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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 26,000 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 Cure, The Pretenders and The Clash.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,095 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:34,348
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:49
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,264 votes)
Comments: 105 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:912 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:28,170
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:65
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,185 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:776 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:22,343
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:90
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,210 votes)
Comments: 94 comments
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4.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:367 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:7,861
Rank in 1980s37Overall Rank:290
Average Rating:  81/100 (448 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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5.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:356 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:5,436
Rank in 1980s55Overall Rank:408
Average Rating:  81/100 (596 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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6.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:321 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:5,244
Rank in 1980s58Overall Rank:420
Average Rating:  78/100 (518 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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7.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:257 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:4,626
Rank in 1980s65Overall Rank:463
Average Rating:  82/100 (289 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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8.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:273 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:3,739
Rank in 1980s80Overall Rank:565
Average Rating:  78/100 (341 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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9.

Sandinista!United Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1980Appears in:225 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:3,500
Rank in 1980s88Overall Rank:605
Average Rating:  75/100 (413 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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10.

Making MoviesUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1980Appears in:206 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:3,323
Rank in 1980s92Overall Rank:632
Average Rating:  77/100 (321 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 22 3%
Cabaret Voltaire 4 0%
R. Stevie Moore 3 0%
Tangerine Dream 3 0%
Linton Kwesi Johnson 2 0%
Nurse With Wound 2 0%
Teena Marie 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 290 35%
United Kingdom 277 33%
Germany 38 5%
Mixed Nationality 30 4%
Canada 25 3%
Jamaica 24 3%
France 19 2%
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