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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 32,000 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 Dire Straits.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,289 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:40,255
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:42
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,473 votes)
Comments: 120 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,054 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:31,317
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:63
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,352 votes)
Comments: 85 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:876 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:23,479
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:98
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,370 votes)
Comments: 100 comments
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4.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:434 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:8,273
Rank in 1980s41Overall Rank:317
Average Rating:  81/100 (509 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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5.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:388 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:6,529
Rank in 1980s50Overall Rank:380
Average Rating:  79/100 (594 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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6.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:459 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:6,458
Rank in 1980s51Overall Rank:384
Average Rating:  81/100 (690 votes)
Comments: 41 comments
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7.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:309 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:5,061
Rank in 1980s66Overall Rank:478
Average Rating:  82/100 (332 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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8.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:311 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:4,134
Rank in 1980s83Overall Rank:572
Average Rating:  79/100 (377 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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9.

Making MoviesUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1980Appears in:245 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:3,947
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:599
Average Rating:  77/100 (371 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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10.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:265 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:3,806
Rank in 1980s90Overall Rank:615
Average Rating:  78/100 (402 votes)
Comments: 23 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 26 3%
Cabaret Voltaire 4 0%
Tangerine Dream 3 0%
MFH 3 0%
The Residents 2 0%
Wishbone Ash 2 0%
Herbie Hancock 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 340 34%
United Kingdom 295 29%
Germany 55 5%
Mixed Nationality 36 4%
Jamaica 34 3%
Brazil 29 3%
Italy 29 3%
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