Top Albums of 1980





Rank All Time Rank Artist Album Genres
1
35
Talking Heads Remain in Light New Wave, Post-Punk
2
45
Joy Division Closer Post-Punk
3
110
AC/DC Back in Black Hard Rock
4
160
Pretenders Pretenders New Wave
5
287
Bruce Springsteen The River Heartland Rock, Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
6
378
Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables Hardcore Punk
7
421
Dexys Midnight Runners Searching for the Young Soul Rebels Blue Eyed Soul, New Wave
8
450
The Clash Sandinista! Punk Rock
9
461
Prince Dirty Mind Pop Rock, Synth Funk
10
489
David Bowie Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) Art Rock, Pop Rock
11
510
X Los Angeles Punk Rock
12
518
Elvis Costello and The Attractions Get Happy!! New Wave, Pop Rock
13
547
The Feelies Crazy Rhythms New Wave, Post-Punk
14
608
Young Marble Giants Colossal Youth Post-Punk
15
617
Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel (III) Art Rock
16
643
Motörhead Ace of Spades Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
17
644
The Cure Seventeen Seconds Gothic Rock, Post-Punk
18
690
The Jam Sound Affects Mod Revival, New Wave, Post-Punk
19
854
The Cramps Songs the Lord Taught Us Garage Punk, Psychobilly
20
1001
Echo and the Bunnymen Crocodiles Post-Punk
21
1010
U2 Boy Post-Punk
22
1029
The Soft Boys Underwater Moonlight Jangle Pop, Neo-Psychedelia
23
1051
Fehlfarben Monarchie und Alltag Neue Deutsche Welle, Post-Punk
24
1077
Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
25
1170
The Specials More Specials 2 Tone
26
1187
The Police Zenyatta Mondatta New Wave, Pop Rock
27
1202
Killing Joke Killing Joke Post-Punk
28
1279
John Lennon & Yoko Ono Double Fantasy Pop Rock
29
1312
The Beat I Just Can't Stop It 2 Tone, New Wave
30
1315
Diana Ross Diana Disco
31
1387
Judas Priest British Steel Heavy Metal
32
1412
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden NWOBHM
33
1436
The Teardrop Explodes Kilimanjaro New Wave, Post-Punk
34
1474
Magazine The Correct Use of Soap New Wave, Post-Punk
35
1518
Dire Straits Making Movies Pop Rock
36
1592
Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
37
1623
Adam and The Ants Kings of the Wild Frontier New Wave
38
1658
Bauhaus In the Flat Field Gothic Rock, Post-Punk
39
1790
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band Doc at the Radar Station Art Rock, Experimental Rock
40
1910
UB40 Signing Off Reggae
41
1976
Tom Waits Heartattack and Vine Blues Rock, Singer/Songwriter
42
1994
Linton Kwesi Johnson Bass Culture Dub Poetry
43
2022
XTC Black Sea New Wave, Pop Rock, Post-Punk
44
2029
Bob Marley and The Wailers Uprising Roots Reggae
45
2281
Steely Dan Gaucho Jazz-Rock, Pop Rock
46
2331
Stevie Wonder Hotter Than July Pop Soul
47
2417
Pete Townshend Empty Glass Pop Rock
48
2467
Rockpile Seconds of Pleasure Power Pop, Pub Rock
49
2481
Suicide Alan Vega/Martin Rev - Suicide Synth Punk, Synthpop
50
2530
Steve Winwood Arc of a Diver Pop Rock
51
2533
Rush Permanent Waves Hard Rock, Progressive Rock
52
2565
The Blues Brothers The Blues Brothers Film Soundtrack, Rhythm & Blues
53
2713
The Residents Commercial Album Art Pop, Satire
54
2718
Ultravox Vienna New Romantic, Synthpop
55
2864
The Jacksons Triumph Pop Soul, Synth Funk
56
2882
Half Japanese 1/2 Gentlemen / Not Beasts Experimental Rock, Noise Rock, Punk Rock
57
2920
Squeeze Argybargy Power Pop
58
2948
Cold Chisel East Pub Rock
59
2964
David Murray Ming Avant-Garde Jazz

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
The Undertones Hypnotised Pop Punk
Mink DeVille Le Chat Bleu Pop Rock
The B-52's Wild Planet New Wave
George Jones I Am What I Am Nashville Sound
John Foxx Metamatic Synthpop
The Sound Jeopardy Post-Punk
Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Joan Jett/Bad Reputation Garage Rock, Hard Rock
Ramones End of the Century Punk Rock
Nacha Pop Nacha Pop New Wave, Pop Rock
Devo Freedom of Choice New Wave
Durutti Column The Return of The Durutti Column Art Rock, Post-Punk
Madness Absolutely 2 Tone, Pop
Tuxedomoon Half Mute Experimental Rock, Post-Punk
Barbra Streisand Guilty Adult Contemporary
Pat Metheny 80/81 Jazz
Emmylou Harris Roses in the Snow Country
Siouxsie and The Banshees Kaleidoscope Post-Punk
The Fall Grotesque (After the Gramme) Post-Punk
The Jim Carroll Band Catholic Boy New Wave
Smokey Robinson Warm Thoughts Soul
Simple Minds Empires and Dance New Wave, Post-Punk
Art Ensemble of Chicago Full Force Avant-Garde Jazz
Nic Jones Penguin Eggs Contemporary Folk, English Folk Music, Singer/Songwriter
Donna Summer The Wanderer Pop Soul
Black Uhuru Sinsemilla Roots Reggae
Chic Real People Disco, Funk
James Brown Soul Syndrome Soul
Defunkt Defunkt Jazz-Funk
Yello Solid Pleasure Experimental, Synthpop
Kate Bush Never for Ever Art Pop
Swell Maps Jane from Occupied Europe Art Punk, Post-Punk
The Psychedelic Furs The Psychedelic Furs Post-Punk
Carla Bley Social Studies Jazz
Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids Art Pop, New Romantic
Harold Budd and Brian Eno Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror Ambient
Wipers Is This Real? Punk Rock
Colin Newman A-Z Post-Punk
Robert Nighthawk Live on Maxwell Street 1964/And This Is Maxwell Street Blues