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The Best Pop Rock Albums of 1980

1. The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta

The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta
October 3, 1980
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

2. XTC - Black Sea

XTC - Black Sea
September 12, 1980
Critic Score
91
2 reviews

3. David Bowie - Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)

David Bowie - Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)
September 12, 1980
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

4. Robbie Dupree - Robbie Dupree

Robbie Dupree - Robbie Dupree
January 1, 1980
Critic Score
90
1 review

5. REO Speedwagon - Hi Infidelity

REO Speedwagon - Hi Infidelity
November 21, 1980
Critic Score
90
1 review

6. Donna Summer - The Wanderer

Donna Summer - The Wanderer
October 20, 1980
Critic Score
90
1 review

7. Steely Dan - Gaucho

Steely Dan - Gaucho
November 21, 1980
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

8. Dire Straits - Making Movies

Dire Straits - Making Movies
October 17, 1980
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

9. Genesis - Duke

Genesis - Duke
March 28, 1980
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

10. Pete Townshend - Empty Glass

Pete Townshend - Empty Glass
April 21, 1980
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

11. Split Enz - True Colours

Split Enz - True Colours
June 25, 1980
Critic Score
80
1 review

12. Billy Joel - Glass Houses

Billy Joel - Glass Houses
March 10, 1980
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

13. Pat Benatar - Crimes of Passion

Pat Benatar - Crimes of Passion
August 5, 1980
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

14. John Lennon & Yoko Ono - Double Fantasy

John Lennon & Yoko Ono - Double Fantasy
November 17, 1980
Critic Score
74
3 reviews

15. Paul McCartney - McCartney II

Paul McCartney - McCartney II
May 16, 1980
Critic Score
71
6 reviews

16. The Rolling Stones - Emotional Rescue

The Rolling Stones - Emotional Rescue
June 20, 1980
Critic Score
70
2 reviews

17. Boz Scaggs - Middle Man

Boz Scaggs - Middle Man
April 20, 1980
Critic Score
65
2 reviews

18. Cheap Trick - All Shook Up

Cheap Trick - All Shook Up
October 24, 1980
Critic Score
60
2 reviews

19. Carly Simon - Come Upstairs

Carly Simon - Come Upstairs
June 16, 1980
Critic Score
60
1 review

20. Queen - Flash Gordon

Queen - Flash Gordon
December 5, 1980
Critic Score
59
4 reviews

21. The Cars - Panorama

The Cars - Panorama
August 15, 1980
Critic Score
57
3 reviews

22. Roxy Music - Flesh + Blood

Roxy Music - Flesh + Blood
May 23, 1980
Critic Score
53
2 reviews

23. Rod Stewart - Foolish Behaviour

Rod Stewart - Foolish Behaviour
November 21, 1980
Critic Score
50
2 reviews

24. Blondie - Autoamerican

Blondie - Autoamerican
November 26, 1980
Critic Score
40
2 reviews

25. INXS - INXS

INXS - INXS
October 13, 1980
Critic Score
40
1 review
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