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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, 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:784 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:25,100
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:56
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (873 votes)
Comments: 73 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:697 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:23,165
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:62
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (841 votes)
Comments: 62 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:622 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:18,700
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:82
Average Rating:  79/100 (913 votes)
Comments: 72 comments
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4.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:271 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:5,902
Rank in 1980s39Overall Rank:293
Average Rating:  80/100 (321 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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5.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:246 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:4,187
Rank in 1980s58Overall Rank:413
Average Rating:  79/100 (378 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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6.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:228 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:4,026
Rank in 1980s59Overall Rank:422
Average Rating:  78/100 (367 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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7.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:175 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:3,522
Rank in 1980s68Overall Rank:470
Average Rating:  81/100 (199 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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8.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:202 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:3,194
Rank in 1980s73Overall Rank:522
Average Rating:  78/100 (255 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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9.

Sandinista!United Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1980Appears in:158 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:2,845
Rank in 1980s83Overall Rank:580
Average Rating:  75/100 (285 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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10.

Making MoviesUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1980Appears in:149 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:2,830
Rank in 1980s84Overall Rank:582
Average Rating:  75/100 (219 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 10 2%
Cabaret Voltaire 3 0%
Linda Ronstadt 2 0%
Utopia 2 0%
Ry Cooder 2 0%
Boz Scaggs 2 0%
The Blues Brothers 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 214 35%
United Kingdom 211 35%
Germany 22 4%
Canada 21 3%
Australia 19 3%
Mixed Nationality 17 3%
Italy 14 2%
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