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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 Pretenders, The Clash and Dire Straits.
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11.

Permanent WavesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1980Appears in:164 charts
Rank in 1980:11Rank Score:2,946
Rank in 1980s95Overall Rank:652
Average Rating:  80/100 (277 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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12.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:188 charts
Rank in 1980:12Rank Score:2,945
Rank in 1980s96Overall Rank:653
Average Rating:  78/100 (314 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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13.

Crazy RhythmsUnited States The Feelies
Year of Release:1980Appears in:179 charts
Rank in 1980:13Rank Score:2,771
Rank in 1980s105Overall Rank:682
Average Rating:  80/100 (238 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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14.

Heaven And HellUnited Kingdom Black Sabbath
Year of Release:1980Appears in:126 charts
Rank in 1980:14Rank Score:2,751
Rank in 1980s106Overall Rank:686
Average Rating:  76/100 (249 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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15.

BoyIreland U2
Year of Release:1980Appears in:196 charts
Rank in 1980:15Rank Score:2,704
Rank in 1980s108Overall Rank:699
Average Rating:  75/100 (437 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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16.

Get Happy!!United Kingdom Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Year of Release:1980Appears in:126 charts
Rank in 1980:16Rank Score:2,232
Rank in 1980s128Overall Rank:826
Average Rating:  77/100 (210 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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17.

Ace Of SpadesUnited Kingdom Motörhead
Year of Release:1980Appears in:149 charts
Rank in 1980:17Rank Score:2,122
Rank in 1980s134Overall Rank:872
Average Rating:  78/100 (222 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:2,097
Rank in 1980s137Overall Rank:884
Average Rating:  79/100 (184 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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19.

Zenyatta MondattaUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1980Appears in:160 charts
Rank in 1980:19Rank Score:2,047
Rank in 1980s142Overall Rank:909
Average Rating:  75/100 (274 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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20.

Dirty MindUnited States Prince
Year of Release:1980Appears in:123 charts
Rank in 1980:20Rank Score:1,984
Rank in 1980s145Overall Rank:933
Average Rating:  76/100 (192 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 18 2%
Cabaret Voltaire 4 1%
R. Stevie Moore 3 0%
Tangerine Dream 3 0%
Bunny Wailer 2 0%
Boz Scaggs 2 0%
Gregory Isaacs 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 274 35%
United Kingdom 256 33%
Germany 32 4%
Mixed Nationality 25 3%
Canada 24 3%
Jamaica 22 3%
France 19 2%
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