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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 The Clash.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:769 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:24,886
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:56
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (863 votes)
Comments: 72 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:686 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:22,848
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:64
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (831 votes)
Comments: 61 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:616 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:18,867
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:82
Average Rating:  79/100 (906 votes)
Comments: 72 comments
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4.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:266 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:5,837
Rank in 1980s39Overall Rank:295
Average Rating:  80/100 (320 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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5.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:232 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:4,024
Rank in 1980s59Overall Rank:421
Average Rating:  80/100 (366 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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6.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:222 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:3,927
Rank in 1980s61Overall Rank:433
Average Rating:  78/100 (365 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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7.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:172 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:3,404
Rank in 1980s68Overall Rank:488
Average Rating:  80/100 (194 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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8.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:199 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:3,146
Rank in 1980s73Overall Rank:522
Average Rating:  78/100 (254 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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9.

Making MoviesUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1980Appears in:146 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:2,841
Rank in 1980s82Overall Rank:573
Average Rating:  76/100 (217 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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10.

Sandinista!United Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1980Appears in:157 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:2,841
Rank in 1980s83Overall Rank:574
Average Rating:  75/100 (283 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 9 2%
Cabaret Voltaire 3 1%
Yes 2 0%
Heart 2 0%
The Blues Band 2 0%
Art Ensemble Of Chicago 2 0%
Deep Purple 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 210 35%
United Kingdom 209 35%
Germany 22 4%
Canada 21 4%
Australia 19 3%
Mixed Nationality 16 3%
Italy 14 2%
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