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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 19,000 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 Dire Straits.
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11.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:161 charts
Rank in 1980:11Rank Score:2,653
Rank in 1980s94Overall Rank:627
Average Rating:  78/100 (234 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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12.

Crazy RhythmsUnited States The Feelies
Year of Release:1980Appears in:152 charts
Rank in 1980:12Rank Score:2,628
Rank in 1980s95Overall Rank:629
Average Rating:  80/100 (202 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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13.

Heaven And HellUnited Kingdom Black Sabbath
Year of Release:1980Appears in:101 charts
Rank in 1980:13Rank Score:2,455
Rank in 1980s98Overall Rank:663
Average Rating:  76/100 (195 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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14.

Permanent WavesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1980Appears in:129 charts
Rank in 1980:14Rank Score:2,378
Rank in 1980s102Overall Rank:678
Average Rating:  80/100 (205 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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15.

BoyIreland U2
Year of Release:1980Appears in:164 charts
Rank in 1980:15Rank Score:2,148
Rank in 1980s119Overall Rank:759
Average Rating:  75/100 (352 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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16.

Get Happy!!United Kingdom Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Year of Release:1980Appears in:105 charts
Rank in 1980:16Rank Score:2,060
Rank in 1980s124Overall Rank:780
Average Rating:  77/100 (171 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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17.

Colossal YouthUnited Kingdom Young Marble Giants
Year of Release:1980Appears in:132 charts
Rank in 1980:17Rank Score:1,982
Rank in 1980s130Overall Rank:807
Average Rating:  79/100 (138 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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18.

Zenyatta MondattaUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1980Appears in:140 charts
Rank in 1980:18Rank Score:1,899
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:835
Average Rating:  75/100 (222 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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19.

Sound AffectsUnited Kingdom The Jam
Year of Release:1980Appears in:112 charts
Rank in 1980:19Rank Score:1,876
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:845
Average Rating:  78/100 (155 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
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20.

Ace Of SpadesUnited Kingdom Motörhead
Year of Release:1980Appears in:121 charts
Rank in 1980:20Rank Score:1,822
Rank in 1980s142Overall Rank:880
Average Rating:  77/100 (181 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 10 2%
Cabaret Voltaire 3 0%
Heart 2 0%
Saxon 2 0%
The Residents 2 0%
Magazine 2 0%
The Fall 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 216 35%
United Kingdom 211 35%
Germany 22 4%
Canada 21 3%
Australia 19 3%
Mixed Nationality 16 3%
Italy 15 2%
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