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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 17,000 greatest album charts.

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

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:739 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:24,263
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:54
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (830 votes)
Comments: 69 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:660 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:22,280
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:65
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (804 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:587 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:18,323
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:82
Average Rating:  79/100 (874 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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4.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:254 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:5,628
Rank in 1980s39Overall Rank:294
Average Rating:  80/100 (307 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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5.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:213 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:3,866
Rank in 1980s59Overall Rank:419
Average Rating:  79/100 (349 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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6.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:202 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:3,711
Rank in 1980s61Overall Rank:435
Average Rating:  78/100 (345 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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7.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:153 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:3,224
Rank in 1980s69Overall Rank:495
Average Rating:  80/100 (182 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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8.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:189 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:3,109
Rank in 1980s71Overall Rank:515
Average Rating:  78/100 (242 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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9.

Making MoviesUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1980Appears in:135 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:2,807
Rank in 1980s79Overall Rank:555
Average Rating:  75/100 (203 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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10.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:147 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:2,686
Rank in 1980s85Overall Rank:584
Average Rating:  77/100 (210 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 6 1%
Cabaret Voltaire 3 1%
The Babys 2 0%
Queen 2 0%
The Cure 2 0%
Linda Ronstadt 2 0%
Whitesnake 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 205 36%
United States 200 35%
Germany 21 4%
Canada 21 4%
Australia 16 3%
Italy 14 2%
Mixed Nationality 13 2%
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