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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 14,000 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, Pretenders, The Clash and Dire Straits.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Remain in LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:622 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:20,675
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:60
Average Rating: 86/100 (707 votes)
Comments: 63 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:577 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:19,940
Rank in 1980s9Overall Rank:64
Average Rating: 85/100 (690 votes)
Comments: 50 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:515 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:16,761
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:78
Average Rating: 79/100 (762 votes)
Comments: 61 comments
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4.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:223 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:5,291
Rank in 1980s38Overall Rank:279
Average Rating: 81/100 (261 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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5.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:154 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:3,312
Rank in 1980s60Overall Rank:428
Average Rating: 80/100 (291 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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6.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:166 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:3,211
Rank in 1980s65Overall Rank:446
Average Rating: 78/100 (297 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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7.

PretendersUnited Kingdom Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:151 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:2,703
Rank in 1980s72Overall Rank:517
Average Rating: 79/100 (205 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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8.

Sandinista!United Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1980Appears in:125 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:2,533
Rank in 1980s79Overall Rank:548
Average Rating: 75/100 (221 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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9.

Making MoviesUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1980Appears in:107 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:2,522
Rank in 1980s80Overall Rank:553
Average Rating: 76/100 (167 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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10.

Permanent WavesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1980Appears in:113 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:2,450
Rank in 1980s81Overall Rank:569
Average Rating: 79/100 (163 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 5 1%
The Blues Brothers 2 0%
The Babys 2 0%
Queen 2 0%
The Cure 2 0%
The Blues Band 2 0%
Gregory Isaacs 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 180 37%
United States 175 36%
Germany 19 4%
Canada 19 4%
Jamaica 15 3%
Australia 13 3%
Italy 13 3%
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