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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 15,000 greatest album charts.

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1980 year summaryThe best artists of 1980 were Talking Heads, Joy Division, AC/DC, Dead Kennedys, The Cure, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, The Pretenders, Dire Straits and Peter Gabriel.
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1.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:672 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:21,977
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:59
Average Rating: 85/100 (751 votes)
Comments: 65 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:614 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:20,912
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:64
Average Rating: 85/100 (744 votes)
Comments: 54 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:546 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:17,284
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:79
Average Rating: 79/100 (804 votes)
Comments: 64 comments
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Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:246 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:5,680
Rank in 1980s38Overall Rank:275
Average Rating: 80/100 (285 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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5.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:179 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:3,663
Rank in 1980s59Overall Rank:418
Average Rating: 80/100 (318 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:3,480
Rank in 1980s63Overall Rank:437
Average Rating: 78/100 (317 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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7.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:162 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:2,764
Rank in 1980s72Overall Rank:533
Average Rating: 78/100 (221 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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8.

Making MoviesUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1980Appears in:120 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:2,670
Rank in 1980s75Overall Rank:550
Average Rating: 76/100 (183 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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9.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:130 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:2,642
Rank in 1980s78Overall Rank:556
Average Rating: 80/100 (165 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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10.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:132 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:2,549
Rank in 1980s82Overall Rank:580
Average Rating: 78/100 (192 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 5 1%
Cabaret Voltaire 3 1%
The Cure 2 0%
The Blues Band 2 0%
Queen 2 0%
Black Sabbath 2 0%
Yes 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 188 36%
United States 188 36%
Canada 20 4%
Germany 19 4%
Italy 14 3%
Australia 14 3%
Mixed Nationality 12 2%
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