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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:725 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:23,882
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:56
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (815 votes)
Comments: 69 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:649 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:21,893
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:64
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (799 votes)
Comments: 57 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:578 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:18,205
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:81
Average Rating:  79/100 (865 votes)
Comments: 66 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:5,655
Rank in 1980s39Overall Rank:288
Average Rating:  80/100 (307 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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5.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:203 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:3,795
Rank in 1980s60Overall Rank:426
Average Rating:  80/100 (338 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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6.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:199 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:3,708
Rank in 1980s62Overall Rank:433
Average Rating:  78/100 (337 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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7.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:148 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:3,207
Rank in 1980s69Overall Rank:489
Average Rating:  81/100 (180 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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8.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:184 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:3,066
Rank in 1980s71Overall Rank:514
Average Rating:  78/100 (237 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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9.

Making MoviesUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1980Appears in:132 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:2,743
Rank in 1980s81Overall Rank:567
Average Rating:  75/100 (201 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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10.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:148 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:2,721
Rank in 1980s82Overall Rank:573
Average Rating:  78/100 (208 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 6 1%
Cabaret Voltaire 3 1%
Art Ensemble Of Chicago 2 0%
Saxon 2 0%
Whitesnake 2 0%
Linda Ronstadt 2 0%
Kevin Coyne 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 196 36%
United Kingdom 192 35%
Germany 20 4%
Canada 20 4%
Australia 16 3%
Italy 14 3%
Mixed Nationality 13 2%
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