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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 37,000 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:1,484 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:46,390
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:40
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,692 votes)
Comments: 139 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,166 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:33,316
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:67
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,505 votes)
Comments: 92 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:960 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:25,287
Rank in 1980s14Overall Rank:101
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,489 votes)
Comments: 112 comments
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4.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:482 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:8,407
Rank in 1980s42Overall Rank:334
Average Rating:  81/100 (549 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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5.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:518 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:6,921
Rank in 1980s50Overall Rank:387
Average Rating:  81/100 (792 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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6.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:443 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:6,921
Rank in 1980s51Overall Rank:388
Average Rating:  79/100 (656 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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7.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:347 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:5,848
Rank in 1980s64Overall Rank:458
Average Rating:  82/100 (387 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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8.

PretendersUnited Kingdom The Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:347 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:4,645
Rank in 1980s82Overall Rank:559
Average Rating:  79/100 (413 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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9.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:311 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:4,376
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:588
Average Rating:  78/100 (469 votes)
Comments: 25 comments
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10.

Permanent WavesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1980Appears in:297 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:4,212
Rank in 1980s91Overall Rank:608
Average Rating:  81/100 (431 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 22 2%
Cabaret Voltaire 4 0%
Joseph Keilberth / Bayreuth Festival Choir & Orchestra 3 0%
Tangerine Dream 3 0%
Xynn 2 0%
Scientist 2 0%
Heart 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 331 33%
United Kingdom 285 29%
Germany 60 6%
Brazil 42 4%
Mixed Nationality 38 4%
Jamaica 32 3%
Canada 31 3%
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