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Best Albums of 1980

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Listed below are the greatest albums of 1980 as calculated from their overall rankings in over 24,000 greatest album charts.

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1980 year summaryThe best artists of 1980 were Talking Heads, Joy Division, AC/DC, Dead Kennedys, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, The Cure, The Pretenders and The Clash.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,004 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:32,049
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:48
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,176 votes)
Comments: 99 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:853 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:26,763
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:65
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,105 votes)
Comments: 76 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:730 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:21,217
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:89
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,140 votes)
Comments: 89 comments
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4.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:346 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:7,506
Rank in 1980s38Overall Rank:286
Average Rating:  81/100 (425 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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5.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:323 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:5,247
Rank in 1980s56Overall Rank:396
Average Rating:  81/100 (533 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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6.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:313 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:5,183
Rank in 1980s58Overall Rank:399
Average Rating:  78/100 (489 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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7.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:234 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:4,475
Rank in 1980s63Overall Rank:451
Average Rating:  82/100 (263 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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8.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:253 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:3,542
Rank in 1980s78Overall Rank:559
Average Rating:  78/100 (320 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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9.

Sandinista!United Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1980Appears in:211 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:3,349
Rank in 1980s86Overall Rank:594
Average Rating:  75/100 (385 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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10.

Making MoviesUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1980Appears in:189 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:3,163
Rank in 1980s91Overall Rank:625
Average Rating:  77/100 (305 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 18 2%
Cabaret Voltaire 4 1%
R. Stevie Moore 3 0%
Tangerine Dream 3 0%
Utopia 2 0%
Cockney Rejects 2 0%
Linda Ronstadt 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 282 36%
United Kingdom 261 33%
Germany 32 4%
Canada 25 3%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Jamaica 22 3%
Italy 19 2%
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