Top Albums of 1980





Rank All Time Rank Artist Album Genres
1
34
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
159
Pretenders Pretenders New Wave
5
283
Bruce Springsteen The River Heartland Rock, Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter
6
374
Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables Hardcore Punk
7
416
Dexys Midnight Runners Searching for the Young Soul Rebels Blue Eyed Soul, New Wave
8
442
The Clash Sandinista! Punk Rock
9
458
Prince Dirty Mind Pop Rock, Synth Funk
10
482
David Bowie Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) Art Rock, Pop Rock
11
507
X Los Angeles Punk Rock
12
519
Elvis Costello and The Attractions Get Happy!! New Wave, Pop Rock
13
541
The Feelies Crazy Rhythms New Wave, Post-Punk
14
608
Young Marble Giants Colossal Youth Post-Punk
15
611
Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel (III) Art Rock
16
643
The Cure Seventeen Seconds Gothic Rock, Post-Punk
17
645
Motörhead Ace of Spades Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
18
692
The Jam Sound Affects Mod Revival, New Wave, Post-Punk
19
851
The Cramps Songs the Lord Taught Us Garage Punk, Psychobilly
20
996
Echo and the Bunnymen Crocodiles Post-Punk
21
1003
U2 Boy Post-Punk
22
1033
The Soft Boys Underwater Moonlight Jangle Pop, Neo-Psychedelia
23
1091
Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
24
1092
Fehlfarben Monarchie und Alltag Neue Deutsche Welle, Post-Punk
25
1180
The Specials More Specials 2 Tone
26
1189
The Police Zenyatta Mondatta New Wave, Pop Rock
27
1205
Killing Joke Killing Joke Post-Punk
28
1271
John Lennon & Yoko Ono Double Fantasy Pop Rock
29
1332
Diana Ross Diana Disco
30
1336
The Beat I Just Can't Stop It 2 Tone, New Wave
31
1392
Judas Priest British Steel Heavy Metal
32
1418
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden NWOBHM
33
1448
The Teardrop Explodes Kilimanjaro New Wave, Post-Punk
34
1472
Magazine The Correct Use of Soap New Wave, Post-Punk
35
1517
Dire Straits Making Movies Pop Rock
36
1594
Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
37
1631
Adam and The Ants Kings of the Wild Frontier New Wave
38
1666
Bauhaus In the Flat Field Gothic Rock, Post-Punk
39
1788
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band Doc at the Radar Station Art Rock, Experimental Rock
40
1883
UB40 Signing Off Reggae
41
1978
Tom Waits Heartattack and Vine Blues Rock, Singer/Songwriter
42
1996
Linton Kwesi Johnson Bass Culture Dub Poetry
43
2042
XTC Black Sea New Wave, Pop Rock, Post-Punk
44
2078
Bob Marley and The Wailers Uprising Roots Reggae
45
2241
The Blues Brothers The Blues Brothers Film Soundtrack, Rhythm & Blues
46
2322
Steely Dan Gaucho Jazz-Rock, Pop Rock
47
2332
Stevie Wonder Hotter Than July Pop Soul
48
2395
Pete Townshend Empty Glass Pop Rock
49
2447
Rockpile Seconds of Pleasure Power Pop, Pub Rock
50
2508
Suicide Alan Vega/Martin Rev - Suicide Synth Punk, Synthpop
51
2554
Rush Permanent Waves Hard Rock, Progressive Rock
52
2559
Steve Winwood Arc of a Diver Pop Rock
53
2684
The Residents Commercial Album Art Pop, Satire
54
2722
Ultravox Vienna New Romantic, Synthpop
55
2897
Half Japanese 1/2 Gentlemen / Not Beasts Experimental Rock, Noise Rock, Punk Rock
56
2923
Squeeze Argybargy Power Pop
57
2928
Cold Chisel East Pub Rock
58
2940
The Jacksons Triumph Pop Soul, Synth Funk
59
2959
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
George Jones I Am What I Am Nashville Sound
The B-52's Wild Planet New Wave
The Sound Jeopardy Post-Punk
John Foxx Metamatic Synthpop
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
Emmylou Harris Roses in the Snow Country
Pat Metheny 80/81 Jazz
The Jim Carroll Band Catholic Boy New Wave
The Fall Grotesque (After the Gramme) Post-Punk
Siouxsie and The Banshees Kaleidoscope Post-Punk
Smokey Robinson Warm Thoughts Soul
Art Ensemble of Chicago Full Force Avant-Garde Jazz
Simple Minds Empires and Dance New Wave, Post-Punk
Nic Jones Penguin Eggs Contemporary Folk, English Folk Music, Singer/Songwriter
Donna Summer The Wanderer Pop Soul
Chic Real People Disco, Funk
James Brown Soul Syndrome Soul
Defunkt Defunkt Jazz-Funk
Black Uhuru Sinsemilla Roots Reggae
Yello Solid Pleasure Experimental, Synthpop
Kate Bush Never for Ever Art Pop
Carla Bley Social Studies Jazz
The Psychedelic Furs The Psychedelic Furs Post-Punk
Swell Maps Jane from Occupied Europe Art Punk, Post-Punk
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