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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 18,000 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, The Cure, 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:757 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:24,664
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:54
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (853 votes)
Comments: 70 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:669 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:22,264
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:65
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (817 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:601 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:18,567
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:82
Average Rating:  79/100 (892 votes)
Comments: 71 comments
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4.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:260 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:5,749
Rank in 1980s39Overall Rank:297
Average Rating:  80/100 (314 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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5.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:226 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:3,984
Rank in 1980s58Overall Rank:419
Average Rating:  79/100 (359 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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6.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:214 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:3,812
Rank in 1980s60Overall Rank:432
Average Rating:  78/100 (356 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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7.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:163 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:3,276
Rank in 1980s68Overall Rank:498
Average Rating:  80/100 (184 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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8.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:196 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:3,133
Rank in 1980s72Overall Rank:521
Average Rating:  78/100 (249 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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9.

Making MoviesUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1980Appears in:141 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:2,815
Rank in 1980s79Overall Rank:571
Average Rating:  76/100 (208 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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10.

Sandinista!United Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1980Appears in:151 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:2,809
Rank in 1980s81Overall Rank:574
Average Rating:  75/100 (277 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 7 1%
Cabaret Voltaire 3 1%
Heart 2 0%
Stiff Little Fingers 2 0%
Linda Ronstadt 2 0%
Utopia 2 0%
Deep Purple 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 207 36%
United States 204 35%
Germany 21 4%
Canada 21 4%
Australia 17 3%
Mixed Nationality 14 2%
Italy 14 2%
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