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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 16,000 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, Peter Gabriel, The Pretenders and Dire Straits.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:715 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:23,734
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:55
Average Rating: 85/100 (804 votes)
Comments: 69 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:645 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:21,847
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:63
Average Rating: 85/100 (785 votes)
Comments: 57 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:568 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:17,935
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:81
Average Rating: 79/100 (848 votes)
Comments: 66 comments
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4.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:254 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:5,615
Rank in 1980s39Overall Rank:287
Average Rating: 80/100 (302 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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5.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:198 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:3,823
Rank in 1980s59Overall Rank:422
Average Rating: 80/100 (332 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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6.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:190 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:3,449
Rank in 1980s66Overall Rank:458
Average Rating: 78/100 (330 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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7.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:145 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:3,179
Rank in 1980s69Overall Rank:491
Average Rating: 81/100 (177 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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8.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:177 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:2,945
Rank in 1980s74Overall Rank:522
Average Rating: 78/100 (234 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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9.

Making MoviesUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1980Appears in:134 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:2,761
Rank in 1980s77Overall Rank:557
Average Rating: 75/100 (200 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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10.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:143 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:2,662
Rank in 1980s83Overall Rank:580
Average Rating: 78/100 (206 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 6 1%
Cabaret Voltaire 3 1%
Linton Kwesi Johnson 2 0%
Utopia 2 0%
Linda Ronstadt 2 0%
The Clash 2 0%
The Residents 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 190 36%
United Kingdom 189 36%
Germany 20 4%
Canada 20 4%
Australia 15 3%
Italy 14 3%
Mixed Nationality 13 2%
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