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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 18,000 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 The Clash.
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11.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:159 charts
Rank in 1980:11Rank Score:2,641
Rank in 1980s93Overall Rank:621
Average Rating:  78/100 (227 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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12.

Crazy RhythmsUnited States The Feelies
Year of Release:1980Appears in:151 charts
Rank in 1980:12Rank Score:2,524
Rank in 1980s96Overall Rank:646
Average Rating:  79/100 (198 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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13.

Heaven And HellUnited Kingdom Black Sabbath
Year of Release:1980Appears in:102 charts
Rank in 1980:13Rank Score:2,464
Rank in 1980s98Overall Rank:659
Average Rating:  76/100 (190 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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14.

Permanent WavesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1980Appears in:128 charts
Rank in 1980:14Rank Score:2,343
Rank in 1980s103Overall Rank:681
Average Rating:  80/100 (203 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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15.

BoyIreland U2
Year of Release:1980Appears in:165 charts
Rank in 1980:15Rank Score:2,140
Rank in 1980s119Overall Rank:753
Average Rating:  75/100 (346 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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16.

Get Happy!!United Kingdom Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Year of Release:1980Appears in:103 charts
Rank in 1980:16Rank Score:2,044
Rank in 1980s126Overall Rank:782
Average Rating:  77/100 (167 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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17.

Zenyatta MondattaUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1980Appears in:141 charts
Rank in 1980:17Rank Score:1,959
Rank in 1980s130Overall Rank:806
Average Rating:  75/100 (219 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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18.

Colossal YouthUnited Kingdom Young Marble Giants
Year of Release:1980Appears in:127 charts
Rank in 1980:18Rank Score:1,901
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:821
Average Rating:  79/100 (133 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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19.

Sound AffectsUnited Kingdom The Jam
Year of Release:1980Appears in:110 charts
Rank in 1980:19Rank Score:1,864
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:840
Average Rating:  78/100 (150 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:1,821
Rank in 1980s140Overall Rank:862
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%
Stiff Little Fingers 2 0%
R. Stevie Moore 2 0%
Ry Cooder 2 0%
Yes 2 0%
Linda Ronstadt 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 214 35%
United Kingdom 211 35%
Germany 22 4%
Canada 21 3%
Australia 19 3%
Mixed Nationality 16 3%
Italy 14 2%
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