AOTY 2018

1980 Album Releases

1980
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Oct 8
Talking Heads - Remain in Light
Talking Heads
Remain in Light
98
critic score
(5)
92
user score
(493)
Jul 18
Joy Division - Closer
Joy Division
Closer
95
critic score
(4)
91
user score
(423)
Sep 12
David Bowie - Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)
David Bowie
Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)
90
critic score
(3)
85
user score
(201)
Jul 25
AC/DC - Back in Black
AC/DC
Back in Black
93
critic score
(3)
79
user score
(149)
Oct 8
Prince - Dirty Mind
Prince
Dirty Mind
99
critic score
(6)
86
user score
(119)
Sep 2
Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
Dead Kennedys
Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
88
critic score
(4)
86
user score
(93)
Oct 17
Bruce Springsteen - The River
Bruce Springsteen
The River
90
critic score
(3)
86
user score
(78)
Apr 18
The Cure - Seventeen Seconds
The Cure
Seventeen Seconds
71
critic score
(4)
79
user score
(75)
Oct 20
U2 - Boy
U2
Boy
77
critic score
(6)
79
user score
(69)
Sep 5
Kate Bush - Never For Ever
Kate Bush
Never For Ever
60
critic score
(1)
84
user score
(68)
Jun 27
Queen - The Game
Queen
The Game
78
critic score
(4)
73
user score
(61)
Apr 14
Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden
83
critic score
(3)
78
user score
(60)
Oct 1
Bauhaus - In the Flat Field
Bauhaus
In the Flat Field
86
critic score
(2)
84
user score
(59)
Dec 12
The Clash - Sandinista!
The Clash
Sandinista!
75
critic score
(2)
77
user score
(59)
Apr 1
The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms
The Feelies
Crazy Rhythms
100
critic score
(1)
86
user score
(55)
Feb 1
Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth
Young Marble Giants
Colossal Youth
91
critic score
(8)
87
user score
(42)
Apr 1
X - Los Angeles
X
Los Angeles
100
critic score
(1)
84
user score
(40)
Apr 25
Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell
Black Sabbath
Heaven and Hell
78
critic score
(4)
79
user score
(39)
Apr 1
Brian Eno & Harold Budd - Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror
Brian Eno & Harold Budd
Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror
82
critic score
(2)
80
user score
(36)
Jan 1
Rush - Permanent Waves
Rush
Permanent Waves
90
critic score
(1)
76
user score
(31)
Sep 1
Tom Waits - Heartattack and Vine
Tom Waits
Heartattack and Vine
75
critic score
(3)
79
user score
(31)
Nov 8
Motörhead - Ace of Spades
Motörhead
Ace of Spades
95
critic score
(2)
85
user score
(31)
Apr 14
Judas Priest - British Steel
Judas Priest
British Steel
73
critic score
(3)
79
user score
(30)
Oct 3
The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta
The Police
Zenyatta Mondatta
100
critic score
(2)
76
user score
(28)
Jul 18
Echo & the Bunnymen - Crocodiles
Echo & the Bunnymen
Crocodiles
86
critic score
(4)
81
user score
(27)
Nov 28
The Jam - Sound Affects
The Jam
Sound Affects
90
critic score
(3)
80
user score
(27)
Nov 1
The Sound - Jeopardy
The Sound
Jeopardy
90
critic score
(1)
86
user score
(26)
May 23
Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel
90
critic score
(2)
84
user score
(25)
Jun 20
The Rolling Stones - Emotional Rescue
The Rolling Stones
Emotional Rescue
70
critic score
(2)
71
user score
(24)
Jun 23
Bob Dylan - Saved
Bob Dylan
Saved
48
critic score
(3)
43
user score
(24)
Aug 1
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Kaleidoscope
Siouxsie and the Banshees
Kaleidoscope
90
critic score
(1)
84
user score
(23)
Feb 4
Ramones - End of the Century
Ramones
End of the Century
68
critic score
(3)
70
user score
(22)
Feb 5
The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
The Cure
Boys Don't Cry
80
critic score
(2)
86
user score
(22)
May 9
Grace Jones - Warm Leatherette
Grace Jones
Warm Leatherette
88
critic score
(2)
86
user score
(22)
Jun 28
The Soft Boys - Underwater Moonlight
The Soft Boys
Underwater Moonlight
95
critic score
(3)
83
user score
(22)
Sep 12
XTC - Black Sea
XTC
Black Sea
91
critic score
(2)
89
user score
(22)
Jan 19
Wipers - Is This Real?
Wipers
Is This Real?
