of the Opera Andrew Lloyd Webber
28 August 1988
4 September 1988 Kylie Kylie Minogue
11 September 1988
18 September 1988
25 September 1988
2 October 1988
9 October 1988
16 October 1988 Push Bros
23 October 1988 New Jersey Bon Jovi
30 October 1988
6 November 1988 Rattle and Hum U2
13 November 1988
20 November 1988
27 November 1988
4 December 1988
11 December 1988
18 December 1988
25 December 1988 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
Week Title Artist

1989[edit]

Key
  ‡  – Album of New Zealand origin
Week Title Artist
1 January 1989 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
8 January 1989 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
15 January 1989 Rattle and Hum U2
22 January 1989 Greatest Hits Fleetwood Mac
29 January 1989 Barnestorming Jimmy Barnes
5 February 1989
12 February 1989 Cocktail Soundtrack
26 February 1989
5 March 1989 Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman
12 March 1989
19 March 1989
26 March 1989
2 April 1989 Easter holiday - no chart Easter holiday - no chart
9 April 1989 Watermark Enya
16 April 1989
23 April 1989 Union Toni Childs
30 April 1989 Open Up and Say... Ahh! Poison
7 May 1989 Union Toni Childs
14 May 1989 The Premiere Collection Andrew Lloyd Webber
21 May 1989
28 May 1989
4 June 1989 Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses
11 June 1989 A New Flame Simply Red
18 June 1989
25 June 1989
2 July 1989
9 July 1989
16 July 1989
23 July 1989
30 1989 Past Present Clannad
6 August 1989
13 August 1989
20 August 1989
27 August 1989
3 September 1989
10 September 1989 Piano by Candlelight II Carl Doy
17 September 1989
24 September 1989
1 October 1989
8 October 1989 All or Nothing Milli Vanilli
15 October 1989
22 October 1989
29 October 1989 Crossroads Tracy Chapman
5 November 1989
12 November 1989
19 November 1989
26 November 1989
3 December 1989
10 December 1989
17 December 1989 All or Nothing - The US Remix Album Milli Vanilli
24 December 1989 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
31 December 1989 Summer break - no chart Summer break - no chart
Week Title Artist

Notes[edit]

^‡ This album is of New Zealand origin

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