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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 31,000 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 Rush.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,269 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:39,631
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:42
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,448 votes)
Comments: 117 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,035 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:30,808
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:63
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,334 votes)
Comments: 81 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:853 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:23,233
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:99
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,350 votes)
Comments: 96 comments
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4.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:432 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:8,247
Rank in 1980s41Overall Rank:313
Average Rating:  81/100 (501 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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5.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:382 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:6,422
Rank in 1980s50Overall Rank:381
Average Rating:  79/100 (589 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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6.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:450 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:6,387
Rank in 1980s51Overall Rank:383
Average Rating:  81/100 (682 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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7.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:305 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:4,846
Rank in 1980s69Overall Rank:496
Average Rating:  81/100 (327 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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8.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:304 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:4,095
Rank in 1980s83Overall Rank:572
Average Rating:  79/100 (370 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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9.

Permanent WavesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1980Appears in:252 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:3,779
Rank in 1980s89Overall Rank:616
Average Rating:  81/100 (376 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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10.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:260 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:3,774
Rank in 1980s90Overall Rank:617
Average Rating:  78/100 (392 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 25 3%
Cabaret Voltaire 4 0%
Tangerine Dream 3 0%
R. Stevie Moore 3 0%
MFH 3 0%
Stiff Little Fingers 2 0%
Status Quo 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 336 34%
United Kingdom 297 30%
Germany 53 5%
Mixed Nationality 36 4%
Jamaica 33 3%
Italy 29 3%
Canada 28 3%
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