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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 33,000 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:1,367 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:43,121
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:41
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,567 votes)
Comments: 126 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,092 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:32,052
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:64
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,420 votes)
Comments: 89 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:910 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:24,215
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:98
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,412 votes)
Comments: 103 comments
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4.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:459 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:8,402
Rank in 1980s41Overall Rank:320
Average Rating:  81/100 (524 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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5.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:481 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:6,619
Rank in 1980s50Overall Rank:385
Average Rating:  81/100 (734 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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6.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:403 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:6,563
Rank in 1980s51Overall Rank:387
Average Rating:  79/100 (619 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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7.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:323 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:5,291
Rank in 1980s65Overall Rank:473
Average Rating:  82/100 (357 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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8.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:322 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:4,131
Rank in 1980s86Overall Rank:590
Average Rating:  79/100 (390 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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9.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:282 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:4,077
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:595
Average Rating:  78/100 (430 votes)
Comments: 24 comments
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10.

Permanent WavesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1980Appears in:270 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:4,029
Rank in 1980s88Overall Rank:606
Average Rating:  81/100 (405 votes)
Comments: 21 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%
Stiff Little Fingers 2 0%
Status Quo 2 0%
Wishbone Ash 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 341 34%
United Kingdom 286 29%
Germany 56 6%
Brazil 40 4%
Mixed Nationality 38 4%
Jamaica 34 3%
Canada 30 3%
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