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
(831)
Jul 18
Joy Division - Closer
Joy Division
Closer
95
critic score
(4)
91
user score
(620)
Sep 12
David Bowie - Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)
David Bowie
Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)
90
critic score
(3)
85
user score
(331)
Jul 25
AC/DC - Back in Black
AC/DC
Back in Black
92
critic score
(4)
79
user score
(218)
Sep 2
Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
Dead Kennedys
Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
88
critic score
(4)
87
user score
(177)
Oct 8
Prince - Dirty Mind
Prince
Dirty Mind
99
critic score
(6)
86
user score
(164)
Apr 18
The Cure - Seventeen Seconds
The Cure
Seventeen Seconds
71
critic score
(4)
79
user score
(142)
Sep 5
Kate Bush - Never For Ever
Kate Bush
Never For Ever
70
critic score
(2)
84
user score
(116)
Jun 27
Queen - The Game
Queen
The Game
78
critic score
(4)
72
user score
(110)
Apr 14
Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden
83
critic score
(3)
79
user score
(107)
Oct 1
Bauhaus - In the Flat Field
Bauhaus
In the Flat Field
86
critic score
(2)
84
user score
(101)
Oct 17
Bruce Springsteen - The River
Bruce Springsteen
The River
90
critic score
(3)
86
user score
(94)
Oct 20
U2 - Boy
U2
Boy
77
critic score
(6)
78
user score
(83)
Apr 25
Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell
Black Sabbath
Heaven and Hell
78
critic score
(4)
80
user score
(82)
Dec 12
The Clash - Sandinista!
The Clash
Sandinista!
75
critic score
(2)
77
user score
(80)
Apr 1
The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms
The Feelies
Crazy Rhythms
96
critic score
(2)
86
user score
(70)
Apr 1
X - Los Angeles
X
Los Angeles
100
critic score
(1)
84
user score
(66)
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)
79
user score
(62)
Feb 1
Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth
Young Marble Giants
Colossal Youth
90
critic score
(8)
86
user score
(56)
Nov 8
Motörhead - Ace of Spades
Motörhead
Ace of Spades
95
critic score
(2)
84
user score
(54)
Jan 1
Rush - Permanent Waves
Rush
Permanent Waves
90
critic score
(1)
79
user score
(53)
Apr 14
Judas Priest - British Steel
Judas Priest
British Steel
73
critic score
(3)
80
user score
(50)
Sep 1
Tom Waits - Heartattack and Vine
Tom Waits
Heartattack and Vine
75
critic score
(3)
79
user score
(44)
Sep 20
Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz
Ozzy Osbourne
Blizzard of Ozz
85
critic score
(2)
82
user score
(44)
May 23
Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel
90
critic score
(2)
82
user score
(41)
Oct 3
The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta
The Police
Zenyatta Mondatta
100
critic score
(2)
76
user score
(41)
May 14
Devo - Freedom of Choice
Devo
Freedom of Choice
67
critic score
(3)
79
user score
(39)
Aug 1
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Kaleidoscope
Siouxsie and the Banshees
Kaleidoscope
90
critic score
(1)
84
user score
(39)
Nov 1
The Sound - Jeopardy
The Sound
Jeopardy
90
critic score
(1)
86
user score
(36)
Jul 18
Echo & the Bunnymen - Crocodiles
Echo & the Bunnymen
Crocodiles
86
critic score
(4)
78
user score
(35)
Jun 28
The Soft Boys - Underwater Moonlight
The Soft Boys
Underwater Moonlight
95
critic score
(3)
81
user score
(34)
Oct 17
Dire Straits - Making Movies
Dire Straits
Making Movies
85
critic score
(2)
80
user score
(33)
Jun 10
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Uprising
Bob Marley & The Wailers
Uprising
90
critic score
(1)
83
user score
(32)
Sep 12
XTC - Black Sea
XTC
Black Sea
91
critic score
(2)
87
user score
(32)
Nov 3
ABBA - Super Trouper
ABBA
Super Trouper
60
critic score
(2)
76
user score
(32)
Jan 11
Pretenders - Pretenders
Pretenders
Pretenders
100
critic score
(3)
86
user score
(31)
Jun 20
The Rolling Stones - Emotional Rescue
The Rolling Stones
Emotional Rescue
70
critic score
(2)
68
user score
(31)
Nov 28
The Jam - Sound Affects
The Jam
Sound Affects
90
critic score
(3)
79
user score
(31)
Jun 23
Bob Dylan - Saved
Bob Dylan
Saved
48
critic score
(3)
40
user score
(30)
May 9
Grace Jones - Warm Leatherette
Grace Jones
Warm Leatherette
88
critic score
(2)
85
user score
(29)
May 16
Paul McCartney - McCartney II
Paul McCartney
McCartney II
71
critic score
(6)
68
user score
(29)
Jan 1
Suicide - Suicide: Alan Vega/Martin Rev
Suicide
Suicide: Alan Vega/Martin Rev
89
critic score
(2)
79
user score
(28)
Jan 19
Wipers - Is This Real?
