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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 36,000 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:1,474 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:45,988
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:40
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,665 votes)
Comments: 136 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,159 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:33,204
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:65
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,483 votes)
Comments: 92 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:954 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:24,971
Rank in 1980s14Overall Rank:101
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,471 votes)
Comments: 112 comments
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4.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:478 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:8,391
Rank in 1980s42Overall Rank:334
Average Rating:  81/100 (543 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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5.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:512 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:6,938
Rank in 1980s49Overall Rank:386
Average Rating:  81/100 (776 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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6.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:435 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:6,937
Rank in 1980s50Overall Rank:387
Average Rating:  79/100 (649 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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7.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:345 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:5,791
Rank in 1980s63Overall Rank:455
Average Rating:  81/100 (378 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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8.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:345 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:4,703
Rank in 1980s80Overall Rank:548
Average Rating:  79/100 (407 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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9.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:308 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:4,376
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:582
Average Rating:  78/100 (459 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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10.

Making MoviesUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1980Appears in:268 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:4,213
Rank in 1980s89Overall Rank:599
Average Rating:  77/100 (405 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 22 2%
Cabaret Voltaire 4 0%
Tangerine Dream 3 0%
MFH 3 0%
Joseph Keilberth / Bayreuth Festival Choir & Orchestra 3 0%
Devo 2 0%
Scientist 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 332 33%
United Kingdom 287 29%
Germany 59 6%
Brazil 41 4%
Mixed Nationality 40 4%
Jamaica 32 3%
Canada 30 3%
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