80
critic score
(1)
80
user score
(21)
May 16
Paul McCartney - McCartney II
Paul McCartney
McCartney II
71
critic score
(6)
67
user score
(21)
May 14
Devo - Freedom of Choice
Devo
Freedom of Choice
65
critic score
(2)
79
user score
(20)
Nov 3
ABBA - Super Trouper
ABBA
Super Trouper
60
critic score
(2)
77
user score
(20)
Oct 17
Dire Straits - Making Movies
Dire Straits
Making Movies
85
critic score
(2)
77
user score
(19)
Aug 1
Captain Beefheart - Doc at the Radar Station
Captain Beefheart
Doc at the Radar Station
90
critic score
(1)
82
user score
(18)
Sep 20
Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz
Ozzy Osbourne
Blizzard of Ozz
85
critic score
(2)
84
user score
(18)
Jan 1
Suicide - Suicide: Alan Vega/Martin Rev
Suicide
Suicide: Alan Vega/Martin Rev
89
critic score
(2)
81
user score
(17)
Mar 28
Genesis - Duke
Genesis
Duke
80
critic score
(1)
76
user score
(17)
Jun 10
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Uprising
Bob Marley & The Wailers
Uprising
90
critic score
(1)
85
user score
(17)
Jul 11
Dexys - Searching for the Young Soul Rebels
Dexys
Searching for the Young Soul Rebels
90
critic score
(1)
87
user score
(17)
Feb 15
Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Get Happy!!
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Get Happy!!
100
critic score
(2)
82
user score
(16)
May
The Cramps - Songs the Lord Taught Us
The Cramps
Songs the Lord Taught Us
75
critic score
(2)
77
user score
(16)
Jul 28
Swell Maps - Jane from Occupied Europe
Swell Maps
Jane from Occupied Europe
90
critic score
(1)
81
user score
(16)
Nov 17
The Fall - Grotesque (After the Gramme)
The Fall
Grotesque (After the Gramme)
80
critic score
(1)
83
user score
(16)
Nov 21
Steely Dan - Gaucho
Steely Dan
Gaucho
85
critic score
(2)
81
user score
(16)
Jan 1
Laraaji - Ambient 3: Day of Radiance
Laraaji
Ambient 3: Day of Radiance
80
critic score
(2)
84
user score
(15)
Sep 29
Stevie Wonder - Hotter Than July
Stevie Wonder
Hotter Than July
85
critic score
(2)
83
user score
(15)
Nov 17
John Lennon & Yoko Ono - Double Fantasy
John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Double Fantasy
74
critic score
(3)
59
user score
(15)
Aug 22
Yes - Drama
Yes
Drama
65
critic score
(2)
71
user score
(14)
Nov 26
Blondie - Autoamerican
Blondie
Autoamerican
40
critic score
(2)
68
user score
(14)
Mar 10
Billy Joel - Glass Houses
Billy Joel
Glass Houses
90
critic score
(1)
79
user score
(13)
May 23
Roxy Music - Flesh + Blood
Roxy Music
Flesh + Blood
53
critic score
(2)
75
user score
(13)
Sep 27
The B-52's - Wild Planet
The B-52's
Wild Planet
95
critic score
(2)
78
user score
(13)
Sep 1
Killing Joke - Killing Joke
Killing Joke
Killing Joke
90
critic score
(1)
80
user score
(12)
Oct 1
Circle Jerks - Group Sex
Circle Jerks
Group Sex
80
critic score
(1)
76
user score
(12)
Dec 5
Queen - Flash Gordon
Queen
Flash Gordon
59
critic score
(4)
48
user score
(12)
Nov 3
Neil Young - Hawks & Doves
Neil Young
Hawks & Doves
59
critic score
(2)
67
user score
(11)
Jan 10
The Buggles - The Age of Plastic
The Buggles
The Age of Plastic
90
critic score
(1)
77
user score
(10)
Jan 1
Pylon - Gyrate
Pylon
Gyrate
90
critic score
(1)
86
user score
(9)
Jan 1
Daniel Johnston - Songs of Pain
Daniel Johnston
Songs of Pain
60
critic score
(2)
81
user score
(9)
Jan 1
This Heat - Health and Efficiency
This Heat
Health and Efficiency
74
critic score
(2)
80
user score
(9)
Jun 11
Ultravox - Vienna
Ultravox
Vienna
90
critic score
(1)
84
user score
(9)
Aug
Chrome - Half Machine Lip Moves
Chrome
Half Machine Lip Moves
80
critic score
(1)
80
user score
(9)
Aug 1
Adam and the Ants - Kings of the Wild Frontier
Adam and the Ants
Kings of the Wild Frontier
70
