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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 38,000 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, Pretenders and Dire Straits.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,502 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:47,146
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:39
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,741 votes)
Comments: 143 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,178 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:33,553
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:67
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,534 votes)
Comments: 94 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:977 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:25,238
Rank in 1980s14Overall Rank:100
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,523 votes)
Comments: 114 comments
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4.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:492 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:8,368
Rank in 1980s43Overall Rank:338
Average Rating:  81/100 (571 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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5.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:529 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:7,054
Rank in 1980s50Overall Rank:388
Average Rating:  81/100 (817 votes)
Comments: 43 comments
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6.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:453 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:7,037
Rank in 1980s51Overall Rank:389
Average Rating:  79/100 (669 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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7.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:356 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:5,992
Rank in 1980s62Overall Rank:453
Average Rating:  82/100 (400 votes)
Comments: 17 comments
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8.

PretendersUnited Kingdom Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:349 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:4,623
Rank in 1980s85Overall Rank:573
Average Rating:  79/100 (421 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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9.

Making MoviesUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1980Appears in:286 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:4,393
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:589
Average Rating:  77/100 (419 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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10.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:317 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:4,385
Rank in 1980s88Overall Rank:591
Average Rating:  78/100 (478 votes)
Comments: 25 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%
The Fall 2 0%
U.K. Subs 2 0%
Saxon 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 334 33%
United Kingdom 285 29%
Germany 61 6%
Mixed Nationality 38 4%
Brazil 38 4%
Jamaica 33 3%
Canada 32 3%
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