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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 26,000 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:1,069 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:33,361
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:51
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,244 votes)
Comments: 103 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:896 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:27,679
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:66
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,166 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:762 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:22,068
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:91
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,187 votes)
Comments: 92 comments
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4.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:363 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:7,755
Rank in 1980s37Overall Rank:291
Average Rating:  81/100 (444 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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5.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:348 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:5,392
Rank in 1980s57Overall Rank:408
Average Rating:  81/100 (583 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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6.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:320 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:5,237
Rank in 1980s58Overall Rank:415
Average Rating:  78/100 (514 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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7.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:252 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:4,565
Rank in 1980s65Overall Rank:463
Average Rating:  82/100 (283 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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8.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:270 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:3,706
Rank in 1980s79Overall Rank:560
Average Rating:  78/100 (336 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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9.

Sandinista!United Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1980Appears in:219 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:3,359
Rank in 1980s88Overall Rank:613
Average Rating:  75/100 (406 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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10.

Making MoviesUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1980Appears in:202 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:3,275
Rank in 1980s93Overall Rank:635
Average Rating:  77/100 (320 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 21 3%
Cabaret Voltaire 4 0%
Tangerine Dream 3 0%
R. Stevie Moore 3 0%
Yes 2 0%
Linton Kwesi Johnson 2 0%
Xynn 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 290 36%
United Kingdom 268 33%
Germany 37 5%
Mixed Nationality 28 3%
Canada 25 3%
Jamaica 23 3%
France 19 2%
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