Literature The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s  

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A list of the best selling novels in the US during the 1980's as reported by Publishers Weekly. This list ranges from 1980 through 1989. All types of novels have been included and each of them has made it into the top ten. With the introduction of the Nook, Kindle, and iPad with iBooks, reading is hot again. The best selling novels on this list were the most popular books in the United States during the 80's, so you can be sure they're well written and enjoyable (depending, of course, on your preferred literary genre). This list is intended to help long-time readers and newcomers alike with discovering (and rediscovering) some of the best selling novels of all time.
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...And Ladies of the Club is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Year in the Top Ten: 1984

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2010: Odyssey Two is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Arthur C. Clarke - Year in the Top Ten: 1982

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A Perfect Spy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
John le Carré - Year in the Top Ten: 1986

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Alaska is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
James A. Michener - Year in the Top Ten: 1988

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AN INDECENT OBSESSION is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Colleen McCullough - Year in the Top Ten: 1981

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California Gold is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
John Jakes - Year in the Top Ten: 1989

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Caribbean is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
James A. Michener - Year in the Top Ten: 1989

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Changes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Danielle Steel - Year in the Top Ten: 1983

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Christine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Stephen King - Year in the Top Ten: 1983

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Clear and Present Danger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Tom Clancy - Year in the Top Ten: 1989

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Contact is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Carl Sagan - Year in the Top Ten: 1985

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Cujo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Stephen King - Year in the Top Ten: 1981

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Daddy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Danielle Steel - Year in the Top Ten: 1989

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Different Seasons is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Stephen King - Year in the Top Ten: 1982

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E.T., The Extraterrestrial is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Year in the Top Ten: 1982

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Family Album is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Danielle Steel - Year in the Top Ten: 1985

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Fine Things is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Danielle Steel - Year in the Top Ten: 1987

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Firestarter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Stephen King - Year in the Top Ten: 1980

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Full circle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Danielle Steel - Year in the Top Ten: 1984

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Goodbye, Janette is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Harold Robbins - Year in the Top Ten: 1981

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Gorky Park is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Martin Cruz Smith - Year in the Top Ten: 1981

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Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
John Jakes - Year in the Top Ten: 1987

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Hollywood Husbands is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Jackie Collins - Year in the Top Ten: 1986

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Hollywood Wives is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Jackie Collins - Year in the Top Ten: 1983

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I'll Take Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Judith Krantz - Year in the Top Ten: 1986

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If Tomorrow Comes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Sidney Sheldon - Year in the Top Ten: 1985

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It is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Stephen King - Year in the Top Ten: 1986

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Kaleidoscope is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Harry Turtledove, Danielle Steel - Year in the Top Ten: 1987

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Lake Wobegon Days is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Garrison Keillor - Year in the Top Ten: 1985

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Last of the Breed is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Louis L'Amour - Year in the Top Ten: 1986

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Leaving Home is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Art Buchwald - Year in the Top Ten: 1987

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Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Gore Vidal - Year in the Top Ten: 1984

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Love and war is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
John Jakes - Year in the Top Ten: 1984

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Lucky is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Jackie Collins - Year in the Top Ten: 1985

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Masquerade is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Year in the Top Ten: 1981

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Master of the Game is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Sidney Sheldon - Year in the Top Ten: 1982

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Misery is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Stephen King - Year in the Top Ten: 1987

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Mistral's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Judith Krantz - Year in the Top Ten: 1982

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Mitla Pass is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Leon Uris - Year in the Top Ten: 1988

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No time for tears is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Cynthia Freeman - Year in the Top Ten: 1981

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Noble House is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
James Clavell - Year in the Top Ten: 1981

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North and South is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
John Jakes - Year in the Top Ten: 1982

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One is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Richard Bach - Year in the Top Ten: 1988

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Patriot Games is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Tom Clancy - Year in the Top Ten: 1987

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Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Stephen King - Year in the Top Ten: 1983

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Poland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
James A. Michener - Year in the Top Ten: 1983

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Presumed Innocent is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Scott Turow - Year in the Top Ten: 1987

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Princess Daisy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Judith Krantz - Year in the Top Ten: 1980

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Rage of Angels is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Sidney Sheldon - Year in the Top Ten: 1980

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Random Winds is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1980s
Belva Plain - Year in the Top Ten: 1980