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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 19,000 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 The Clash.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:812 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:25,958
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:55
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (913 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:710 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:23,486
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:63
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (879 votes)
Comments: 63 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:634 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:18,887
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:84
Average Rating:  79/100 (942 votes)
Comments: 72 comments
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4.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:279 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:6,184
Rank in 1980s39Overall Rank:285
Average Rating:  80/100 (331 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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5.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:252 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:4,297
Rank in 1980s57Overall Rank:410
Average Rating:  80/100 (395 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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6.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:239 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:4,158
Rank in 1980s59Overall Rank:421
Average Rating:  78/100 (384 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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7.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:184 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:3,572
Rank in 1980s68Overall Rank:477
Average Rating:  81/100 (205 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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8.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:205 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:3,183
Rank in 1980s74Overall Rank:533
Average Rating:  78/100 (261 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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9.

Sandinista!United Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1980Appears in:170 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:3,002
Rank in 1980s80Overall Rank:565
Average Rating:  76/100 (300 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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10.

Making MoviesUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1980Appears in:159 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:2,914
Rank in 1980s86Overall Rank:585
Average Rating:  75/100 (235 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 12 2%
Cabaret Voltaire 3 0%
Teena Marie 2 0%
REO Speedwagon 2 0%
The Clash 2 0%
Nurse With Wound 2 0%
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 218 35%
United Kingdom 213 34%
Germany 25 4%
Canada 21 3%
Australia 19 3%
Mixed Nationality 18 3%
France 17 3%
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