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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 29,000 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:1,207 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:37,812
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:44
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,380 votes)
Comments: 111 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:998 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:30,208
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:62
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,282 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:823 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:23,087
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:95
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,293 votes)
Comments: 94 comments
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4.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:408 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:8,235
Rank in 1980s38Overall Rank:300
Average Rating:  81/100 (479 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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5.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:416 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:6,199
Rank in 1980s50Overall Rank:381
Average Rating:  81/100 (651 votes)
Comments: 39 comments
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6.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:359 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:6,103
Rank in 1980s53Overall Rank:384
Average Rating:  79/100 (563 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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7.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:285 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:4,646
Rank in 1980s69Overall Rank:494
Average Rating:  81/100 (312 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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8.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:291 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:3,828
Rank in 1980s86Overall Rank:583
Average Rating:  79/100 (365 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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9.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:236 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:3,743
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:599
Average Rating:  78/100 (370 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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10.

Sandinista!United Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1980Appears in:245 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:3,620
Rank in 1980s89Overall Rank:617
Average Rating:  75/100 (441 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 25 3%
Cabaret Voltaire 4 0%
MFH 3 0%
Tangerine Dream 3 0%
R. Stevie Moore 3 0%
Dolly Parton 2 0%
Yes 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 319 33%
United Kingdom 292 30%
Brazil 49 5%
Germany 47 5%
Mixed Nationality 36 4%
Jamaica 28 3%
Italy 27 3%
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