critic score
(2)
76
user score
(9)
Oct 1
The Residents - Commercial Album
The Residents
Commercial Album
80
critic score
(1)
77
user score
(9)
Nov 1
The Alan Parsons Project - The Turn of a Friendly Card
The Alan Parsons Project
The Turn of a Friendly Card
90
critic score
(1)
74
user score
(9)
Jan 1
Laurie Spiegel - The Expanding Universe
Laurie Spiegel
The Expanding Universe
85
critic score
(1)
81
user score
(8)
Feb 1
Iggy Pop - Soldier
Iggy Pop
Soldier
55
critic score
(2)
58
user score
(8)
Mar 26
Van Halen - Women and Children First
Van Halen
Women and Children First
70
critic score
(2)
70
user score
(8)
Jun
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Joy Division
Love Will Tear Us Apart
80
critic score
(1)
92
user score
(8)
Oct 24
Japan - Gentlemen Take Polaroids
Japan
Gentlemen Take Polaroids
80
critic score
(1)
80
user score
(8)
Jan 1
Half Japanese - 1/2 Gentlemen / Not Beasts
Half Japanese
1/2 Gentlemen / Not Beasts
91
critic score
(2)
85
user score
(7)
Feb 7
The Sugarhill Gang - Sugarhill Gang
The Sugarhill Gang
Sugarhill Gang
80
critic score
(1)
64
user score
(7)
Mar 1
The Pop Group - For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder?
The Pop Group
For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder?
80
critic score
(2)
87
user score
(7)
Mar 1
Glenn Branca - Lesson No. 1
Glenn Branca
Lesson No. 1
89
critic score
(3)
84
user score
(7)
Mar 24
The Beach Boys - Keepin' the Summer Alive
The Beach Boys
Keepin' the Summer Alive
31
critic score
(3)
41
user score
(7)
May 1
The Beat - I Just Can't Stop It
The Beat
I Just Can't Stop It
100
critic score
(1)
76
user score
(7)
May 22
Diana Ross - Diana
Diana Ross
Diana
100
critic score
(1)
80
user score
(7)
Jun 23
Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
Pink Floyd
Comfortably Numb
95
user score
(7)
Aug 9
George Benson - Give Me The Night
George Benson
Give Me The Night
100
critic score
(1)
91
user score
(7)
Sep 23
Barbra Streisand - Guilty
Barbra Streisand
Guilty
90
critic score
(1)
82
user score
(7)
Sep 25
Rita Lee - Rita Lee
Rita Lee
Rita Lee
84
user score
(7)
Oct 2
The Teardrop Explodes - Kilimanjaro
The Teardrop Explodes
Kilimanjaro
75
critic score
(2)
84
user score
(7)
Oct 13
Colin Newman - A-Z
Colin Newman
A-Z
90
critic score
(1)
84
user score
(7)
Nov 1
The Birthday Party - The Birthday Party
The Birthday Party
The Birthday Party
80
critic score
(1)
82
user score
(7)
Jan 1
The Durutti Column - The Return of the Durutti Column
The Durutti Column
The Return of the Durutti Column
90
critic score
(1)
79
user score
(6)
Jan 1
Jon Hassell & Brian Eno - Fourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics
Jon Hassell & Brian Eno
Fourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics
100
critic score
(1)
82
user score
(6)
Jan 1
Steve Reich - Octet / Music for a Large Ensemble / Violin Phase
Steve Reich
Octet / Music for a Large Ensemble / Violin Phase
88
critic score
(2)
89
user score
(6)
Jan 18
John Foxx - Metamatic
John Foxx
Metamatic
90
critic score
(1)
82
user score
(6)
Jun 5
Yellow Magic Orchestra - ×∞Multiplies
Yellow Magic Orchestra
×∞Multiplies
50
critic score
(1)
68
user score
(6)
Aug 15
The Cars - Panorama
The Cars
Panorama
57
critic score
(3)
62
user score
(6)
Sep 5
The Comsat Angels - Waiting for a Miracle
The Comsat Angels
Waiting for a Miracle
90
critic score
(1)
76
user score
(6)
Sep 12
Simple Minds - Empires and Dance
Simple Minds
Empires and Dance
81
critic score
(2)
81
user score
(6)
Sep 26
The Jacksons - Triumph
The Jacksons
Triumph
85
critic score
(2)
76
user score
(6)
Nov 10
Visage - Visage
Visage
Visage
90
critic score
(1)
80
user score
(6)
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