Top Albums of 1980

RankAll Time
ArtistAlbumGenresBuy from
1 32 Talking Heads Remain in Light New Wave
2 41 Joy Division Closer Post-Punk
3 97 AC/DC Back in Black Hard Rock
4 168 Pretenders Pretenders New Wave
5 291 Bruce Springsteen The River Heartland Rock, Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
6 348 Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables Hardcore Punk
7 388 Dexys Midnight Runners Searching for the Young Soul Rebels Blue Eyed Soul, New Wave, Pop Rock
8 430 The Clash Sandinista! Punk Rock
9 451 David Bowie Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) Art Rock, Pop Rock
10 452 Prince Dirty Mind Pop Rock, Synth Funk
11 460 X Los Angeles Punk Rock
12 485 Elvis Costello and The Attractions Get Happy!! New Wave, Pop Rock
13 510 The Feelies Crazy Rhythms New Wave, Post-Punk
14 567 Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel (III) Art Rock
15 575 Motörhead Ace of Spades Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
16 602 Young Marble Giants Colossal Youth Post-Punk
17 620 The Jam Sound Affects Mod Revival, New Wave, Post-Punk
18 656 The Cure Seventeen Seconds Gothic Rock, Post-Punk
19 759 The Cramps Songs the Lord Taught Us Garage Punk, Psychobilly
20 902 Echo and the Bunnymen Crocodiles Post-Punk
21 923 Fehlfarben Monarchie und Alltag Neue Deutsche Welle, Post-Punk
22 934 U2 Boy Post-Punk
23 939 The Soft Boys Underwater Moonlight Jangle Pop, Neo-Psychedelia
24 1113 Killing Joke Killing Joke Post-Punk
25 1117 The Police Zenyatta Mondatta New Wave, Pop Rock
26 1157 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden NWOBHM
27 1168 The Specials More Specials 2 Tone
28 1220 Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
29 1229 Diana Ross Diana Disco
30 1231 The Beat I Just Can't Stop It 2 Tone, New Wave
31 1258 John Lennon & Yoko Ono Double Fantasy Pop Rock
32 1259 The Teardrop Explodes Kilimanjaro New Wave, Post-Punk
33 1332 Magazine The Correct Use of Soap New Wave, Post-Punk
34 1406 Adam and The Ants Kings of the Wild Frontier New Wave
35 1412 Judas Priest British Steel Heavy Metal
36 1482 Bauhaus In the Flat Field Gothic Rock, Post-Punk
37 1554 Dire Straits Making Movies Pop Rock
38 1627 Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band Doc at the Radar Station Art Rock, Experimental Rock
39 1782 XTC Black Sea Pop Rock, Post-Punk
40 1791 Linton Kwesi Johnson Bass Culture Dub Poetry
41 1846 Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
42 1967 UB40 Signing Off Reggae
43 1999 Steely Dan Gaucho Jazz-Rock, Pop Rock
44 2003 Tom Waits Heartattack and Vine Blues Rock, Singer/Songwriter
45 2096 Bob Marley and The Wailers Uprising Roots Reggae
46 2220 Suicide Alan Vega/Martin Rev - Suicide Synth Punk, Synthpop
47 2245 Stevie Wonder Hotter Than July Pop Soul
48 2258 Rockpile Seconds of Pleasure Power Pop, Pub Rock
49 2379 Steve Winwood Arc of a Diver Pop Rock
50 2472 Ultravox Vienna New Romantic, Synthpop
51 2505 Pete Townshend Empty Glass Pop Rock
52 2549 The Residents Commercial Album Art Pop, Satire
53 2673 The Jacksons Triumph Pop Soul, Synth Funk
54 2680 The Blues Brothers The Blues Brothers Film Soundtrack, Rhythm & Blues
55 2697 Squeeze Argybargy Power Pop
56 2792 Mink DeVille Le Chat Bleu Pop Rock
57 2825 Half Japanese 1/2 Gentlemen / Not Beasts Experimental Rock, Noise Rock, Punk Rock
58 2865 The B-52's Wild Planet New Wave
59 2966 The Sound Jeopardy Post-Punk

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