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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 30,000 greatest album charts.

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1980 year summaryThe best artists of 1980 were Talking Heads, Joy Division, AC/DC, Dead Kennedys, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, 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:1,235 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:38,403
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:45
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,412 votes)
Comments: 113 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,013 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:30,272
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:64
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,309 votes)
Comments: 79 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:841 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:23,494
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:95
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,322 votes)
Comments: 94 comments
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4.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:422 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:8,433
Rank in 1980s38Overall Rank:295
Average Rating:  81/100 (492 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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5.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:375 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:6,399
Rank in 1980s49Overall Rank:375
Average Rating:  79/100 (575 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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6.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:432 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:6,273
Rank in 1980s51Overall Rank:384
Average Rating:  81/100 (663 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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7.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:299 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:4,833
Rank in 1980s69Overall Rank:487
Average Rating:  81/100 (319 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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8.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:297 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:3,939
Rank in 1980s85Overall Rank:582
Average Rating:  79/100 (366 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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9.

Sandinista!United Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1980Appears in:251 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:3,787
Rank in 1980s88Overall Rank:603
Average Rating:  75/100 (451 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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10.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:249 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:3,744
Rank in 1980s89Overall Rank:610
Average Rating:  78/100 (384 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 24 2%
Cabaret Voltaire 4 0%
Tangerine Dream 3 0%
R. Stevie Moore 3 0%
MFH 3 0%
Utopia 2 0%
Borbetomagus 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 324 34%
United Kingdom 294 31%
Germany 49 5%
Mixed Nationality 34 4%
Jamaica 30 3%
Italy 29 3%
Canada 28 3%
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