Wipers
Is This Real?
80
critic score
(1)
82
user score
(28)
Feb 5
The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
The Cure
Boys Don't Cry
80
critic score
(2)
85
user score
(28)
May
The Cramps - Songs the Lord Taught Us
The Cramps
Songs the Lord Taught Us
75
critic score
(2)
78
user score
(28)
Feb 4
Ramones - End of the Century
Ramones
End of the Century
68
critic score
(3)
70
user score
(27)
Aug 22
Yes - Drama
Yes
Drama
65
critic score
(2)
69
user score
(27)
Sep 1
Killing Joke - Killing Joke
Killing Joke
Killing Joke
90
critic score
(1)
80
user score
(27)
Mar 28
Genesis - Duke
Genesis
Duke
80
critic score
(2)
77
user score
(26)
Jan 1
Laraaji - Ambient 3: Day of Radiance
Laraaji
Ambient 3: Day of Radiance
80
critic score
(2)
80
user score
(25)
Aug 1
Captain Beefheart - Doc at the Radar Station
Captain Beefheart
Doc at the Radar Station
90
critic score
(1)
82
user score
(25)
Sep 29
Stevie Wonder - Hotter Than July
Stevie Wonder
Hotter Than July
85
critic score
(2)
81
user score
(25)
Nov 21
Steely Dan - Gaucho
Steely Dan
Gaucho
85
critic score
(2)
80
user score
(25)
Nov 26
Blondie - Autoamerican
Blondie
Autoamerican
40
critic score
(2)
68
user score
(25)
Nov 17
The Fall - Grotesque (After the Gramme)
The Fall
Grotesque (After the Gramme)
80
critic score
(1)
83
user score
(24)
Nov 17
John Lennon & Yoko Ono - Double Fantasy
John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Double Fantasy
74
critic score
(3)
67
user score
(24)
Jul 11
Dexys - Searching for the Young Soul Rebels
Dexys
Searching for the Young Soul Rebels
90
critic score
(1)
85
user score
(22)
Jan 1
Daniel Johnston - Songs of Pain
Daniel Johnston
Songs of Pain
60
critic score
(2)
79
user score
(21)
Feb 15
Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Get Happy!!
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Get Happy!!
