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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 37,000 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 Dire Straits.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,495 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:46,690
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:40
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,706 votes)
Comments: 141 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,174 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:33,431
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:67
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,513 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:969 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:25,349
Rank in 1980s14Overall Rank:101
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,499 votes)
Comments: 113 comments
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4.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:486 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:8,442
Rank in 1980s42Overall Rank:333
Average Rating:  81/100 (556 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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5.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:522 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:6,999
Rank in 1980s49Overall Rank:387
Average Rating:  81/100 (794 votes)
Comments: 43 comments
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6.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:448 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:6,956
Rank in 1980s51Overall Rank:389
Average Rating:  79/100 (659 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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7.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:349 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:5,935
Rank in 1980s64Overall Rank:457
Average Rating:  82/100 (391 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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8.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:348 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:4,659
Rank in 1980s83Overall Rank:565
Average Rating:  79/100 (413 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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9.

Making MoviesUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1980Appears in:282 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:4,398
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:587
Average Rating:  77/100 (413 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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10.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:312 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:4,371
Rank in 1980s88Overall Rank:591
Average Rating:  78/100 (471 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 22 2%
Cabaret Voltaire 4 0%
Joseph Keilberth / Bayreuth Festival Choir & Orchestra 3 0%
Tangerine Dream 3 0%
Grotesk 2 0%
Goombay Dance Band 2 0%
Heart 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 331 33%
United Kingdom 286 29%
Germany 60 6%
Brazil 42 4%
Mixed Nationality 38 4%
Jamaica 32 3%
Canada 31 3%
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