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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 25,000 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, Peter Gabriel, The Cure, The Pretenders and The Clash.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,033 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:32,716
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:51
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,207 votes)
Comments: 100 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:873 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:27,202
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:65
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,136 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:750 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:21,901
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:88
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,162 votes)
Comments: 90 comments
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4.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:354 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:7,720
Rank in 1980s38Overall Rank:286
Average Rating:  81/100 (434 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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5.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:335 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:5,308
Rank in 1980s56Overall Rank:400
Average Rating:  80/100 (557 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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6.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:315 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:5,144
Rank in 1980s58Overall Rank:413
Average Rating:  78/100 (498 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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7.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:240 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:4,516
Rank in 1980s65Overall Rank:460
Average Rating:  82/100 (273 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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8.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:262 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:3,719
Rank in 1980s77Overall Rank:541
Average Rating:  78/100 (329 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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9.

Sandinista!United Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1980Appears in:213 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:3,347
Rank in 1980s86Overall Rank:606
Average Rating:  75/100 (398 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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10.

Making MoviesUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1980Appears in:196 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:3,153
Rank in 1980s94Overall Rank:638
Average Rating:  77/100 (311 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 2%
Cabaret Voltaire 4 0%
Tangerine Dream 3 0%
R. Stevie Moore 3 0%
The Blues Brothers 2 0%
Linton Kwesi Johnson 2 0%
The Babys 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 286 35%
United Kingdom 265 33%
Germany 36 4%
Mixed Nationality 27 3%
Canada 25 3%
Jamaica 22 3%
France 19 2%
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