97
critic score
(3)
83
user score
(21)
Mar 10
Billy Joel - Glass Houses
Billy Joel
Glass Houses
75
critic score
(2)
77
user score
(21)
Jan 1
The Durutti Column - The Return of the Durutti Column
The Durutti Column
The Return of the Durutti Column
90
critic score
(1)
80
user score
(20)
Jul 28
Swell Maps - Jane from Occupied Europe
Swell Maps
Jane from Occupied Europe
90
critic score
(1)
81
user score
(20)
Sep 25
Rita Lee - Rita Lee
Rita Lee
Rita Lee
83
user score
(19)
Sep 27
The B-52's - Wild Planet
The B-52's
Wild Planet
95
critic score
(2)
79
user score
(18)
Oct 1
Circle Jerks - Group Sex
Circle Jerks
Group Sex
80
critic score
(1)
78
user score
(18)
Jun
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Joy Division
Love Will Tear Us Apart
80
critic score
(1)
92
user score
(17)
Dec 5
Queen - Flash Gordon
Queen
Flash Gordon
59
critic score
(4)
48
user score
(17)
Jan 1
This Heat - Health and Efficiency
This Heat
Health and Efficiency
74
critic score
(2)
80
user score
(16)
May 22
Diana Ross - Diana
Diana Ross
Diana
85
critic score
(2)
81
user score
(16)
Oct
The Residents - Commercial Album
The Residents
Commercial Album
80
critic score
(1)
80
user score
(16)
Jan 1
Half Japanese - 1/2 Gentlemen / Not Beasts
Half Japanese
1/2 Gentlemen / Not Beasts
91
critic score
(2)
85
user score
(15)
Jan 10
The Buggles - The Age of Plastic
The Buggles
The Age of Plastic
90
critic score
(1)
74
user score
(15)
May 23
Roxy Music - Flesh + Blood
Roxy Music
Flesh + Blood
53
critic score
(2)
77
user score
(15)
Jun 11
Ultravox - Vienna
Ultravox
Vienna
90
critic score
(1)
82
user score
(15)
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
(14)
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)
82
user score
(13)
Mar 24
The Beach Boys - Keepin' the Summer Alive
The Beach Boys
Keepin' the Summer Alive
31
critic score
(3)
36
user score
(13)
Jun 23
Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
Pink Floyd
Comfortably Numb
88
user score
(13)
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)
78
user score
(13)
Feb 1
Iggy Pop - Soldier
Iggy Pop
Soldier
55
critic score
(2)
57
user score
(12)
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
(12)
Sep 26
The Jacksons - Triumph
The Jacksons
Triumph
85
critic score
(2)
74
user score
(12)
Nov 3
Neil Young - Hawks & Doves
Neil Young
Hawks & Doves
59
critic score
(2)
66
user score
(12)
Jan 1
Laurie Spiegel - The Expanding Universe
Laurie Spiegel
The Expanding Universe
85
critic score
(3)
83
user score
(11)
Feb 7
The Sugarhill Gang - Sugarhill Gang
The Sugarhill Gang
Sugarhill Gang
80
critic score
(1)
64
user score
(11)
Mar 26
Van Halen - Women and Children First
Van Halen
Women and Children First
70
critic score
(2)
65
user score
(11)
Oct 1
The Specials - More Specials
The Specials
More Specials
65
critic score
(2)
83
user score
(11)
Jan 1
Pylon - Gyrate
Pylon
Gyrate
90
critic score
(1)
85
user score
(10)
Jan 18
John Foxx - Metamatic
John Foxx
Metamatic
90
critic score
(1)
82
user score
(10)
Apr 1
Lou Reed - Growing Up in Public
Lou Reed
Growing Up in Public
50
critic score
(1)
73
user score
(10)
Oct 24
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Organisation
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Organisation
71
critic score
(2)
81
user score
(10)
Oct 24
Japan - Gentlemen Take Polaroids
Japan
Gentlemen Take Polaroids
80
critic score
(1)
79
user score
(10)
Nov 10
Visage - Visage
Visage
Visage
90
critic score
(1)
76
user score
(10)
Mar 31
Scorpions - Animal Magnetism
Scorpions
Animal Magnetism
50
critic score
(1)
70
user score
(9)
Jul 28
Zapp - Zapp
Zapp
Zapp
80
critic score
(1)
76
user score
(9)
Aug 9
George Benson - Give Me The Night
George Benson
Give Me The Night
100
critic score
(1)
89
user score
(9)
Aug 15
The Cars - Panorama
The Cars
Panorama
57
critic score
(3)
66
user score
(9)
Sep 5
Gary Numan - Telekon
Gary Numan
Telekon
72
critic score
(4)
74
user score
(9)
Sep 29
Kurtis Blow - Kurtis Blow
Kurtis Blow
Kurtis Blow
75
critic score
(2)
61
user score
(9)
Oct 2
The Teardrop Explodes - Kilimanjaro
The Teardrop Explodes
Kilimanjaro
75
critic score
(2)
78
user score
(9)
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