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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 24,000 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:986 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:31,399
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:51
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,151 votes)
Comments: 97 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:842 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:26,548
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:65
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,083 votes)
Comments: 76 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:727 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:21,124
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:89
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,121 votes)
Comments: 87 comments
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4.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:336 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:7,340
Rank in 1980s39Overall Rank:288
Average Rating:  81/100 (415 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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5.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:318 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:5,223
Rank in 1980s56Overall Rank:393
Average Rating:  80/100 (519 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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6.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:307 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:5,089
Rank in 1980s58Overall Rank:403
Average Rating:  78/100 (473 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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7.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:226 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:4,407
Rank in 1980s64Overall Rank:453
Average Rating:  82/100 (257 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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8.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:249 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:3,527
Rank in 1980s77Overall Rank:545
Average Rating:  78/100 (316 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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9.

Sandinista!United Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1980Appears in:209 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:3,407
Rank in 1980s83Overall Rank:580
Average Rating:  75/100 (377 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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10.

Making MoviesUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1980Appears in:187 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:3,136
Rank in 1980s92Overall Rank:627
Average Rating:  77/100 (298 votes)
Comments: 11 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%
Boz Scaggs 2 0%
Kevin Coyne 2 0%
The Blues Brothers 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 276 35%
United Kingdom 260 33%
Germany 32 4%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Canada 24 3%
Jamaica 22 3%
Italy 19 2%
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