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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, Peter Gabriel, The Cure, Pretenders and Dire Straits.
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RankAlbumArtist
1.

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,535 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:47,828
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:39
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,775 votes)
Comments: 148 comments
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2.

CloserUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,198 charts
Rank in 1980:2Rank Score:33,954
Rank in 1980s8Overall Rank:67
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,558 votes)
Comments: 96 comments
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3.

Back In BlackAustralia AC/DC
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,000 charts
Rank in 1980:3Rank Score:25,502
Rank in 1980s14Overall Rank:100
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,538 votes)
Comments: 114 comments
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4.

Fresh Fruit For Rotting VegetablesUnited States Dead Kennedys
Year of Release:1980Appears in:512 charts
Rank in 1980:4Rank Score:8,508
Rank in 1980s43Overall Rank:336
Average Rating:  81/100 (584 votes)
Comments: 33 comments
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5.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)United Kingdom David Bowie
Year of Release:1980Appears in:547 charts
Rank in 1980:5Rank Score:7,090
Rank in 1980s50Overall Rank:388
Average Rating:  81/100 (835 votes)
Comments: 43 comments
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6.

The RiverUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1980Appears in:461 charts
Rank in 1980:6Rank Score:7,068
Rank in 1980s51Overall Rank:390
Average Rating:  79/100 (682 votes)
Comments: 32 comments
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7.

Peter Gabriel IIIUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
Year of Release:1980Appears in:376 charts
Rank in 1980:7Rank Score:6,158
Rank in 1980s63Overall Rank:449
Average Rating:  82/100 (414 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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8.

PretendersUnited Kingdom Pretenders
Year of Release:1980Appears in:359 charts
Rank in 1980:8Rank Score:4,633
Rank in 1980s86Overall Rank:576
Average Rating:  79/100 (431 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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9.

Making MoviesUnited Kingdom Dire Straits
Year of Release:1980Appears in:294 charts
Rank in 1980:9Rank Score:4,489
Rank in 1980s87Overall Rank:590
Average Rating:  78/100 (432 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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10.

Seventeen SecondsUnited Kingdom The Cure
Year of Release:1980Appears in:321 charts
Rank in 1980:10Rank Score:4,386
Rank in 1980s89Overall Rank:596
Average Rating:  78/100 (491 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%
Throbbing Gristle 2 0%
McCoy Tyner 2 0%
The Fall 2 0%
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Country Albums %


United States 335 34%
United Kingdom 283 28%
Germany 60 6%
Brazil 38 4%
Mixed Nationality 35 4%
Canada 33 3%
Jamaica 33 3%
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