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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, Peter Gabriel, The Cure, The Pretenders and The Clash.
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11.

Crazy RhythmsUnited States The Feelies
Year of Release:1980Appears in:203 charts
Rank in 1980:11Rank Score:3,248
Rank in 1980s95Overall Rank:641
Average Rating:  79/100 (264 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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12.

Permanent WavesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1980Appears in:190 charts
Rank in 1980:12Rank Score:3,241
Rank in 1980s96Overall Rank:645
Average Rating:  80/100 (316 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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13.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:207 charts
Rank in 1980:13Rank Score:3,183
Rank in 1980s99Overall Rank:655
Average Rating:  78/100 (342 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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14.

Heaven And HellUnited Kingdom Black Sabbath
Year of Release:1980Appears in:144 charts
Rank in 1980:14Rank Score:2,970
Rank in 1980s109Overall Rank:699
Average Rating:  76/100 (286 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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15.

BoyIreland U2
Year of Release:1980Appears in:216 charts
Rank in 1980:15Rank Score:2,774
Rank in 1980s118Overall Rank:743
Average Rating:  75/100 (476 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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16.

Ace Of SpadesUnited Kingdom Motörhead
Year of Release:1980Appears in:167 charts
Rank in 1980:16Rank Score:2,576
Rank in 1980s125Overall Rank:798
Average Rating:  78/100 (246 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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17.

Get Happy!!United Kingdom Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Year of Release:1980Appears in:145 charts
Rank in 1980:17Rank Score:2,473
Rank in 1980s128Overall Rank:828
Average Rating:  76/100 (225 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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18.

Dirty MindUnited States Prince
Year of Release:1980Appears in:143 charts
Rank in 1980:18Rank Score:2,110
Rank in 1980s150Overall Rank:957
Average Rating:  76/100 (225 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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19.

Zenyatta MondattaUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1980Appears in:178 charts
Rank in 1980:19Rank Score:2,110
Rank in 1980s151Overall Rank:958
Average Rating:  75/100 (309 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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20.

Sound AffectsUnited Kingdom The Jam
Year of Release:1980Appears in:138 charts
Rank in 1980:20Rank Score:2,067
Rank in 1980s154Overall Rank:971
Average Rating:  79/100 (205 votes)
Comments: 5 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%
Severed Heads 2 0%
U.K. Subs 2 0%
Boz Scaggs 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 289 35%
United Kingdom 276 33%
Germany 38 5%
Mixed Nationality 30 4%
Canada 25 3%
Jamaica 24 3%
France 19 2%
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