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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 23,000 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 Clash, The Pretenders and Dire Straits.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:956 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:30,456
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:50
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,103 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:820 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:26,137
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:65
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,042 votes)
Comments: 74 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:711 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:20,859
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:87
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,083 votes)
Comments: 85 comments
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4.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:324 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:7,115
Rank in 1980s39Overall Rank:284
Average Rating:  81/100 (399 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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5.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:316 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:5,182
Rank in 1980s56Overall Rank:387
Average Rating:  81/100 (504 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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6.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:294 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:4,920
Rank in 1980s58Overall Rank:405
Average Rating:  78/100 (458 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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7.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:212 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:4,071
Rank in 1980s69Overall Rank:473
Average Rating:  81/100 (245 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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8.

Sandinista!United Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1980Appears in:201 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:3,365
Rank in 1980s80Overall Rank:569
Average Rating:  75/100 (362 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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9.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:242 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:3,363
Rank in 1980s81Overall Rank:570
Average Rating:  78/100 (307 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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10.

Making MoviesUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1980Appears in:184 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:3,154
Rank in 1980s88Overall Rank:606
Average Rating:  77/100 (285 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 18 2%
Cabaret Voltaire 4 1%
Tangerine Dream 3 0%
R. Stevie Moore 3 0%
Hawkwind 2 0%
Witchfynde 2 0%
REO Speedwagon 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 272 35%
United Kingdom 255 33%
Germany 32 4%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Canada 24 3%
Jamaica 22 3%
France 19 2%
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