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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 30,000 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 The Clash.
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11.

Making MoviesUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1980Appears in:228 charts
Rank in 1980:11Rank Score:3,640
Rank in 1980s92Overall Rank:628
Average Rating:  77/100 (355 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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12.

Permanent WavesCanada Rush
Year of Release:1980Appears in:240 charts
Rank in 1980:12Rank Score:3,578
Rank in 1980s98Overall Rank:640
Average Rating:  81/100 (370 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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13.

Crazy RhythmsUnited States The Feelies
Year of Release:1980Appears in:228 charts
Rank in 1980:13Rank Score:3,443
Rank in 1980s102Overall Rank:661
Average Rating:  79/100 (290 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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14.

Heaven And HellUnited Kingdom Black Sabbath
Year of Release:1980Appears in:164 charts
Rank in 1980:14Rank Score:3,255
Rank in 1980s111Overall Rank:696
Average Rating:  76/100 (330 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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15.

BoyIreland U2
Year of Release:1980Appears in:249 charts
Rank in 1980:15Rank Score:3,080
Rank in 1980s116Overall Rank:735
Average Rating:  75/100 (522 votes)
Comments: 27 comments
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16.

Ace Of SpadesUnited Kingdom Motörhead
Year of Release:1980Appears in:194 charts
Rank in 1980:16Rank Score:2,880
Rank in 1980s123Overall Rank:778
Average Rating:  79/100 (280 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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17.

Get Happy!!United Kingdom Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Year of Release:1980Appears in:166 charts
Rank in 1980:17Rank Score:2,743
Rank in 1980s127Overall Rank:813
Average Rating:  77/100 (249 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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18.

Dirty MindUnited States Prince
Year of Release:1980Appears in:181 charts
Rank in 1980:18Rank Score:2,203
Rank in 1980s154Overall Rank:997
Average Rating:  75/100 (257 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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19.

Zenyatta MondattaUnited Kingdom The Police
Year of Release:1980Appears in:205 charts
Rank in 1980:19Rank Score:2,193
Rank in 1980s157Overall Rank:1,005
Average Rating:  75/100 (336 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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20.

Sound AffectsUnited Kingdom The Jam
Year of Release:1980Appears in:157 charts
Rank in 1980:20Rank Score:2,166
Rank in 1980s161Overall Rank:1,018
Average Rating:  79/100 (224 votes)
Comments: 5 comments
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Best Albums of 1980 composition

Artist Albums %


Various Artists 24 3%
Cabaret Voltaire 4 0%
R. Stevie Moore 3 0%
MFH 3 0%
Tangerine Dream 3 0%
Yes 2 0%
Status Quo 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 324 34%
United Kingdom 294 31%
Germany 49 5%
Mixed Nationality 34 4%
Italy 29 3%
Canada 28 3%
Jamaica 28 3%
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