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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, 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:1,423 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:45,164
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:40
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,611 votes)
Comments: 127 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,123 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:32,745
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:64
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,442 votes)
Comments: 90 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:931 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:24,617
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:98
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,434 votes)
Comments: 105 comments
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4.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:466 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:8,401
Rank in 1980s41Overall Rank:326
Average Rating:  81/100 (531 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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5.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:415 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:6,774
Rank in 1980s50Overall Rank:383
Average Rating:  79/100 (631 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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6.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:491 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:6,698
Rank in 1980s51Overall Rank:388
Average Rating:  81/100 (756 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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7.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:333 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:5,427
Rank in 1980s66Overall Rank:468
Average Rating:  82/100 (365 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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8.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:332 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:4,258
Rank in 1980s86Overall Rank:582
Average Rating:  79/100 (397 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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9.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:293 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:4,211
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:588
Average Rating:  78/100 (439 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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10.

Permanent WavesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1980Appears in:278 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:4,055
Rank in 1980s89Overall Rank:605
Average Rating:  81/100 (411 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 22 2%
Cabaret Voltaire 4 0%
Tangerine Dream 3 0%
MFH 3 0%
Love Of Life Orchestra 2 0%
Herbie Hancock 2 0%
Black Sabbath 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 340 34%
United Kingdom 285 29%
Germany 55 6%
Brazil 40 4%
Mixed Nationality 39 4%
Jamaica 35 4%
Canada 31 3%
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