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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 28,000 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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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,167 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:36,434
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:48
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,348 votes)
Comments: 109 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:975 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:29,507
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:64
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,257 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:808 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:22,819
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:93
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,257 votes)
Comments: 94 comments
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4.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:398 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:8,079
Rank in 1980s38Overall Rank:299
Average Rating:  81/100 (467 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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5.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:389 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:5,948
Rank in 1980s52Overall Rank:389
Average Rating:  81/100 (635 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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6.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:339 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:5,584
Rank in 1980s56Overall Rank:410
Average Rating:  79/100 (548 votes)
Comments: 26 comments
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7.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:276 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:4,631
Rank in 1980s69Overall Rank:486
Average Rating:  81/100 (305 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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8.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:285 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:3,799
Rank in 1980s84Overall Rank:576
Average Rating:  78/100 (358 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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9.

Sandinista!United Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1980Appears in:237 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:3,592
Rank in 1980s88Overall Rank:609
Average Rating:  75/100 (430 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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10.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:226 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:3,416
Rank in 1980s94Overall Rank:640
Average Rating:  78/100 (360 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 23 3%
Cabaret Voltaire 4 0%
Tangerine Dream 3 0%
R. Stevie Moore 3 0%
MFH 3 0%
Saxon 2 0%
Magazine 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 305 34%
United Kingdom 291 32%
Germany 41 5%
Mixed Nationality 32 4%
Jamaica 27 3%
Canada 25 3%
Italy 22 2%
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