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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 19,000 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, The Cure, Peter Gabriel, The Pretenders and Dire Straits.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:833 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:26,694
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:52
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (930 votes)
Comments: 81 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:719 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:23,730
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:63
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (898 votes)
Comments: 64 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:649 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:19,258
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:84
Average Rating:  79/100 (955 votes)
Comments: 73 comments
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4.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:282 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:6,209
Rank in 1980s39Overall Rank:288
Average Rating:  80/100 (343 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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5.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:259 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:4,452
Rank in 1980s57Overall Rank:403
Average Rating:  80/100 (398 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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6.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:242 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:4,163
Rank in 1980s60Overall Rank:424
Average Rating:  78/100 (392 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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7.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:186 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:3,619
Rank in 1980s69Overall Rank:475
Average Rating:  81/100 (207 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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8.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:211 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:3,165
Rank in 1980s77Overall Rank:545
Average Rating:  78/100 (266 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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9.

Making MoviesUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1980Appears in:163 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:3,008
Rank in 1980s82Overall Rank:573
Average Rating:  75/100 (240 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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10.

Sandinista!United Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1980Appears in:170 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:2,991
Rank in 1980s84Overall Rank:578
Average Rating:  76/100 (309 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 13 2%
Cabaret Voltaire 3 0%
Kevin Coyne 2 0%
The Clash 2 0%
Linda Ronstadt 2 0%
REO Speedwagon 2 0%
R. Stevie Moore 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 219 35%
United Kingdom 213 34%
Germany 25 4%
Canada 21 3%
Mixed Nationality 19 3%
France 18 3%
Australia 18 3%
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