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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 23,000 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 Clash, The Pretenders and Dire Straits.
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11.

Permanent WavesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1980Appears in:157 charts
Rank in 1980:11Rank Score:2,949
Rank in 1980s94Overall Rank:638
Average Rating:  81/100 (264 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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12.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:181 charts
Rank in 1980:12Rank Score:2,877
Rank in 1980s96Overall Rank:651
Average Rating:  78/100 (305 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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13.

Crazy RhythmsUnited States The Feelies
Year of Release:1980Appears in:174 charts
Rank in 1980:13Rank Score:2,773
Rank in 1980s99Overall Rank:666
Average Rating:  80/100 (232 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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14.

BoyIreland U2
Year of Release:1980Appears in:189 charts
Rank in 1980:14Rank Score:2,716
Rank in 1980s104Overall Rank:680
Average Rating:  75/100 (422 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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15.

Heaven And HellUnited Kingdom Black Sabbath
Year of Release:1980Appears in:117 charts
Rank in 1980:15Rank Score:2,612
Rank in 1980s110Overall Rank:704
Average Rating:  76/100 (244 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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16.

Get Happy!!United Kingdom Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Year of Release:1980Appears in:125 charts
Rank in 1980:16Rank Score:2,218
Rank in 1980s127Overall Rank:817
Average Rating:  77/100 (203 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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17.

Ace Of SpadesUnited Kingdom Motörhead
Year of Release:1980Appears in:147 charts
Rank in 1980:17Rank Score:2,134
Rank in 1980s133Overall Rank:846
Average Rating:  78/100 (216 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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18.

Sound AffectsUnited Kingdom The Jam
Year of Release:1980Appears in:130 charts
Rank in 1980:18Rank Score:2,058
Rank in 1980s138Overall Rank:873
Average Rating:  79/100 (179 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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19.

Zenyatta MondattaUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1980Appears in:157 charts
Rank in 1980:19Rank Score:1,947
Rank in 1980s145Overall Rank:928
Average Rating:  75/100 (265 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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20.

Dirty MindUnited States Prince
Year of Release:1980Appears in:116 charts
Rank in 1980:20Rank Score:1,887
Rank in 1980s152Overall Rank:959
Average Rating:  76/100 (187 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 18 2%
Cabaret Voltaire 4 1%
Tangerine Dream 3 0%
Ry Cooder 2 0%
Whitesnake 2 0%
Queen 2 0%
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 266 35%
United Kingdom 251 33%
Germany 32 4%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Canada 24 3%
Jamaica 22 3%
Italy 18 2%
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