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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 20,000 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:851 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:27,232
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:53
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (966 votes)
Comments: 82 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:734 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:24,174
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:64
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (927 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:663 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:19,547
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:86
Average Rating:  79/100 (986 votes)
Comments: 76 comments
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4.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:293 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:6,579
Rank in 1980s38Overall Rank:281
Average Rating:  81/100 (358 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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5.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:263 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:4,309
Rank in 1980s59Overall Rank:421
Average Rating:  80/100 (412 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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6.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:250 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:4,225
Rank in 1980s60Overall Rank:425
Average Rating:  78/100 (411 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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7.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:191 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:3,750
Rank in 1980s69Overall Rank:473
Average Rating:  81/100 (217 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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8.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:210 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:3,166
Rank in 1980s78Overall Rank:557
Average Rating:  78/100 (277 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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9.

Making MoviesUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1980Appears in:168 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:3,021
Rank in 1980s82Overall Rank:577
Average Rating:  76/100 (255 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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10.

Sandinista!United Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1980Appears in:175 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:3,001
Rank in 1980s84Overall Rank:581
Average Rating:  76/100 (320 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 13 2%
Cabaret Voltaire 3 0%
Heart 2 0%
The Blues Band 2 0%
Queen 2 0%
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 2 0%
The Cure 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 220 34%
United Kingdom 215 34%
Germany 26 4%
Canada 21 3%
Mixed Nationality 19 3%
Australia 18 3%
France 18 3%
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