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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 35,000 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 Rush.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,444 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:45,400
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:40
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,640 votes)
Comments: 131 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,140 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:33,081
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:65
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,467 votes)
Comments: 90 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:940 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:24,857
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:97
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,459 votes)
Comments: 108 comments
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4.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:474 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:8,446
Rank in 1980s41Overall Rank:328
Average Rating:  81/100 (540 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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5.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:506 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:6,886
Rank in 1980s50Overall Rank:384
Average Rating:  81/100 (766 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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6.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:423 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:6,854
Rank in 1980s51Overall Rank:385
Average Rating:  79/100 (640 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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7.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:343 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:5,701
Rank in 1980s63Overall Rank:454
Average Rating:  82/100 (372 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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8.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:333 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:4,395
Rank in 1980s85Overall Rank:573
Average Rating:  79/100 (402 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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9.

Permanent WavesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1980Appears in:285 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:4,269
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:583
Average Rating:  81/100 (416 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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10.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:294 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:4,206
Rank in 1980s88Overall Rank:590
Average Rating:  78/100 (449 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 23 2%
Cabaret Voltaire 4 0%
MFH 3 0%
Tangerine Dream 3 0%
The Blues Band 2 0%
Hawkwind 2 0%
Goombay Dance Band 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 335 34%
United Kingdom 287 29%
Germany 57 6%
Mixed Nationality 40 4%
Brazil 40 4%
Jamaica 34 3%
Canada 32 3%
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