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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 16,000 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:693 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:22,840
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:58
Average Rating: 85/100 (783 votes)
Comments: 66 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:632 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:21,518
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:63
Average Rating: 85/100 (770 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:564 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:17,765
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:81
Average Rating: 79/100 (836 votes)
Comments: 65 comments
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4.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:244 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:5,488
Rank in 1980s39Overall Rank:291
Average Rating: 80/100 (294 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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5.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:192 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:3,783
Rank in 1980s60Overall Rank:418
Average Rating: 80/100 (329 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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6.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:182 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:3,388
Rank in 1980s65Overall Rank:456
Average Rating: 78/100 (322 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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7.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:140 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:2,973
Rank in 1980s72Overall Rank:515
Average Rating: 80/100 (172 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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8.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:174 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:2,884
Rank in 1980s73Overall Rank:524
Average Rating: 78/100 (228 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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9.

Making MoviesUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1980Appears in:130 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:2,700
Rank in 1980s78Overall Rank:563
Average Rating: 76/100 (194 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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10.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:138 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:2,564
Rank in 1980s84Overall Rank:588
Average Rating: 78/100 (201 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 6 1%
Cabaret Voltaire 3 1%
The Babys 2 0%
The Blues Brothers 2 0%
Teena Marie 2 0%
The Cure 2 0%
Queen 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 192 36%
United Kingdom 188 35%
Germany 20 4%
Canada 20 4%
Australia 15 3%
Italy 14 3%
Mixed Nationality 13 2%
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