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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 22,000 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 Pretenders, The Clash and Dire Straits.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:910 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:29,026
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:50
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,039 votes)
Comments: 88 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:781 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:25,187
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:64
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (988 votes)
Comments: 73 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:690 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:20,412
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:86
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,033 votes)
Comments: 83 comments
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4.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:308 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:6,887
Rank in 1980s38Overall Rank:281
Average Rating:  81/100 (372 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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5.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:298 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:4,880
Rank in 1980s56Overall Rank:398
Average Rating:  80/100 (462 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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6.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:275 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:4,354
Rank in 1980s60Overall Rank:430
Average Rating:  78/100 (433 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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7.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:210 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:4,117
Rank in 1980s63Overall Rank:452
Average Rating:  81/100 (230 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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8.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:231 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:3,334
Rank in 1980s77Overall Rank:553
Average Rating:  78/100 (292 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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9.

Making MoviesUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1980Appears in:187 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:3,266
Rank in 1980s80Overall Rank:561
Average Rating:  77/100 (271 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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10.

Sandinista!United Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1980Appears in:190 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:3,248
Rank in 1980s82Overall Rank:567
Average Rating:  76/100 (339 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 13 2%
Cabaret Voltaire 4 1%
Dolly Parton 2 0%
Heart 2 0%
The Fall 2 0%
Magazine 2 0%
Warren Zevon 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 257 35%
United Kingdom 242 33%
Germany 28 4%
Canada 24 3%
Jamaica 21 3%
Mixed Nationality 19 3%
Australia 18 2%
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